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NAOBC

A Premier Challenge


July 15-25

The Summer NAOBC features the finals of the GNT (all flights), two Two-day Pair events (July 17-18 and 24-25), NAOBC Open Knockout Team event (July 19-25), a Two-day IMP Pairs Event (July 21-22), and a Three-day Pairs event (July 23-25), as well as one-day pair events (July 18, 21, 22, and 25). All events will have Open, 0-5000, and 0-1500 games.

SCHEDULE ENTRY FEES MASTERPOINT AWARDS


Schedule of Events

Print Schedule



Entry Fees

Grand National Teams: Free

NAOBC+ Events (multi-day open events): $20 / player/ session

NAOBC Events (multi-day limited events): $17 / player / session

Regional events (one-day open events and one-day limited events): $15 / player / session

Purchase of entries for two-day NAOBC+ and NAOBC events will cover both the first and second days’ sessions. After the first day, those who finish in the top half of the field will automatically be entered into the two-session final. Those who finish the first day in the bottom half of the field will automatically be entered into the next day’s two-session Regional event. Regardless, participants will be charged for one day of NAOBC+ and NAOBC entry fees and one day of Regional entry fees. Those who qualify for the finals of their event will have earned a discount.

Entry to the Three-Day NAOBC+ and NAOBC events work similarly. Participants will pay for one day of NAOBC+ entry fees and two days of Regional entry fees. However, players finishing in the bottom half of the three-day NAOBC+ and NAOBC events will also have a free entry to the NAOBC+ or NAOBC Two-Day Pairs that start the next day.


Masterpoint Awards

All masterpoint awards will be 80% of face-to-face awards



COCs

Conditions of Contest, NAOBC Open Knockouts

NAOBC Open Knockout

All rounds will be played on Bridge Base Online. Full day knockout matches will be 56 boards in length, played in four fourteen-board quarters. Half day knockout matches (possible in the first round as part of a four-way match) will be 28 boards in length, held in two fourteen-board halves. The time allotted to each fourteen-board segment will be one hour and forty minutes for the Open knockout.

Links to purchase entries for this event will be prominently displayed on the ACBL Website and BridgeWinners.com and entries will be limited to the first 256 teams that enter. All players must be ACBL Members in good standing. Entries will open on Friday, July 2, 2021. The entry deadline is 5PM Eastern time, Friday, July 16, 2021. After this deadline and before noon Eastern, Sunday, July 18, 2021, an entry may be accepted if, in ACBL Management’s opinion, it would improve the format of the event.

Unless otherwise specified in this document, the Conditions of Contest of this event are the same as those of the Spingold Knockout Teams. The Director in Charge will decide and have final say on any issue not addressed in these Conditions of Contest or the Spingold Conditions of Contest.

Players are required to post convention cards within the Bridge Base Online environment.

Bracketing will be done as in the Spingold unless the number of entered teams is close to a power of two (32, 64, 128). If that is the case and the teams are fewer than the power of two, more byes than the Spingold Conditions of Contest prescribe may be given. If that is the case and the teams are more than the power of two, four way matches will be held to reduce to the power of two.

Seeding will be done subjectively by the ACBL Seeding Committee, using data from the ACBL Seeding Program and research as time permits. Decisions by this body will be final.

Play in head-to-head matches will be held at 1:00, 3:00 6:00 and 8:00 EDT. The first round of four-way matches will be held at 1:00 and 3:00 EDT. The second round will be held at 6:00 and 8:00 EDT.

Teams are required to lineup electronically. Web address and password for lineup will be sent to each team captain’s email once registration is closed. For each match, the team with the seed must specify electronically at least 45 minutes before the start of the first segment, in which segments they have seating rights.

For the first segment of a match, the team without seating rights must then submit their seating information at least 30 minutes before the segment starts. The team with seating rights will then transmit their lineup, at least 15 minutes before the segment starts.
For the second, third and fourth segments, the team without seating rights must then submit their seating information at least 20 minutes before the segment starts. The team with seating rights will then transmit their lineup, at least 10 minutes before the segment starts.

Conditions of Contest, NAOBC 0-1500 and 0-5000 Knockouts

 NAOBC 0-1500 and 0-5000 Knockouts

All rounds will be played on Bridge Base Online. Full day knockout matches will be 48 boards in length, played in four twelve-board quarters. Half day knockout matches (possible in the first round as part of a four-way match) will be 24 boards in length, held in two twelve-board halves. The time allotted to each twelve-board segment will be one hour and twenty five minutes.

Links to purchase entries for this event will be prominently displayed on the ACBL Website and BridgeWinners.com and entries will be limited to the first 256 teams that enter. All players must be ACBL Members in good standing. Entries will open on Friday, July 2, 2021. The entry deadline is 5PM Eastern time, Friday, July 16, 2021. After this deadline and before noon Eastern, Sunday, July 18, 2021, an entry may be accepted if, in ACBL Management’s opinion, it would improve the format of the event.

Unless otherwise specified in this document, the Conditions of Contest of this event are the same as those of the Mini Spingold Knockout Teams. The Director in Charge will decide, and have final say on any issue not addressed in these Conditions of Contest or the Spingold and Mini-Spingold Conditions of Contest.

Players are required to post convention cards within the Bridge Base Online environment.

Bracketing will be done as in the Spingold unless the number of entered teams is close to a power of two (32, 64, 128). If that is the case and the teams are fewer than the power of two, more byes than the Spingold Conditions of Contest prescribe may be given. If that is the case and the teams are more than the power of two, four way matches will be held to reduce to the power of two.

Seeding is done by average of masterpoints of all members of each team.

Play in head-to-head matches will be held at 1:10, 3:10 6:10 and 8:10 EDT (0-5000 Flight) and 1:20, 3:20 6:20 and 8:20 EDT (0-1500 Flight). The first round of four-way matches will be held at 1:10(1:20) and 3:10(3:20) EDT. The second round will be held at 6:10(6:20) and 8:10(8:20) EDT.

Teams are required to lineup electronically. Web address and password for lineup will be sent to each team captain’s email once registration is closed. For each match, the team with the seed must specify electronically at least 45 minutes before the start of the first segment, in which segments they have seating rights.

For the first segment of a match, the team without seating rights must then submit their seating information at least 30 minutes before the segment starts. The team with seating rights will then transmit their lineup, at least 15 minutes before the segment starts.

For the second, third and fourth segments, the team without seating rights must then submit their seating information at least 20 minutes before the segment starts. The team with seating rights will then transmit their lineup, at least 10 minutes before the segment starts.

Conditions of Contest, NAOBC+, NAOBC, and Regionally-rated Pairs

All sessions will be played on Bridge Base Online.

The NAOBC Pairs events held from Saturday, July 17, 2021 to Sunday, July 25, 2021 (see schedule here) will be open to all ACBL members in good standing (and not playing in a concurrent event). For each flight, the top 50% of the field after the two Qualifying sessions will be invited to play the two session final the next day. This number may be increased to avoid byes and balance section size. Entries for this event will be sold on Bridge Base Online, and the deadline for entry is the start of the event. Registration will open two hours before game time. NAOBC+ and NAOBC pair events will not be stratified; Regionally-rated events will be stratified.

Session starting times will be 1:00pm and 6:00pm Eastern time.

Session length will be 24 boards in four- or six-session NAOBC+ and NAOBC events, and 20 boards in two-session Regionally-rated events.


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