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.
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
Premier Pair Event Schedule
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
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
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.
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.
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.