This is a single-session competition for teams made up of four pairs of Intermediate Master Point Category or lower ( i.e. fewer than 50 green points). Competitors must be bona fide members of the Club but not necessarily of the HBA.
No player may be above 5* master. (The note on “Entry restricted by Master Point Rank” is relevant.) The aggregate rank of players in a team is restricted to a maximum of 50 points on the following scale:-
Not above Club Master 2 points
District Master 3 points
County Master 4 points
Master 5 points
Advanced Master 6 points
1* Master or Premier Master 6 points
2* Master or Premier Master 7 points
3* Master or Premier Master 8 points
4* Master or Premier Master 8 points
5* Master or Premier Master 8 points
The competition is organised as 2 sections. The pairs of each team, assessed according to the above scale are assigned:-
Pair 1 to section 1 NS; Pair 2 to section 1 EW; Pair 3 to section 2 NS and Pair 4 to section 2 EW.
The pairs of a team start at the same numbered table. An unswitched Mitchell movement is played in each section with Round 1 omitted so that pairs in the same team do not play against each other. The same boards are used in both sections but each section is scored separately and 4 ranking lists are produced.
A team's position is determined by the sum of the ranks of it's 3 best pairs. A tie is broken by comparing the sum of the ranks of all players in the teams and if necessary the total percentage scores of all pairs. There is no overall winning pair.