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Final Bulletin, Friday July 24

Pre Bulletin, Monday July 20


1. The MontreAltQ will be hosted in Bridge Base Online from 20 th to 23 rd of July, 2020.

2. All participants are bound by the regulations contained within this document. Invitations for this event will be issued to teams of 4 – 10 players.

3. Preliminary schedule of play – subject to confirmation when the exact number of teams is known:

Monday, 20  July 2020
10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Swiss Round 1 (14 boards)
12:30 EDT / 18:30 CET – Swiss Round 2 (14 boards)
15:00 EDT / 21:00 CET – Swiss Round 3 (14 boards)

Tuesday, 21  July 2020
10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Swiss Round 4 (14 boards)
12:30 EDT / 18:30 CET – Swiss Round 5 (14 boards)
15:00 EDT / 21:00 CET – Swiss Round 6 (14 boards)

Wednesday, 22  July 2020
10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Swiss Round 7 (14 boards)
12:30 EDT / 18:30 CET – Swiss Round 8 (14 boards)
15:00 EDT / 21:00 CET – Swiss Round 9 (14 boards)

Thursday, 23  July 2020
10:00 EDT / 16:00 CET – Swiss Round 10 (14 boards)
12:30 EDT / 18:30 CET – Swiss Round 11 (14 boards)
15:00 EDT / 21:00 CET – Swiss Round 12 (14 boards)

 4. Format

The event will be played as a single stage competition either in the form of a “Swiss” or “Round Robin” depending on the number of participants. The exact number of rounds and boards per round will be announced after the registration is finished.

The results of each match shall be converted into Victory Points in accordance with the appropriate WBF IMP/VP scales.

In case of a Swiss, any errors in assigning opponents shall not invalidate the result of that, or any other, match.

In case of an odd number of teams the bye team will receive 12 VPs.

5. Line-Up

All matches will be played without change of the line-up; unless there is a serious reason for that, to be decided by the TD.

The teams are expected to submit their line-up as soon as practical but in any case not later than 30 minutes before the start of the round.

Teams who infringe this regulation will be subject to VP penalties according to this scale:

  • 1st occasion – warning;
  • 2nd and any subsequent occasion – 0.5 VP penalty.

The line-up must be submitted through the line-up web utility. All captains will be provided with the respective link and the password.

It is possible to change the submitted line-up but not later than 30 minutes before the start of the round.

The line-up is completely blind and will not be published before the start of the round.

6. Running the matches

All players involved must be online and logged in to Bridge Base Online  10 minutes before the start of the round at the latest.

Players should have their official name on BBO profile. Private isn't allowed.

The Tournament Director will create the tables and send invitations to the players in accordance with the submitted line-ups. Players are requested to accept the invitation immediately upon receipt.

All tables will play duplicated boards (same boards for every team).

The table settings will allow kibitzers but forbid communication between players and kibitzers.

Barometer scoring will be OFF. The scores are only visible (for the players) after the last board has been played. Kibitzers can see the scores during the match.

Undo and claiming according to the BBO-guidelines: all players have the right to reject an undo or claim request for any reason. They are not required to explain why they have rejected such a request.

If players explain bids during the bidding via chat, then this is not communicated to “the table”, but only to “the opponents”. This way their partner cannot see the explanation, similar to explaining the bids via the BBO alert mechanism.

Players alert their own bids.

Players may not consult their own system card and use any aids to their memory, calculation or technique between the commencement of the auction period and the end of play.

The time limit will be announced when the exact format of the event is defined. The  Tournament  Director  may  remove  unplayed  boards  if  in  his opinion a delay in finishing the match in the allotted time would interfere with the  smooth  running  of  the  competition.

7. Request of the TD ruling

This tournament will of course be played in the most respectful way possible. Fun and good bridge are paramount. Netbridge relies on reluctance and restraint to call the Director. Should a team find a serious cause for demanding a ruling, then this will only be dealt with if the captain of the team announces this via email within 45 minutes after the last board played (with an explanation and a request for a specific adjustment of the score). Netbridge will inform the other team and give that team the opportunity (through its captain) to respond via an email within 45 minutes after being informed. The protest will be decided by a qualified director; or world class player; no further appeal will be possible after his/her decision.

To submit protests, you should send email to:

8. These Regulations may be amended and augmented at the discretion of the organizing committee if circumstances so warrant so as to ensure the smooth, efficient and enjoyable running of the tournament.

Although this tournament isn't aligenced with any bridge federation we will cooperate and provide them with all the information necessary to detect and prevent cheating.


Last update: July 02, 2020