A Premier Challenge
July 23-August 2
Spread over two weekends (July 23-26 and July 30-Aug. 2), the Summer NAOBC features both a knockout team event and a special pair event (Aug. 1-2). Both award NABC titles.
|Friday, July 10||Entries open on Bridgewinners|
|Monday, July 20||Entries close midnight EDT|
|Tuesday, July 21||Deadline for convention cards|
|Thursday, July 23||Round of 256 (if needed)|
|Friday, July 24||Round of 128|
|Saturday, July 25||Round of 64|
|Sunday, July 26||Round of 32|
|Thursday, July 30||Round of 16|
|Friday, July 31||Quarterfinal|
|Saturday, August 1||Semifinal||Two-session Qualifying (1pm & 6 pm EST)|
|Sunday, August 2||Final and 3rd place match||Two-session final (1pm & 6pm EST)|
Knockout: $200 / team / match. A team may consist of four, five, or six players. Round of 32 and later: No entry fee for any team that installs and uses over-the-shoulder cameras for each player. There will be no entry fee for a bye round. NABC Junior Discounts apply.
Pairs: $100 / pair / event. Players who qualify for the final play free. NABC Junior discounts apply.
Team event: 1st place 200MP, 100% Gold.
Premier Pairs: 80% NABC rating per formula. If 100 pairs enter, 1st place would be ~55MP; if 200 pairs enter, 1st place would be ~75MP. 100% Gold.
NAOBC Premier Knockout
The NAOBC Premier Knockout is open to all ACBL members in good standing. (Join the ACBL or renew your membership here.) The first three or four matches (depending on attendance) will be held Thursday, July 23–Sunday, July 26, and the last three or four matches (depending on attendance) will be held Thursday, July 30–Sunday, August 2. Each match is 56 boards and will be played on Bridge Base Online.
NAOBC Premier Pairs
The NAOBC Premier Pairs is open only to players who entered the NAOBC Premier Knockout (and are not playing the concurrent semifinal / final matches) or members in good standing who qualify for the Platinum Pairs (that is, players who meet one of three criteria: 1. 50 Platinum points in the three previous calendar years; 2. 200 Platinum points lifetime; 3. Grand Life Master or Platinum Life Master ranking). This is a four-session pair event on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, with 24 boards played per session. Only the top 50% of the Saturday field qualifies to play in the Sunday final.
$100 / pair / event. Players who qualify for the final play free. NABC Junior discounts apply.
Pre-registration for the NAOBC Premier Knockout is mandatory and is limited to the first 256 teams. Entries will be sold on BridgeWinners.com starting Friday, July 10. Sales close at midnight Eastern time, Monday, July 20.
Entries for the NAOBC Premier Pairs will be sold on Bridge Base Online, and pre-registration is not needed – entries go on sale two hours before game time.
During all team matches, players will be required to have an ongoing video or audio chat session with their screenmate (North and East are screenmates; South and West are screenmates). This chat can be done in a software of the players’ choice, or by telephone call; if none can be agreed, the default choice is Zoom. Alerts will be given in the online playing environment in order to have a record of these explanations. (Note: Online Alerts, including when playing in a “screenmate environment”, are currently under discussion by the ACBL Laws Commission, and a clarification from them may be forthcoming.)
Players are strongly urged to set up over-the-shoulder cameras external to their computer, as an added security step. ACBL will provide vendor information. These cameras will be used in future events for security purposes as well.
Kibitzing will not be allowed other than by tournament staff. All matches of the Quarterfinals and later, as well as a number of matches in earlier rounds, will be on Delayed Vugraph.
Every hand from each match of the team event will be viewed (at the time of play or at a later time) by at least two ACBL employees who are very experienced bridge players. If any of these officials “flag” a hand for investigation, it will be sent to a players’ committee who will further investigate for unauthorized communication. Furthermore, any hand that a player in the team event submits for further investigation will be sent to the players’ committee. Any hand that a player in the pair event submits for further investigation will go to the ACBL Recorder, who may send the information to the players’ committee.
The players’ committee will have final authority and the ability to eject teams from the event and recommend disciplinary proceedings against players, pairs, or teams that they believe to be cheating in any manner. The specific method of cheating does not need to be discovered for these steps to be taken.
Further, penalties for being found to be cheating in this event, as all ACBL online events, are the same as in live ACBL events, and may include, but are not limited to, probation, suspension, loss of masterpoints or titles, or expulsion.