Tournament

SLAVA CUP – 2017

Conditions of Contest

 1. DATE AND VENUE

The tournament will be held on February 24 - 26, 2017 at the Metropol Hotel.

Start: February 24, 2017 at 11:00. End: February 26, 2017 not later than at 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

Vitold SLIVA

Andrey GROMOV

 

Tournament Directors:    Denis DOBRIN (Chief TD)

Grigori PALAGIN

Konstantin RABKIN

Elena SOKOLOVA

Alexey ZAKHAROV

 

Director of operations:    Anton OSIPOV

 

Vugraph online:               BRIDGE BASE ONLINE

 

3. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

SLAVA CUP - 2017 will be organized as a Swiss Pairs tournament (no teams this year).

The number of participants – 52 pairs:

- 1/3 or less will be admitted by personal invitation of the Organizing Committee;

- The rest participants will be selected according to their sport grade in the Russian Bridge Federation (RBF) as of February 1, 2017. In case of coincidence of the RBF sport grade a priority will be given to the pairs with a higher RBF rating as of February 1, 2017.

The number of participants may be increased by special decision of the Organizing Committee.

 

4. REGISTRATION

All potential participants must be submitted electronically by 18:00 February 11, 2017, via the 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 it can only be possible with the timely request.

 

7. FORMAT

The tournament will consist of 16 8-board rounds. The line-up for the first round will be made in accordance with the RBF sport grade, by the principle "first with medium"; the line-up for the rounds 2 - 14 will made according to the “Swiss” system; in rounds 15 and 16 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, ~10% of the scores from the “top” and ~10% 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 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 70 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 the 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 should follow the Alerting Policy of the World 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 pair will be fined 5 VP.

 

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 pair to be fined 5 VP.

 

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 pair to be fined 5 VP.

 

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 pair to be fined 5 VP. 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

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

 

20. SCHEDULE

 

Friday, 24 February 2016

11:00

12:10

Round 1

12:25

13:35

Round 2

13:50

15:00

Round 3

15:00

16:00

Lunch

16:00

17:10

Round 4

17:25

18:35

Round 5

18:50

20:00

Round 6

 

 

 

Saturday, 25 February 2016

11:00

12:10

Round 7

12:25

13:35

Round 8

13:50

15:00

Round 9

15:00

16:00

Lunch

16:00

17:10

Round 10

17:25

18:35

Round 11

18:50

20:00

Round 12

 

 

 

Sunday, 26 February 2016

10:00

11:10

Round 13

11:25

12:35

Round 14

12:50

14:00

Round 15

14:15

15:25

Round 16

16:00

 

Closing