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NAOBC

A Premier Challenge


November 27-December 6

The Fall NAOBC features both a Premier Knockout Team event (Nov 27-Dec 6), and a Premier Pair event (Dec 5-6).
Both events have three flights: Open, 0-5000, and 0-1500. Both award NABC titles.

SCHEDULES ENTRY FEES MASTERPOINT AWARDS TEAM EVENTS  PAIR EVENTS
REGISTRATION  COCs SECURITY FAQ

OPEN BRACKET 0-5000 BRACKET 0-1500 BRACKET RESULTS AND BULLETINS

Before the Tournament

Monday, Nov. 9 Premier Knockout Team Entries open on BridgeWinners for all Flights
Monday, Nov. 23 – Midnight (EST) Entries close for Premier KO Team Entries for Open Flight
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Noon (EST) Deadline for convention cards for Premier KO Teams Open Flight
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Midnight (EST) Entries close for Team Entries for Premier KO Limited Flights
Saturday, Dec. 5 – 11:00 AM (EST) Entries open for Premier Pairs 0-1500 Flight
Saturday, Dec 5. 11:10 AM (EST) Entries open for Premier Pairs 0-5000 Flight
Saturday, Dec. 5, 11:20 AM (EST) Entries open for Premier Pairs Open Flight

Knockout Team Event Schedule

OPEN KNOCKOUT SCHEDULE (FRIDAY, NOV. 27-SUNDAY, DEC. 6)
Start times: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM EST

Open Flight
First round Friday, Nov. 27
Second Round Saturday, Nov. 28
Third Round Sunday, Nov. 29
Round of 32 (if > 128 teams) Wednesday, Dec. 2
Round of 16 (if > 64 teams) Thursday, Dec. 3
Quarterfinal (Round of 8) Friday, Dec. 4
Semifinal Saturday, Dec. 5
Final Sunday, Dec. 6
0-5000 KNOCKOUT SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, NOV. 28-SUNDAY, DEC. 6)
0-5000 Start times: 1:10 PM, 3:10 PM, 6:10 PM, 8:10 PM EST

First round Saturday, Nov. 28
Second Round Sunday, Nov. 29
Third Round Monday, Nov. 30
Round of 32 (if > 128 teams) Wednesday, Dec. 2
Round of 16 (if > 64 teams) Thursday, Dec. 3
Quarterfinal (Round of 8) Friday, Dec. 4
Semifinal Saturday, Dec. 5
Final Sunday, Dec. 6
0-1500 KNOCKOUT SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, NOV. 28-SUNDAY, DEC. 6)
0-1500 Start times: 1:20 PM, 3:20 PM, 6:20 PM, 8:20 PM EST

First round Saturday, Nov. 28
Second Round Sunday, Nov. 29
Third Round Monday, Nov. 30
Round of 32 (if > 128 teams) Wednesday, Dec. 2
Round of 16 (if > 64 teams) Thursday, Dec. 3
Quarterfinal (Round of 8) Friday, Dec. 4
Semifinal Saturday, Dec. 5
Final Sunday, Dec. 6

Premier Pair Event Schedule

PREMIER PAIR EVENT SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, DEC. 5-SUNDAY, DEC. 6)
Open
Open Flight Qualifier Sat Dec 5, 1:20 PM and 6:20 PM EST
Open Flight Final Sun Dec 6, 1:20 PM and 6:20 PM EST
0-5000 PAIR EVENT SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, DEC. 5-SUNDAY, DEC. 6)
Open
0-5000 Flight Qualifier Sat Dec 5, 1:10 PM and 6:10 PM EST
0-5000 Flight Final Sun Dec 6, 1:10 PM and 6:10 PM EST
0-1500 PAIR EVENT SCHEDULE (SATURDAY, DEC. 5-SUNDAY, DEC. 6)
Open
0-1500 Flight Qualifier Sat Dec 5, 1 PM and 6 PM EST
0-1500 Flight Final Sun Dec 6, 1 PM and 6 PM EST

Entry Fees

Open Knockout: $300 / team for the entire event. NABC Junior discounts apply*

0-5000 Knockout and 0-1500 Knockout: $240 / team for the entire event. A team may consist of four, five, or six players.NABC Junior Discounts apply.*

Open Pairs: $100 / pair / event. Players who qualify for the final play free. NABC Junior discounts apply.**

0-5000 and 0-1500 Pairs: $80 / pair / event. Players who qualify for the final play free. NABC Junior discounts apply.**

*Discount = $45 per Junior, maximum four discounts per team

**Discount = $30 per Junior player

Masterpoint Awards

Open Knockout: 1st place 200MP, 100% Gold.
0-5000 Knockout: 1st place 64MP, 100% Gold.
0-1500 Knockout: 1st place 36MP, 100% Gold.
Open Pairs: 80% of NABC rating per formula. If there are 50 tables, 1st place would be 61.70 MP. 100% Gold
0-5000 Pairs: 80% of NABC rating per formula. If there are 50 tables, 1st place would be 49.36 MP. 100% Gold
0-1500 Pairs: 80% of NABC rating per formula. If there are 50 tables, 1st place would be 37.02 MP. 100% Gold


NAOBC Knockouts

The NAOBC Knockouts are open to all ACBL members in good standing. The matches will be held according to the schedule. Each full match in the Open Knockout will be 56 boards. Each full match in the 0-5000 and 0-1500 Knockouts will be 48 boards. All matches will be played on Bridge Base Online.

