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Welcome to CBAI South Midland Region
Kilkenny Bridge Congress 2017

Kilkenny Bridge Congress will be held on Friday 24th November 2017 to Sunday 26th November 2017.

To facilitate the eager players in Open Pairs there will be 3 sessions of Open Pairs on Sunday.

11.00 a.m.,  2.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.

Please note early start on Sunday evening.  

Welcome to the South Midland Region Website.
Welcome to the South Midland Region Website.

The South Midland Region consists of Clubs from Carlow, Laois, Kilkenny and South Kildare.

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Contract Bridge Association of Ireland  Camrose Trophy, Lady Milne Trophy and Teltscher Trophy 2018

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland

 Camrose Trophy, Lady Milne Trophy and Teltscher Trophy 2018

 

The Camrose, Lady Milne and Teltscher Trophies are the three home international competitions in which teams from England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete against each other annually. The dates and venues for these events in the coming season are:

 

CAMROSE:                        Date:    5th to  7th January 2018          Venue: Northern Ireland

                                                Date:    2nd to  4th March 2018             Venue: CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston, Co Meath

 

LADY MILNE:                  Date:    13th to 15th April 2018            Venue: Scotland

 

TELTSCHER:                   Date:    18th to 20th May 2018               Venue: Wales

 

The C.B.A.I. International Committee (I.C.) will hold trials to select teams to represent the Republic of Ireland in  the Lady Milne and Teltscher trophy events and the CBAI team for the Camrose.

The dates/format/venue and information in respect of each series of trials are set out here-under.

 

1. CAMROSE TRIALS

Ireland, as the host country for the final week-end of the Camrose Trophy in 2018, will be represented by two teams, namely the Republic of Ireland and the C.B.A.I. in the Camrose Trophy

The I.C. has decided, subject to acceptance, that the Republic of Ireland team will be represented by:-

Rory Boland, John Carroll, Tommy Garvey, Tom Hanlon, Hugh McGann, Mark Moran, Grainne Barton (capt). 

 

Dates

Trials to select a team to represent the C.B.A.I. team will be held in Templeogue Bridge Centre, Dublin on the week-end of 27th October to 30th October 2017 with start of play no earlier than noon on Friday and conclusion of play no later than 6.00 p.m. on Monday.

 

Entries

Entries are invited from teams-of-four or teams-of-six players who are willing to represent the Republic of Ireland (as the C.B.A.I. team) in the Camrose Trophy. The closing date for receipt of entries is the 29th September 2017 and entries, accompanied by the entrance fee of €75 per player, must be submitted to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters on or before that date.

 

Qualification

Each player entering the Camrose trials must meet the following criteria: 

·         Have a minimum holding of one hundred (100) National Points at entry date or

·         Have previously played in the Camrose Trials or

·         A Junior player as nominated by the CBAI Junior Committee as being of sufficient standard and ability to play in the Camrose trials, such nominations being limited to a maximum of four junior players.

 

Format

Whereas the exact format (i.e. schedule and number of boards per round) of the trials will be decided by the International Committee after the closing date for entries when the number of teams entered in the trials will be known, it is envisaged that the format will be a single or double round robin wherein each team will play a direct match over as many boards as possible against each of the other teams.

 

2. LADY MILNE TRIALS

 

Dates

The International Committee has decided that a different approach should be followed this year. In the revised arrangements a panel of pairs (6) will be formed into a squad from which a team to represent the Republic of Ireland will be chosen. To gain admission to this squad, trials will be held in Templeogue Bridge Centre, Dublin from the 8th September 2017 to 10th September 2017 and from the 29th September 2017 to 1st October 2017. The start of play on each week-end will be no earlier than noon on Friday with conclusion of play no later than 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.

Entries

Entries are invited from pairs willing to partake in a squad and represent the Republic of Ireland in the Lady Milne. The closing date for receipt of entries is the 11th August 2017 and entries, accompanied by the entrance fee of €100 per player, must be submitted to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters on or before that date. The I.C. may in exceptional circumstances accept entries after the closing date.

 

Qualification

Each player entering the Lady Milne trials must meet one of the following criteria:

•                      Have a minimum holding of forty (40) National Points at the date of entry or

•                      A Junior player as nominated by the CBAI Junior Committee as being of sufficient standard and ability to play in the Lady Milne trials, such nominations being limited to a maximum of four junior players.

 

Format

The I.C. intends to form a squad of six (6) pairs from which the Lady Milne team will be selected. The selected pairs in the squad must be prepared to partake in coaching sessions and practice matches as specified by the I.C.

Whereas the exact schedule and number of boards per round will be decided after the closing date when the number of pairs entered in the trials is known, it is envisaged that the format used to select the squad will be a pairs event using Butler and/or cross-imps scoring, and will involve a single or double round robin in the qualifying round and final round, with each pair playing a direct match over as many boards as possible against the other pairs.

