Alt supports CAT – Felines to the rescue

 

 

CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

 

 

 

1. "Alt supports CAT – Felines to the rescue" event will be hosted in Bridge Base Online from 19th to 21st of December, 2020.

 

 

2. All participants are bound by the regulations contained within this document.

 

The Alt Organization emphasizes that all their events are on invitation.

 

Teams who are interested in participating and believe they meet the standard of Alt’s various events can apply for an invitation.

 

Invitations for this event will be issued to teams of 4 – 10 players.

 

Alt reserves the right not to invite any team/player without giving a reason.

 

At the moment teams and/or players (also who have played in the Alt before) are applying, they agree on the reserved rights as mentioned.

 

Should a team be disqualified and/or withdrawn by themselves (before or during the event), no refund of the entry fees will be made.

 

 

3. Schedule of play:

 

Saturday, 19 December 2020

10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Swiss Round 1 (8 boards)

11:30 EDT / 17:30 CET – Swiss Round 2 (8 boards)

13:00 EDT / 19:00 CET – Swiss Round 3 (8 boards)

14:30 EDT / 20:30 CET – Swiss Round 4 (8 boards)

16:00 EDT / 22:00 CET – Swiss Round 5 (8 boards)

 

Sunday, 20 December 2020

10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Swiss Round 6 (8 boards)

11:30 EDT / 17:30 CET – Swiss Round 7 (8 boards)

13:00 EDT / 19:00 CET – Swiss Round 8 (8 boards)

14:30 EDT / 20:30 CET – Swiss Round 9 (8 boards)

16:00 EDT / 22:00 CET – Swiss Round 10 (8 boards)

 

Monday, 21 December 2020

10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Quarterfinal (16 boards)

12:30 EDT / 18:30 CET – Semifinal (20 boards)

15:30 EDT / 21:30 CET – Final (24 boards)

 

 

4. Qualifying Stage

 

The qualifying stage will be played in the form of a “Swiss” and will consist of 80 boards played in 10 matches of 8 boards each. The results of each match shall be converted into Victory Points in accordance with the appropriate WBF IMP/VP scales (see p. 10 below).

 

In the Swiss stage, any possible errors in assigning opponents shall not invalidate the result of that, or any other, match.

 

In case of an odd number of teams the bye team will receive 12 VPs.

 

In the event of two or more teams having the same number of Victory Points, their rankings will be determined as follows:

 

The top 8 teams from the Swiss qualifying stage will advance to the knockout stage.

 

 

5. Knockout Stage

 

Before the start of the knockout stage a fixed (standard) bracket will be created and the teams placed 1st – 4th in the Swiss will be seeded no. 1 – 4.

 

The teams placed 1st – 3rd in the Swiss, in that order, get to choose their opponents from the teams placed 5th – 8th in the Swiss. Those chosen teams are assigned seed no. 8 – 6 respectively. The teams placed 4th in the Swiss will play the quarterfinal against the remaining team which gets no. 5.

 

Quarterfinal and semifinal will be played over 1 segment of 16(QF) / 20(SF) boards each with possible change of the line-up after 8(QF) / 10(SF) boards (see p. 6 below). Final will be played over 24 boards, 2 separate segments of 12 boards each.

 

There will be the following carry over:

 

 

6. Line-Up

 

All matches of the Swiss qualifying stage will be played without change of the line-up; unless there is a serious reason for that, to be decided by the TD.

 

In the quarterfinal and semifinal change of the line-up is possible after 8(QF) / 10(SF) boards provided that no player can change the compass direction (so East will stay East and so on).

 

The final will consist of 2 separate segments, so there are no restrictions on the line-up.

 

The teams are expected to submit their line-up as soon as practical but in any case not later than 30 minutes before the start of the round.

 

Teams who infringe this regulation will be subject to VP penalties according to this scale:

 

The line-up must be submitted through the line-up web utility. All captains will be provided with the respective link and the password.

