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Upcoming Sim Pairs

EBU Spring Sim Pairs
6-12 May 2014


Congratulations to ...

... teams Williamson, Bridge and Wilcox, winners of the Premier League, League 2 and League 3 respectively – see right.


... team Purches, who have won the Wiltshire Knockout – see right.


... team O'Donnell, who have won the Plate – see right.

Chris Dixon workshops

These are held at Bath BC.

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  General
All events shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge 2007 and the English Bridge Union Handbook of Directives and Permitted Agreements 2006 (The “Orange” Book) and any subsequent updates thereto. Conventions up to and including Level 4 of those agreements shall be allowed in all WCBA competitions. 

Where it is necessary to split a tie this will be done in accordance with the EBU “White Book” section 143.7. (This gives priority to matches between contestants with equal scores.)

Usually WCBA Sunday events will have a non-playing director, in which case rulings of first instance will be made at the event by the Tournament Director, who may seek advice from other Tournament Directors, either present or external, if required. 

Usually the Premier and Allcomers leagues will not have a non-playing director. Whenever there is no non-playing director rulings of first instance may be obtained from any qualified and available tournament director. 

For KO matches, which will normally be played privately, no Tournament Director will be designated. Players may agree their own ruling of first instance or contact any qualified Tournament Director for a ruling. 

Any appeals against rulings made by the Director must be lodged within the correction periods shown below and in accordance with the Appeals Procedure (See below).

  Wiltshire League Team Rules

Team Line-Up

1. Each team in the Premier League shall consist of a maximum of 6 players all of whom must be members of clubs affiliated to the WCBA. At least 4 of these players must be primary members of WCBA. For Leagues 2 & 3 teams may consist of up to 8 members.

2. Team line ups may be changed prior to the first match night, subject to 1) above.

3. Players may be added to teams at any stage, subject 1) above, providing the Event Organiser is informed.

4. Players in League 3 will generally be restricted to below the rank of Tournament Master.
However, players above that rank may be admitted, with the consent of the Event Organiser, providing this does not materially affect the overall strength of the team.

5. After the first night team line ups may only be changed, except to bring the team up to the maximum specified in 1) above, with permission of the Event Organiser.

6. Permanent replacement of team members will only be allowed for genuine and unavoidable reasons, e.g. health grounds, or a player becoming unavailable through work commitments, but not because of internal strife within a team. Such replacements will only be accepted if the incoming player is not materially stronger than the player being replaced and must be agreed by the event organiser.


7. Substitutes are allowed on a match by match basis, but only with permission of the Event Organiser and may not be materially stronger than the 4th strongest member of the team. 

8.  If the only way to get a match played is to use a stronger substitute, this will be allowed in extreme circumstances with the permission of the Event Organiser, but any team using a stronger substitute than allowed in 7) above may be penalised. The Tournament Sub-Committee will determine whether a penalty is applicable and the size of that penalty.

Matches

1. Matches shall be played at a fixed time and date to be announced before the start of the season by the League Secretary.

2. Matches may only be played at an alternative time and place in unavoidable extenuating circumstances with the permission of the Tournament Sub-Committee. The teams concerned will be required to pay the table money for their team for that round.

3. Matches shall consist of 24 boards, played in 2 equal stanzas.

4. The team mentioned second in the fixture shall seat its players first at the start of the match. Players in this team must play at the same table throughout the match, unless substituted. The team mentioned first in the fixture shall send a pair to each opposition table for the first 12 boards of the match. Opponents shall be changed after 12 boards have been played and any changes in team personnel can only be made at this time.

5. A team which puts the integrity of the movement at risk (for example, by sitting in the same direction at both tables) shall be given a mandatory procedural penalty of 1 VP.

6. If players arrive late matches shall still be played if the player(s) arrive before 8.45pm. A minimum of 14 boards must be played and if appropriate an adjusted VP scale (in accordance with EBU guidelines) will be applied. The reason for the late arrival will later be reviewed by the Tournament Sub-Committee and, if appropriate, a fine/award for boards lost may be applied to the offending/non-offending team. 