Convention cards: Each partnership on every team in the Open flight of the Premier KO MUST submit a complete convention card to the tournament by Wednesday, November 25th, at noon EST. Instructions for submitting convention cards will be posted soon. Failure to submit Convention Cards in a timely manner may result in loss of seating rights. Convention cards will be made publicly available for inspection.


NAOBC Premier Flighted Pairs

The NAOBC Premier Flighted Pairs (Open, 5000, 1500) is open to all ACBL members in good standing (and are not playing in the concurrent semifinal / final KO matches). This is a four-session pair event on Dec 5 2020 and Dec 6 2020, with 24 boards played per session. The top 50% of the Saturday field qualifies to play in the Sunday final.


Registration

Pre-registration for the NAOBC Premier Knockouts is mandatory and is limited to the first 256 teams in each knockout (Open, 0-5000, 0-1500). Registration is now open. Register at BridgeWinners.com. For the Open Flight, entry sales close at midnight Eastern time, Monday Nov 23, 2020. For the other flights, entry sales close at midnight Eastern time, Wednesday Nov 25, 2020.

Entries for the NAOBC Premier Flighted Pairs will be sold on Bridge Base Online. Pre-registration is not needed. Entries go on sale Dec 5 2020 two hours before game time for each flight.

We will endeavor to start every session of every event on time. All players in every pair/team who are scheduled to play in a given session MUST be online in BBO and ready to play at the scheduled start time of each session. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the event. Be warned that if you are inactive in BBO for an extended period of time, BBO will automatically consider you to be off-line. It is recommended that you do something active in BBO a few minutes before game time.

Register Your Team

COCs

Conditions of Contest, NAOBC Knockouts (Open)

Conditions of Contest, NAOBC Knockouts (OPEN FLIGHT)

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.

Entries for this event will be sold on BridgeWinners.com and will be limited to the first 256 teams that enter. All players must be ACBL Members in good standing. The entry deadline is midnight Eastern time, Monday, Nov 23, 2020. After this deadline and before noon Eastern, Wednesday, Nov 25 2020, 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 and Mini Spingold Conditions of Contest.

All entered pairs must have a completed ACBL Convention Card submitted in pdf or similar format by noon Eastern time, Wednesday Nov 25 2020. These Convention Cards, as well as any supplemental information such as WBF convention cards, USBF system summary forms, or similar document provided, will be made publicly available on the ACBL website. Any team without ACBL Convention Cards submitted before the deadline, will lose one segment of seating rights in each of their first two matches. A team without ACBL Convention Cards submitted by 9:00AM EDT Thursday, Nov 26 2020, may be excluded from play in the event. Players are also expected to post convention cards within the Bridge Base Online environment.

Bracketing will be done as in the Spingold unless there are 33/34/65/66/129/130 entrants. In those cases one or two four-way matches with three survivors will be played the day before the Round of 32/32/64/64/128/128 to achieve a number of surviving teams equal to that 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 Knockouts (0-5000 and 0-1500 Flights)

Conditions of Contest, NAOBC Knockouts (0-5000 and 0-1500 Flights)

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.

Entries for this event will be sold on BridgeWinners.com and will be limited to the first 256 teams that enter in each knockout. All players must be ACBL Members in good standing. The entry deadline is midnight Eastern time, Wednesday, Nov 25 2020. After this deadline and before noon Eastern, Thursday, Nov 26 2020, 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 there are 33/34/65/66/129/130 entrants. In those cases one or two four-way matches with three survivors will be played the day before the Round of 32/32/64/64/128/128 to achieve a number of surviving teams equal to that 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 Flighted Pairs

All sessions will be played on Bridge Base Online. The NAOBC Flighted Pairs will be held in four sessions, two each on Saturday, Dec 5 2020 and Sunday, Dec 6 2020, will be open to all ACBL members in good standing (and are not playing the concurrent semifinal / final matches). 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. This pair event will not be stratified.

Session starting times:

    • 0-1500 Pairs – 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm Eastern time
    • 0-5000 Pairs – 1:10 pm and 6:10 pm Eastern time
    • Open Pairs – 1:20 pm and 6:20 pm Eastern time

Every session will be 24 boards in length.


Security

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.

Kibitzing will not be allowed other than by tournament staff. Some matches will be on Delayed Vugraph.

Every hand from each match of all the Knockout events may be viewed (at the time of play or at a later time) by officials designated by the ACBL. If any of these officials “flags” 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.

Players can submit hands for further investigation through this link.

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.

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