African Bridge Federation
Release 2.19o
Trial
Expires 31st July 2021
Head TD Corner
Head TD announcements and instructions
Head TD announcements and instructions

1. Open Teams
For the Semi-final, Final and play-off sessions, It has been decided that:
- The team ranked higher after the RR stage will be the Home team in sessions 2 and 4 in the Semi-final match.
- The team ranked lower after the RR stage will be the Home team in sessions 1 and 3 in the Semi-Final match.
- The team ranked higher after the RR stage will be the Home team in session 2 in the Final or Play-off match.

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2. All Africa Pairs tie-break procedure

If two pairs or more have the same cumulative score after the end of the 2nd session or 4th Session, the tie shall be broken as follows:

A. The pair with the higher score in the 2nd / 4th session shall detrmine the final ranking.

B. Mutual boards between the tied pairs - if applicable -

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3. Teams Events ... Last RR

The last Round Robin for all categories shall be done according to the final ranking of the teams in the previous played rounds.

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4. Please click the link below for instructions 

Alert Procedures - Undo Procedures - General Instructions

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5. Play instructions and Schedule of play ...

A. When you log on to the RealBridge game ( using the game link ), you will find your team name written in one of the Tables.

B. All team members are required to sit at their table ( all together ) in Pairs NS and EW, later on, when we start the session, the software will automatically move the EW pairs between the tables according to the schedule of play.

C. In the schedule of play you will find Home team ( the team mentioned first ) and Visiting team ( the team mentioned second )

D. The visiting team has to sit first at their table ( Pairs NS and EW ) and the Home team has the right to have a look at the visiting team and sit its pairs accordingly.

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6. Open Teams

- Only in Open teams category, the top four teams will qualify to the semi-final stage after playing 3 complete RR according to the published schedule.

- The top ranked team after the 3 complete RR stage will chose its opponent in the semi-final and the remaining 2 teams will play against each others.

- The semi-final match will be played in 4 Sessions, 16 boards each in IMPs.

- The final match between the semi-final winners will be played in 2 Sessions, 16 Boards each.

- Play-off between the semi-final losers will be played in 2 Sessions, 16 Boards each to detrmine the 3rd placed team.

- In all the knock out stages, there shall be a carry-over = 0.5 IMP to the team who scored more VPs in the RR stage.

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7. Request a review

1. First step is to review the TD ruling with the Head TD

2. Second step is apply for an official review by submitting a review form through the TD in charge of your case.

3. A request for a review of a Tournament Director's ruling must be lodged within 30 minutes of the first posting of the official score for the Session in which the board was played that is the subject of the ruling. All such requests must be lodged by the team’s Captain or his designee, or by one member of the pair in the Pairs events.

4. When lodging a Request for Review the appellant must make a monetary deposit with the ABF monitor. The amount of deposit required will be US $ 100 (or the equivalent in Euro)

5. The case will be reviewed by a person who was not involved in the original decision.The Reviewer will check that the TD has gathered the necessary evidence of what occurred when the infraction arose. The Reviewer will then need to be satisfied that the correct law was applied and that other TDs were consulted where appropriate. In matters involving the judgement that was exercised by a player following
unauthorized information, incorrect explanation or failure to alert, the Reviewer will clarify that suitable players have been asked appropriate questions to enable a judgmental view to be obtained. Finally, the Reviewer will check that the ruling that was issued based upon all the information available to the TDs was within the bounds of reasonableness. The fact that the Reviewer might have determined a slightly different ruling would not be good reason for the ruling to be varied. In the event that the process had not been followed properly in some material way, the Reviewer will ask the Head TD to correct the failings and issue a new ruling.

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8. Time delay and hesitation

- It is very important to know that the TDs have the tools to produce a board report which includes the time for each bid / play by each player, so please be bare that in mind when calling the TD for a possible hesitation or before denying it.

- It is also very important to know that the TDs also have the tools to produce a session time report which includes the exact time taken by each player in a session, in case of time delay, the penalty will be given according to this report.

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9. Home & Visiting teams

  • When you log in to the RealBridge game ( using the game link ), you will find your team name written on one of the Tables.
  • All team members are required to sit at their table ( all together ) in Pairs NS and EW, later on, when we start the session, the software will automatically move the EW pairs between the tables according to the schedule of play.
  • In the schedule of play you will find Home team ( the team mentioned first ) and Visiting team ( the team mentioned second )
  • NO LINE-UP will be needed from the teams, the visiting team has to sit first at their table ( in Pairs NS and EW ), minimum 10 min before the official start time, and the Home team has the right to have a look at the visiting team and sit its pairs accordingly.

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10. Headphones / Earphones

In order to minimize the noise in the venue as much as possible…

  • It is mandatory for each player to have his own headphone / earphone which is connected to his device during play
  • Use the table chat / private chat as much as possible and don’t use vocal chat.
  • Any vocal explanation will not be taken into the TD consideration in any case.
  • You need to be very careful when using the table chat as you might give an unauthorized information to your partner which could results in adjusted score by the TD.

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11. Kibitzers

  • Kibitzers are not allowed by any means at 1) the playing venue, 2) RealBridge online playing room.
  • All players are required to immediately leave the playing area when they finish their session, players are also kindly asked to keep their seats and not roam around the playing area.
  • All the matches will be broadcasted via RealBridge kibitzer website…

https://kibitz.realbridge.online/

  • At the RealBridge kibitzer website, you can find the live broadcasted matches and also all the other matches scheduled for broadcast.
  • For security reasons, all broadcasted matches will be delayed by 30-45 min.

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12. Smoking, Eating and Alcohol, Mobile and electronic devices

We must act as if we were playing these championships "live", therefore, the following is strictly forbidden during play:

  • Mobile phones and any other electronic devices, Mobile phones will be collected and there will be a regular check each session by the monitor.
  • Eating (even if only biscuits)
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Going to the WC without permission
  • Talking loudly during or at the end of any board if the player is unhappy about his/her partner's bid, hand play or defense.