Tournament

1. DATE AND VENUE

The tournament will be held on February 20 - 22, 2015 in the Savoy Hotel.
The tournament will start on February 20, 2015 at 11:00.
The tournament will end on February 22, 2015; the approximate time is 16:30.

2. ORGANIZATION AND RESPONSIBLE PERSONS

The tournament will be played according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge and these Conditions of Contest.

Organizing Committee:
Pavel Portnoy (Chairman)
Sergey Minko (Vice-Chairman)
Pavel Kuleshov
Valery Lyandin
Vitold Sliva
Andrey Gromov

Tournament Directors:
Denis Dobrin (Chief TD)
Grigory Palagin
Konstantin Rabkin
Elena Sokolova
Alexey Zakharov 

Director of operations:
Anton Osipov

Vugraph online:
Bridge Base Online

3. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Slava Cup - 2015 will be organized as two independent competitions: the team tournament and the pair tournament. The team tournament will consist of 10 teams which will be personally invited by the Organizing Committee. The pair tournament will consist of 36-44 pairs, of which no more than 1/3 will be admitted by invitation of the Organizing Committee and the Russian Bridge Federation sport grade of the players as of February 1, 2015 will serve as the criterion for the selection of the rest participants. In case of coincidence of the Russian Bridge Federation sport grade a priority will be given to the pairs with a higher Russian Bridge Federation rating as of February 1, 2015. The number of participants in the pair tournament may be increased by special decision of the Organizing Committee.

4. REGISTRATION

All potential participants of the pair tournament must be submitted electronically by 18:00 February 12, 2015, via the official website of the tournament (not by e-mail).

5. ENTRY FEE

There will be no entry fee.

6. ACCOMMODATION

The Organizing committee is willing to assist with the accommodation of foreign participants, but with advance warning of this requirement.

7. FORMAT

Team tournament

The team tournament consists of two stages. On the first stage all teams will play a complete round-robin qualifier (9 matches x 8 boards). The random draw will be made by the Organizing committee and will be published as soon as participation of all the teams is finally confirmed. The teams which will be indicated in the line-up as the “visiting team” shall take their sits at the table first. The result of each match shall be calculated in the international match points (IMPs) and then converted into the victory points (VPs) in accordance with the official scale of the World Bridge Federation (20:0). If two teams are tied with the same number of VPs at the end of round-robin, the tie shall be broken according to the IMP balance in the match between the two tied teams. As the next criteria the total number of IMPs will be used.

At the end of the round-robin qualifier the first four ranked teams will play the semifinal (2 segments x 12 boards). The winner of the round-robin qualifier shall choose the opponent for the semifinal among the 3–4 places. Then the winners of the semifinals will play a final (3 segments x 12 boards) to determine the title; the losers will play a match for third place (also 3 segments x 12 boards). Carry-over will be used in all matches of the knock-out stage. Carry-over will be given to the team which won the match against the same opponent in the round-robin qualifier. Carry-over will be equal 1/2 of the IMP balance in the match between these two teams if the team has the higher place at the end of the round-robin qualifier and 1/3 of the IMP balance in the opposite case. The maximum carry-over used in the knock-out stage will be: 6 IMPs for a 24 board match; 9 IMPs for a 36 board match. If a tie exists at the end of a knockout match, it will be resolved by playing the additional 4 board mini-matches. In the semifinals the teams which got the higher place in the round-robin qualifier should choose in which segment (first or second) they will be a “home team”, which means to have a right to take the sits after their opponent. In the final and the match for third place the teams which got the higher place in the round-robin qualifier should also choose in which segment(s) they will be a “home team”: in the first and the second segments or in the third (last) segment.

The teams which have not got into the knock-out stage will play a consolation tournament for 5-th place: complete round-robin (5 matches x 12 boards) with the following carry-over: ½ from VPs gained in the round-robin qualifier in the matches against the other non-qualified teams. The other conditions of the consolation tournament (such as scoring of the results, seating rights and tie-break procedure) are equal to the round-robin qualifier.

Pair tournament

The tournament will be organized as a “Swiss pairs” tournament and will consist of 15 8 board rounds. The line-up for the first round will be made in accordance with the sport grade, by the principle "first with medium"; in the last two rounds the first place will play strictly against the second place, the third – strictly against the four, the fifth – strictly against the sixth etc. The result of each board will be calculated in IMPs (in order to calculate the average score of the board, ~25% of the scores from the “top” and ~25% of the scores from the “bottom” will not be taking into consideration), and then the total amount of IMPs in each round will be converted into VP in accordance with the “Sunday Times” scale 60:0 where 1 IMP = 1 VP, so it will not be possible to win or to lose more than 30 IMP in one round. Average plus or minus will be, respectively, equal plus or minus 3 IMPs. In the event of two or more pairs having the same number of VPs, their rankings will be determined according to their total amount of IMPs. If this parameter is not enough, the places and the prizes will be shared between the competitors.

Players are expected to complete each 8 board round in 65 minutes. The penalty for slow play is 1 VP for every 3 minutes, for being late to the beginning of the round - 2 VP. The Tournament Director may remove unplayed boards from players if in his opinion the round would otherwise strongly exceed the allotted time.

