Tournament

1. DATE AND VENUE
The tournament will be held on February 20 - 22, 2015 in the Danilovskaya Hotel.
The tournament will start on February 20, 2015 at 11:00.
The tournament will end on February 22, 2015; the approximate time is 17:00.

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:
Slawek Latala (Chief TD)
Denis Dobrin
Anwar Kursakov
Konstantin Rabkin

Director of operations:
Anton Osipov

Vugraph online:
Bridge Base Online

3. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Slava Cup - 2014 will be organized as two independent competitions: the team tournament and the pair tournament. The team tournament will consist of 8 teams which will be personally invited by the Organizing Committee. The pair tournament will consist of 36 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, 2014 will serve as the criterion for the selection of the rest participants. In case of coincidence of the Russian Bridge Federation sport grade an advantage will be given to the pairs with a higher Russian Bridge Federation rating as of February 1, 2014. The number of participants in the pair tournament could be increased by special decision of the Organizing Committee.

4. REGISTRATION
All potential participants of the pair tournament must be submitted electronically by February 12, 2014, via the website (not by e-mail) at http://slavacup.com/registration.htm.

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 the teams play a complete round-robin qualifier. The result of each match shall be calculated in IMP and then converted into VP in accordance with the official scale of World Bridge Federation. If two teams are tied with the same number of VP 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 next criteria the total amount of IMPs will be used.
At the end of the round-robin qualifier the first four ranked teams will play semifinal and final, the other teams could play for the 5-th place. The winner of the round-robin qualifier chooses the opponent for the semifinal among the 2 – 4 places. Then the winners of semifinals will play a final to determine the title; the losers will play a match for third place. 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. If a tie exists at the end of a knockout match, it will be resolved by playing the additional 4-board mini-matches.

Pair tournament
The tournament will be organized as a “Swiss pairs” tournament and will consist of 15 8-board rounds. The line-up in 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 IMP (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 IMP in each round will be converted into VP in accordance with the scale “Sunday Times” 60:0 where 1 IMP = 1 VP, so it is not possible in one round to win or to lose more than 30 IMP. Average plus or minus are, respectively, equal plus or minus 3 IMP. In the event of two or more pairs having the same number of VP, their rankings will be determined according to their total amount of IMP. If this parameter is not enough, the places and the prizes will be shared by the competitors.
Players are expected to complete each 8-board round in 1 hour 5 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 1’000.

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.