•                      The final round is likely to involve 12 Pairs consisting of a minimum of six (6) pairs from the qualifying round and a maximum of 8 pairs who have both entered the trials and represented the Republic of Ireland as a pair in the Lady Milne Trophy in the years 2013 to 2017 inclusive, to whom the I.C. may offer exemption. The exact composition of the field for the final round will be determined following receipt of entries and the number of exemptions will be decided at that stage.

•                      If the number of pairs entering is such that the IC consider a qualifying round to be a meaningless exercise the Trials will be run over just the second week-end - September 29th to October 1st - and the squad will be formed with the leading 6 pairs from these Trials.

 

3. SENIOR TRIALS

 

Dates

Trials to select a team to represent the Republic of Ireland in this event will be held in the Templeogue Bridge Centre, Dublin on the week-end of 24th to 26th November 2017 with start of play no earlier than noon on Friday and conclusion of play no later than 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Entries

Entries are invited from teams-of-four players or teams-of-six players willing to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Teltscher trophy. The closing date for receipt of entries is 27th October 2017 and entries, accompanied by the entrance fee of €75 per player must be submitted to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters on or before that date.

The I.C. may in exceptional circumstances accept entries after the closing date.

 

Qualification

Each player entering the Senior trials must meet the following criteria:

•                      Have attained the age of sixty (60) years before or during the calendar year 2018 and

•                     Have a minimum holding of seventy five (75) National Points at entry date.

 

Format

Whereas the exact format (i.e. schedule and number of boards per round) of these trials will be decided by the International Committee after the closing date for entries when the number of teams entered in these trials will be known, it is envisaged that the format will be a single or double round robin wherein each team will play a direct match over as many boards as possible against each of the other teams.

 

International Committee

Michael McGloughlin (Convenor), Grainne Barton, Thomas MacCormac, Maureen Pattinson, Diarmuid Reddan, Tomás Roche.                                                                                                                                             26 June 2017.

 

Rules/Regulations re Substitutes and Systems for C.B.A.I. trials

 

Substitutes

 

Subject to the approval of the International Committee (I.C.), a team-of-four in the Camrose trials and Senior trials may be allowed one substitute for a limited number of boards. A substitution, which in the opinion of the I.C. significantly affects the strength/weakness of a team, is unlikely to be approved.

If a suitable substitute cannot be found for a match, the Tournament Director will award a score of 12 V.P. or such higher percentage achieved in the round robin, to the non-offending team for that match. Substitutes will not be allowed on teams-of-six.

Requests for substitutes for what the I.C. considers to be convenience reasons will not be approved. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the T.D. is empowered to make emergency substitutions.

 

In order to qualify to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Camrose and Teltscher trophies, each player on a team-of-four must play throughout the trials (unless a substitute has been accepted) and each player on team-of-six must play a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the boards in the round robin.

 

Systems

All players participating in these trials must have two identical copies of their systems available to present to their opponents prior to the commencement of play in each session. Both members of a partnership are restricted to a single system and both must play the same system and methods in bidding and play. All teams are restricted to a maximum of four system cards.

 

The W.B.F. Convention Card or equivalent must be used and may be downloaded at website below:-

http://www.ecatsbridge.com/documents/wbfinfo/systemsinfo/conventioncards.asp

Hard copies of the W.B.F. Convention Card are available from the C.B.A.I. National Headquarters.

Failure to fulfil this obligation or presentation of a Convention Card that, in the opinion of the Tournament Director is insufficiently detailed, will render each team liable to an automatic penalty of 1 VP per match.

 

Highly Unusual Methods (HUM) are permitted, subject to full disclosure, in the Camrose trials only.

Players proposing to play HUM must submit copies of these methods to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters when entering the Camrose trials. Players may have written defences to HUM at the table as an aide memoire.

Brown Sticker Conventions (BSC) are permitted in the Camrose, Lady Milne and Senior trials, subject to full disclosure. Up to three BSC may be used by a partnership, details of which must be submitted on the appropriate form (available from C.B.A.I. National Headquarters) when entering the respective trials. 

Failure to submit same with the entry will result in these Methods and/or Conventions being prohibited.

 

General

The International Committee is empowered to alter any of the arrangements or conditions including time, dates and venue, and to decide on all matters affecting these trials.

Each player who enters these trials is agreeing to represent the Republic of Ireland if nominated and to abide fully with all the conditions of these trials.

 

 

Welcome
New Bridge Rules

NEW LAWS

There are a few alterations to the Laws as decided by the WBF, which will be introduced at the beginning of September.

New Rule Books will be on sale.

Calendar
24th November 2017
Kilkenny Bridge Congress
Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny
Welcome
New Bridge Rules

NEW LAWS

There are a few alterations to the Laws as decided by the WBF, which will be introduced at the beginning of September.

New Rule Books will be on sale.

Calendar
24th November 2017
Kilkenny Bridge Congress
Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny