The second and subsequent rounds will follow the standard Swiss movement.
Scoring and match assignments based on IMPS to VPs using the WBF 20-point Continuous scale.
Cash prize (R2000) and floating Steve McGibbon Trophy for first place.
Red (National) Master Points will be awarded.
Virtual screens and self-alerting
Virtual screens will be in use at every table; this means you will be able to see and talk with one opponent (known as your screen-mate), but not with your partner or their screen-mate.
You must alert and explain your own artificial/conventional bids. How?
Step 1 - type explanation in box;
Step 2 - click your bid.
Explain bids in plain English (e.g. 4-cd fit, 8-10 points) rather than by naming the convention.
Your partner and their screen-mate cannot see or hear you, so it is safe for you to chat aloud with your screen-mate whenever you need to:
seek clarification of bids made by either opponent;
clarify the meaning of bids made by you and/or your partner; and
exchange system information in general.
Players are not permitted to request or grant an UNDO in the bidding or the play.
In extreme cases, call the Director who will take whatever action he feels is appropriate to restore order and equity. This may include rolling back bids made or cards played or adjusting a score.
Never call the Director for a change of mind!
Rules and Tips
This event is governed by the Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 and the various SABF Regulations and Codes, all of which can be found here. If you find all that a little heavy-going, just remain calm and courteous at all times and adhere to these basic rules:
Keep your cell phone switched off during each match.
Log in and be seated at least ten minutes before the scheduled start of play.
Greet opponents and pre-announce basic system and carding at the start of each match.
Save time (and little grey cells) by claiming or conceding whenever you can.
Try to keep your camera and microphone on unless you are experiencing technical problems.
Do not make your own rulings - if you need assistance, call the Director.
Do not refer to system notes during the bidding or the play of a hand.
Click redial (the icon with two circular arrows to the right of your name) if your connection fails or if your video or audio gets out of sync. (NB. It is a good idea to do this every half hour or so.)
If you think a player is experiencing connectivity/computer problems, wait a short while (not too long) before summoning the Director.
Substitutes (up to a maximum of six players in a team) will be allowed in cases of emergency and/or prolonged connectivity or system issues.
In view of loadshedding, the onus is on each player please to ensure you have working backup options available to you for power and telecommunications.
Play well and above all - enjoy!
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