 

It is possible to change the submitted line-up but not later than 30 minutes before the start of the round.

 

The line-up is completely blind and will not be published before the start of the round.

 

 

7. Running the matches

 

All players involved must be online and logged in to Bridge Base Online 10 minutes before the start of the round at the latest.

 

Players should have their official name on BBO profile. Private isn't allowed. Teams who infringe this regulation will be subject to VP penalties according to this scale:

 

The Tournament Director will create the tables and send invitations to the players in accordance with the submitted line-ups. Players are requested to accept the invitation immediately upon receipt.

 

All tables will play duplicated boards (same boards for every team).

 

The table settings will allow kibitzers but forbid communication between players and kibitzers.

 

Barometer scoring will be OFF. The scores are only visible (for the players) after the last board has been played. Kibitzers can see the scores during the match.

 

Undo and claiming: Alt encourages the players to accept the opponent’s undo in the obvious misclick situations during the bidding as well as play. In case such undo is refused a player gets one “challenge” whereby the TD can be summoned to the table. Play at the moment of the refusal must be shut down till the TD arrives. The TD is the one who can assess the situation, and if he believes the undo is justified by an obvious misclick that no reasonable player should refuse, the undo has to be accepted by the opponents.

 

Players alert their own bids.

 

If players explain bids via chat they should set the recipients to Opponents, not Table, so that only opponents see the explanation not partner. The best way is to explain the bids via the BBO alert mechanism.

 

Players may not consult their own system card and use any aids to their memory, calculation or technique between the commencement of the auction period and the end of play.

 

The gravest possible offence is for a partnership to exchange information through prearranged methods of communication other than those sanctioned by the Laws of Bridge or self-kibitzing.

 

Players are expected to finish 8 boards within 1 hour. The Tournament Director may remove unplayed boards if in his opinion a delay in finishing the match in the allotted time would interfere with the smooth running of the competition.

 

 

8. Request of the TD ruling

 

The Alt team strongly encourages participants to play in the most respectful way. Any player can summon the Director to the table in case of irregularities. The time for a request for a TD ruling expires 30 minutes after the end of the match. All requests will be decided by a qualified Director (if appropriate - in consultation with another directors and/or world class players); no further appeal will be possible after his/her decision.

 

To submit protests, captains should send an email to: info@netbridge.online

 

 

9. These Regulations may be amended and augmented at the discretion of the organizing committee if circumstances so warrant so as to ensure the smooth, efficient and enjoyable running of the tournament.

 

Although this tournament isn't aligenced with any bridge federation we will cooperate and provide them with all the information necessary to detect and prevent cheating.

 

 

10. The WBF Victory Points scale for 8 boards:

 

IMP

VP

 

IMP

VP

0

10.00

10.00

 

22

16.90

3.10

1

10.44

9.56

 

23

17.11

2.89

2

10.86

9.14

 

24

17.31

2.69

3

11.27

8.73

 

25

17.50

2.50

4

11.67

8.33

 

26

17.69

2.31

5

12.05

7.95

 

27

17.87

2.13

6

12.42

7.58

 

28

18.04

1.96

7

12.77

7.23

 

29

18.21

1.79

8

13.12

6.88

 

30

18.37

1.63

9

13.45

6.55

 

31

18.53

1.47

10

13.78

6.22

 

32

18.68

1.32

11

14.09

5.91

 

33

18.83

1.17

12

14.39

5.61

 

34

18.97

1.03

13

14.68

5.32

 

35

19.11

0.89

14

14.96

5.04

 

36

19.24

0.76

15

15.23

4.77

 

37

19.37

0.63

16

15.50

4.50

 

38

19.50

0.50

17

15.75

4.25

 

39

19.62

0.38

18

16.00

4.00

 

40

19.74

0.26

19

16.23

3.77

 

41

19.85

0.15

20

16.46

3.54

 

42

19.95

0.05

21

16.68

3.32

 

43

20.00

0.00

 

 

Last update: October 13, 2020