SLAVA CUP – 2019
Conditions of Contest
1. DATE AND VENUE
The tournament will be held on March 8 - 10, 2019 at the Metropol Hotel.
Start: March 8, 2019 at 11:00.
End: March 10, 2019 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.
Pavel PORTNOY (Chairman)
Sergey MINKO (Vice-Chairman)
Denis DOBRIN (Chief TD)
Director of operations:
BRIDGE BASE ONLINE
3. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
SLAVA CUP 2019 will be organized as a Swiss Pairs tournament.
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 admitted according to their sport grade in the Russian Bridge Federation (RBF) as of February 1, 2019. 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, 2019.
The number of participants may be increased by special decision of the Organizing Committee.
All potential participants must be submitted electronically by 18:00 February 24, 2019, via the website of the tournament (not by e-mail).
5. ENTRY FEE
There will be no entry fee.
The Organizing committee is willing to assist with the accommodation of foreign participants, but it can only be possible with the timely request.
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 be 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The prize fund consists of USD 35,000:
1 USD 10,000
2 USD 8,000
3 USD 6,000
4 USD 4,000
5 USD 3,000
6 USD 2,000
7 USD 1,000
20 USD 1,000
Friday, 8 March 2019
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, 9 March 2019
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, 10 March 2019
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 party