7. Any boards not started within 1½ hours of the start time of either stanza, may be withdrawn by the Tournament Director. If the Tournament Director determines that a pair is responsible for the delay then that team will be fined 3imps per board for the boards not played. (note this could be both pairs.)

8. All players must exchange properly completed convention cards with their opponents at the start of each stanza.

9. Spectators are allowed. A spectator who is a registered player in the League may not watch at tables where his team is playing.

The result

1. Match results are determined by converting IMPs to VPs according to the EBU recommended scale.

2. Master Points are awarded on the match result at the table.

3. Where a balancing adjustment or fine is made to a score this is included in the IMP difference used to calculate the VP score, used for the league table.

4. Where a team is fined that team’s IMP score is reduced when calculating their VP score, but the non-offending side’s score is unchanged, i.e. the match result no longer balances to 20.

Notes

1. The main objective is to ensure that all matches are played on the designated match night.

2. The Event Organiser should consult with the Tournament Sub-Committee where practical.

3. For the time being the Tournament Sub-Committee will determine whether one player is Materially Stronger than another. However, this may be defined more objectively once the National Grading Scheme has matured.

  Wiltshire Knock Out


Team Line-Up

1. Each team shall consist of a maximum of 6 players, at least 2 of whom must be primary members of WCBA. Non-primary team members must be active members of a Wiltshire affiliated club. At least 2 WCBA primary members must play in every match. 


2. Team line ups may be changed prior to the first match being played by the team, subject to 1) above.


3. After a team has played a match its line up may only be changed with permission of the Event Organiser.


4. Additional players may be added to the team, up to the maximum of 6, subject to the above criteria.


5. Permanent replacement of team members will only be allowed for genuine and unavoidable reasons, e.g. health grounds, or a player becoming unavailable through work commitments, but not because of internal strife within a team. Such replacements will only be accepted if the incoming player is not materially stronger than the player being replaced and must be agreed by the event organiser.


6. Substitutes are not allowed, but last minute changes to the team line will be permitted in an emergency, to allow a match to be played and subject to agreement with the Event Organiser.


7.  Matches should consist of 24 boards except the KO final which should be 32 boards. All matches, (including the finals), should be played at a mutually agreed venue. 

a. 24 board matches should be played in two 12-board stanzas. Teams should toss for seating rights for the first stanza and must change opponents for the second stanza.

b. 32 board matches will be divided into four 8-board stanzas. Teams should toss for seating rights using the EBU standard method, or any other format agreed between the teams.  


The result

1. Match results are determined by net IMPs.


2. In the event of a tie 4 extra boards shall be played. This process will continue until the result is determined


Notes

1. The Event Organiser should consult with the Tournament Sub-Committee where practical.


2. For the time being it will be left to a club to determine whether or not a player is an active member. 


3. For the time being the Event Organiser will determine whether one player is Materially Stronger than another. However, this may be defined more objectively once the National Grading Scheme is in place.


4. Teams entering the KO should not be under an obligation to play in the KO Plate. 


5. If insufficient teams enter the KO Plate, teams which did not play in the KO may be invited to play in the Plate in order to give two matches to all teams who enter the KO.


  Appeals Procedure
Rulings of first instance may be obtained from any suitable and available Tournament Director. If this ruling is disputed the Tournament Sub-Committee will form the Appeals Committee, with appropriate substitutions if one of the members is involved. If they wish to seek further guidance from a panel Tournament Director then they can do so, but the decision should be made by the Appeals Committee. Players will then have the right of appeal to the EBU, but not to the WCBA, after the event.

Any appeals against rulings made by the Director must be lodged within the correction periods shown below.
                                                                                                                          
First Stanza
       

Rulings

    
       

Start of next stanza

    
       

Appeals

    
       

Start of next stanza after ruling is         given

    
       

Score queries

    
       

Start of next stanza

    
       

Gross and manifest scoring errors

    
       

48 hours from the end of the round

    
Last stanza
       

Rulings

    
       

20 minutes after end of stanza

    
       

Appeals

    
       

20 minutes after end of stanza or after         ruling is given [whichever is later]

    
       

Score queries

    
       

20 minutes after end of stanza

    
       

Gross and manifest scoring errors

    
       

48 hours from the end of the round

    
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