NEW ALT COMPETITION (NewCo)

 

 

CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

 

 

 

1. New Alt Competition (NewCo) will be hosted in Bridge Base Online and consist of 10 independent team tournaments being played once a month.

 

Each tournament will be played during one week from Monday to Friday within the range between 10:00 EDT (16:00 CET) and 15:00 EDT (21:00 CET); 32 boards per day.

 

 

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Should a team be disqualified and/or withdrawn by themselves (before or during the event), no refund of the entry fees will be made.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

 

The time schedule will be as follows:

 

All days Monday – Friday

 

10:00 EST / 16:00 CET – 12:10 EST / 18:10 CET – Session 1 (16 boards)

12:30 EST / 18:30 CET – 14:40 EST / 20:40 CET – Session 2 (16 boards)

 

 

4. Format

 

Each tournament will be played in several groups. In that case:

 

The group structure for the first tournament will be:

Group 1A – 6 teams – double Round Robin

Group 1B – 6 teams – double Round Robin

Group 3 – all the rest – Swiss (no Danish)

 

The composition of the groups for the first tournament will be decided by the Alt Team.

 

After the first tournament (movement to the second tournament):

 

Group 1A

1 – 3 move to Group A

4 – 5 move to Group B

6 moves to Group C

 

Group 1B

1 – 3 move to Group A

4 – 5 move to Group B

6 moves to Group C

 

Group 3

1 – 2 move to Group B

3 – 6 move to Group C

The rest move to Group D

 

Starting from the second tournament:

 

 

NewCo is always open to new teams.

 

 

The results of each match shall be converted into Victory Points in accordance with the appropriate WBF IMP/VP scales (see p. 10 below).

A team will receive 12 VP for any match that is a BYE.

In order to determine the final ranking, a tie between two teams will be broken by the result of the match between those two teams. If there should still be a tie, then the IMP quotient of all matches will be taken into consideration to break the tie.

 

 

5. Line-Up and Seating Rights

 

All 16-board sessions 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 taking into account the following provisions regarding the seating rights below.

 

 

Seating rights:

 

In the first groups (double Round Robin) the Visiting team submits its line-up not later than 1 hour before the start of the round, and the Home team not later than 30 minutes before the start of the round. If the team required to submit its line-up first is late, the other team shall be allowed 5 minutes from the time of such late submission in which to submit its line-up.

 

In the last group in case of 6 teams (double Round Robin) the same provision will be applied. In case of 8+ teams there will be no seating rights, the line-up will be blind with the deadline 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.

 

Once the line-up is submitted it can only be changed with permission of the TD.

 

 

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 of the same group will play duplicated (the same) boards.

 

The Alt Team allows kibitzers. However this decision can at any time in any group be revoked. The communication between players and kibitzers will be forbidden.

 

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

 

Undo and claiming: Alt Team 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 must be shut down till the TD arrives. The TD will 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. Bids must be alerted before entering the bids. If you don’t alert before making your bid, your opponent may think that your bid is natural, make his/her bid, then see the Alert and legitimately ask for an undo in case the information changes his/her perspectives.

 

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 or calculation or technique between the commencement of the auction and the end of play.

 

The gravest possible offence is for a partnership to exchange information through non-public communication or (individual) players self-kibitzing.

 

If players experience highly suspicious plays, we encourage you to send a report to the organizers at info@netbridge.online. We will not reveal your name as source.

 

Players are expected to finish 16 boards within 2 hours 10 minutes. 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. Netbridge 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). Netbridge 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: info@netbridge.online

 

 

8. After each tournament Alt will assign the Alt points to the teams (captains). After all 10 tournaments the best 6 teams with maximum sum of the Alt points will be invited to play the Grand Final of the New Alt Competition 2021. 

 

Also 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 their team was supposed to play.

 

The points as such are to be found 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 WBF Victory Points scale for 16 boards:

 

IMP

VP

 

IMP

VP

0

10.00

10.00

 

31

16.88

3.12

1

10.31

9.69

 

32

17.03

2.97

2

10.61

9.39

 

33

17.17

2.83

3

10.91

9.09

 

34

17.31

2.69

4

11.20

8.80

 

35

17.45

2.55

5

11.48

8.52

 

36

17.59

2.41

6

11.76

8.24

 

37

17.72

2.28

7

12.03

7.97

 

38

17.85

2.15

8

12.29

7.71

 

39

17.97

2.03

9

12.55

7.45

 

40

18.09

1.91

10

12.80

7.20

 

41

18.21

1.79

11

13.04

6.96

 

42

18.33

1.67

12

13.28

6.72

 

43

18.44

1.56

13

13.52

6.48

 

44

18.55

1.45

14

13.75

6.25

 

45

18.66

1.34

15

13.97

6.03

 

46

18.77

1.23

16

14.18

5.82

 

47

18.87

1.13

17

14.39

5.61

 

48

18.97

1.03

18

14.60

5.40

 

49

19.07

0.93

19

14.80

5.20

 

50

19.16

0.84

20

15.00

5.00

 

51

19.25

0.75

21

15.19

4.81

 

52

19.34

0.66

22

15.38

4.62

 

53

19.43

0.57

23

15.56

4.44

 

54

19.52

0.48

24

15.74

4.26

 

55

19.61

0.39

25

15.92

4.08

 

56

19.69

0.31

26

16.09

3.91

 

57

19.77

0.23

27

16.26

3.74

 

58

19.85

0.15

28

16.42

3.58

 

59

19.93

0.07

29

16.58

3.42

 

60

20.00

0.00

30

16.73

3.27

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update: January 20, 2021