8. SYSTEMS POLICY AND CONVENTION CARDS

HUM systems are not allowed. Psyching conventional or artificial opening bids are forbidden. All participants must have two copies of the duly filled convention card. 

9. ALERTING

The participants of the team tournament should follow the official Alerting Policy of the World Bridge Federation, the participants of the pair tournament - official Alerting Policy of the Russian Bridge Federation.

10. PROCEDURAL PENALTIES

In accordance with the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge the Tournament Director, in addition to implementing the rectifications in the Laws, may also assess procedural penalties for any offence that unduly delays or obstructs the game, inconveniences other contestants, violates correct procedure, or requires the award of an adjusted score at another table.

11. LEAVING THE PLAYING AREA

No player may leave his seat during a round unless accompanied by a person designated by the Tournament Director. If any player leaves the playing area during a round without permission of the Tournament Director, that player’s team/pair will be fined 2 VP in the team tournament and 5 VP in the pair tournament.

12. SMOKING REGULATIONS

Smoking in the playing area and toilets is prohibited. No player may leave the playing area in order to smoke. Any player found to be smoking during a round will cause his team to be fined 2 VP in the team tournament and 5 VP in the pair tournament.

13. ALCOHOL

The consumption of alcoholic beverages of any nature in the playing area and toilets is prohibited. No player may leave the playing area in order to consume alcohol. Any player found to be consuming alcohol during a round will cause his team/pair to be fined 2 VP in the team tournament and 5 VP in the pair tournament.

14. MOBILE PHONES

No player may have a mobile phone during a round. Any player found during a round with a mobile phone will cause his team/pair to be fined 2 VP in the team tournament and 5 VP in the pair tournament. The Chief Tournament Director may, at his discretion, prohibit a player from bringing other equipment into the playing area.

15. SPECTATORS

All spectators are invitees of the Organizing Committee and their presence at the tournament is subject to their behaving in a correct, ethical and sportsmanlike manner and to their observing this condition of contest, and the laws of the game, to which they are subject. The number permitted shall be determined by the Chief Tournament Director. Spectators must remain at one table. The observance of this regulation is particularly important. Any spectator who attempts to move to a second table will be required to leave the room for the remainder of the round. Spectators are requested to remain quiet and to refrain from addressing the players or otherwise distracting their attention. Looking at two hands is forbidden. If this opportunity should arise by accident no special interest may be shown. Sitting in a position so as to see both sides of the screen is forbidden. Spectators who violate any restrictions of this Conditions of Contest will be disqualified from the playing area automatically.

16. SCORE CORRECTIONS

Score corrections may be made as sanctioned in Law 79 and in Laws 69 and 71, 63 and 64. An agreed-upon score that is proven to be erroneous to the complete satisfaction of the Chief Tournament Director may be corrected up to thirty minutes after the posting of scores of the respective round. This period maybe extended by the special decision of the Chief Tournament Director.

17. APPEALS

The appeal notification should be made to the Director within thirty minutes of the end of the round during which the ruling was made; or in the case of a ruling given after the end of such round, within thirty minutes of receiving the ruling.
The appeal should be in writing on the special appeal form.
The appeal should be accompanied by a deposit of RUB 3’000. 

18. CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

The Organizing Committee of the tournament has a right to make some changes to these Conditions of Contest in order to increase the comfort for the participants.

19. PRIZES

The total amount and the distribution of the prizes will be published before the start of the tournament.

20. SCHEDULE

Team tournament

Friday, February 20, 2015
11:00 – 11:15 OPENING CEREMONY
11:15 – 12:25 Round-robin. Round 1
12:35 – 13:45 Round-robin. Round 2
13:55 – 15:05 Round-robin. Round 3
15:05 – 16:15 LUNCH
16:15 – 17:25 Round-robin. Round 4
17:35 – 18:45 Round-robin. Round 5
18:55 – 20:05 Round-robin. Round 6                                           

Saturday, February 21, 2015
11:00 – 12:10 Round-robin. Round 7
12:20 – 13:30 Round-robin. Round 8
13:40 – 14:50 Round-robin. Round 9
14:50 – 16:00 LUNCH
16:00 – 17:45 Semifinal. Segment 1 / Consolation. Round 1
18:00 – 19:45 Semifinal. Segment 2 / Consolation. Round 2     

Sunday, February 22, 2015
10:00 – 11:45 Final and Match for 3-d place. Segment 1 / Consolation. Round 3
12:00 – 13:45 Final and Match for 3-d place. Segment 2 / Consolation. Round 4
14:00 – 15:45 Final and Match for 3-d place. Segment 3 / Consolation. Round 5
16:00 – CLOSING CEREMONY

 

Pair tournament

Friday, February 20, 2015
11:00 – OPENING  CEREMONY
11:15 – Round 1
12:35 – Round 2
13:45 – LUNCH
15:05 – Round 3
16:25 – Round 4
17:45 – Round 5                      

Saturday, February 21, 2015
11:00 – Round 6
12:20 – Round 7
13:30 – LUNCH
14:50 – Round 8
16:10 – Round 9
17:30 – Round 10
18:50 – Round 11       

Sunday, February 22, 2015
10:30 – Round 12
11:50 – Round 13
13:10 – Round 14
14:30 – Round 15
16:00 – CLOSING CEREMONY