Mini Alt Teams Invitational
CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
1. Mini Alt Teams Invitational will be hosted in Bridge Base Online from 15th to 17th of March, 2021.
Our event does not overlap with ACBL NAOBC.
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 getting such an invitation and have the idea they meet the standard of Alt’s various events, can apply for that.
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Should a team be disqualified and/or withdrawn by themselves (before or during the event), no refund of the entry fees will be made.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: three days, 48 boards per day from 10:00 Eastern Time (16:00 CET) till 17:00 Eastern Time (23:00 CET).
Two possible scenarios (depending on the number of teams): either 4 matches of 12 boards per day (12 matches in total) or 3 matches of 16 boards per day (9 matches in total).
Monday, 15 March 2021
10:00 Eastern Time / 16:00 CET – Round 01 (12 boards)
11:50 Eastern Time / 17:50 CET – Round 02 (12 boards)
13:40 Eastern Time / 19:40 CET – Round 03 (12 boards)
15:30 Eastern Time / 21:30 CET – Round 04 (12 boards)
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
10:00 Eastern Time / 16:00 CET – Round 05 (12 boards)
11:50 Eastern Time / 17:50 CET – Round 06 (12 boards)
13:40 Eastern Time / 19:40 CET – Round 07 (12 boards)
15:30 Eastern Time / 21:30 CET – Round 08 (12 boards)
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
10:00 Eastern Time / 16:00 CET – Round 09 (12 boards)
11:50 Eastern Time / 17:50 CET – Round 10 (12 boards)
13:40 Eastern Time / 19:40 CET – Round 11 (12 boards)
15:30 Eastern Time / 21:30 CET – Round 12 (12 boards)
The event will be played as a single stage competition in the form of a “Swiss”. Two possible scenarios (depending on the number of teams): either 12 rounds of 12 boards (4 rounds per day) or 9 rounds of 16 boards (3 rounds per day). The last round will be “Danish” (1st vs 2nd, 3rd vs 4th, 5th vs 6th etc. with playbacks allowed).
The results of each match shall be converted into Victory Points in accordance with the appropriate WBF IMP/VP scales.
Any 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.
All matches will be played without change of the line-up; unless there is a serious reason for that, to be decided by the TD.
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.
6. 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.
If players explain bids via chat they should set the recipients to Opponents, not Table, so that only opponents see the explanation not partner. But the best way is to explain the bids via the BBO alert mechanism.
Players alert their own bids.
The use of both HUM systems and ‘Brown Sticker’ systems is prohibited.
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.
The time limit will be announced when the exact format of the event is defined. 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.
7. Request of the TD ruling
This tournament will of course be played in the most respectful way possible. Fun and good bridge are paramount. Alt Team relies on reluctance and restraint to call the Director. Should a team find a serious cause for demanding a ruling, then this will only be dealt with if the captain of the team announces this via email within 45 minutes after the last board played (with an explanation and a request for a specific adjustment of the score). Alt Team will inform the other team and give that team the opportunity (through its captain) to respond via an email within 45 minutes after being informed. The protest will be decided by a qualified director; or world class player; no further appeal will be possible after his/her decision.
To submit protests, you should send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. There will be individual Alt points (for the ’Triple F Alt Point Race’) assigned to the players who played at least 25% of the boards. The points as such will be published in the Alt bulletin.
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 respective WBF Victory Points scale for 12 or 16 boards will apply.
Last update: February 17, 2021