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Grand National Teams District 1 Finals
The Grand National Teams
2019 Conditions of Contest –
General Conditions – Part 1
of the four District 1 Grand National Team Championships will earn the right to
represent District 1 at the national finals held during the Summer NABC in Las
Vegas, July 17th to 21st, 2019. All teams consist of four, five or six players, each of
whom is a member of any ACBL Unit within District 1. Players choosing to compete
will do so in 1 of 4 flights:
1. The Championship Flight is
an open event with no master point restrictions;
2. Flight A is limited to
players with 0-6000 master points;
3. Flight B is limited to
players with 0-2500 master points; and
4. Flight C is limited to
Non-Life Masters with fewer than 500 master points.
eligibility will be established by the ACBL September 2018 master point cycle.
This means that a player’s point holding printed in the September 2018
Bulletin will determine that player’s flight eligibility.
1 encourages club level games for participation in the District final. However,
club participation is not required. All participants of any club level Grand
National Team Game will earn entry to the District finals. Teams/players not
participating in a club level game may play in the District Finals, but they pay
the higher entry fee.
player on a team entering the District finals who did not play at a club level
game will pay their portion of the higher game fee.
District 1 Finals
finals for District 1 are held on a rotating basis each year between cities in
the Eastern and Western portions of the District. For 2019, team/players have
the following options:
A and Flight
· Saturday May 18, 2019
160, 6960 Mumford Rd., Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
Sessions 10:30 am & TBA
· Contact Information: The Bridge Studio – 902-446-3910,
Kathie Macnab's email: Kmacnab@Eastlink.ca
· Championship Flight and Flight B·
· Sunday April 28, 2019
· Bridge Quebec
· 3265 Autoroute 440 Ouest, Lavel, QC, H7P 5P2
· Contact Information: Bridge Quebec – 450-934-9446, Louise Mascolo – 514-993-2221
fees will be $100.00/team.
Dead-line Monday May 6th 2019:
is required for participation in this event to help the director select the right
movement, number of duplicated boards etc.
team will designate the team Captain from amongst its own playing members or a
non-playing team Captain on its registration entry, and said Captain will be
responsible for all representation of the team.
Composition and Play
may consist of four, five or six players.
Players may be added at any time before actual competition begins.
Each player must play at least 50% of the total boards played by the
team. Exceptions to this rule may be made by request to the GNT Coordinator.
team that participates in either the Championship Flight or Flight A must
designate prior to play on the entry form one (or more) of its players to serve
as a committee member if necessary. Those
designated players must be available after each session to serve if so
requested. The Tournament
Director(s) should assemble any committees from amongst these players
designated. Designated players
must not leave the premises without verifying with the Tournament Director that
their services will not be required.
ACBL 20-point Victory Scale shall be used. The
winners from each flight will win the right to represent District 1 at the ACBL
Summer National Finals.
the NAP, the ACBL does not offer a subsidy to attend the event at the summer
NABC. However, subsidies for players do include:
1 has Grass Roots Funds monies for Flights B & C that will be considered for
subsidy, entirely at the District 1 discretion.
Units within District 1 may also be providing subsidy monies to teams/players
within their jurisdiction.
all cases, monies will be dispersed after the team returns home from the Summer
All conventions in the General Chart are permitted in all flights. Only general
chart conventions will be allowed in Flight C. Mid Chart conventions will be
allowed in the other flights provided that two identical legibly written viable
defense with auction extensions and continuations are provided for the
opponents. Should any questions arise regarding viability or legibility of these
defenses the decision of the Tournament Director as to whether those conventions
should be allowed shall be final. In addition, District 1 policy regarding
permitted defenses to Notrump openings will be followed in all flights.
Replacements and Augmentations during the District Final:
permanent replacement for a player who, for cause, cannot continue in the event
is permitted only with the permission of the Tournament Coordinator or the
Director in Charge. Prior to the completion of the District final, the
replacement need not have played in the event but must:
a member in good standing of the ACBL, and
their ACBL membership in District 1, and
appreciably strengthen the team.
Teams for the ACBL National Finals:
winner of each flight has first option to represent District 1 at the National
Finals. If the first place team does
not accept the invitation teams will be invited to represent District 1 by order
of placement in District finals.
fifth and/or sixth player may be added to a team after completion of the
District Final. Any such player should
have played on another team in the same flight of the current year's GNT or have
previously represented District 1 in the GNT at a prior Summer Nationals.
If the player has not previously played and did not participate in the
club level or District final, they must request augmentation in writing to the
District GNT coordinator along with appropriate
a team has fewer than two of it’s original members wishing to continue on to
the National finals, they must receive consent from the District Coordinator
and/or the GNT liaison.
the event that no team from any flight accepts the invitation then the
invitation will be extended to teams that played at
the club level of qualification.
no one from the club level play is able to attend then any team may request in
writing their desire to represent District 1 at the ACBL National finals.
This request must be accompanied with a fee equal to that of the entry
fee for the District final. These
cheques, payable to District 1, will be added to the District subsidy proceeds.
This selection will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee will consist of the GNT Coordinator, the GNT
liaison, and two members of the District 1 executive and will appoint a team to
represent District 1 in the National finals.
is the policy of the ACBL and District 1 to encourage spectators.
Kibitzers will be permitted at the event but must remain at one table
during a match or segment. A
fifth or sixth member of a team may kibitz at a table no closer than two tables
away from the tables at which his own team is playing.
Each player has the right to bar one kibitzer without assigning cause, or
an unlimited number of kibitzers for cause. Any kibitzer may be barred for cause
by the ACBL Director in Charge or the Tournament Chairmen, with or without prior
application from the players at the table. Kibitzers shall follow appropriate
etiquette (no talking, eating, gum chewing, etc.).
team failing to seat a complete team within ten (10) minutes of the announced or
actual starting time (whichever is later) will be penalized 1 IMP per board to
be played in that Swiss match or KO segment, and an additional 1 IMP for each
two minutes of tardiness thereafter. If a team is not seated within thirty (30)
minutes of the starting time, the Swiss or KO match will be forfeited. The match
will be curtailed one (1) board, up to a maximum of four (4) boards, for each
five (5) minutes of tardiness after the first ten (10) minutes.
a Stage 1 Round Robin movement consisting of short matches is required, any team
failing to seat a complete team within ten (10) minutes of the starting time for
the session shall receive ZERO VP's for the matches not played plus a one (1) VP
penalty for each match not played, and their opponents shall receive a VP amount
for the skipped match equal to their average result in all of their other
a knockout match ends in an exact tie, subsequent segments of eight (8) boards
each will be played until a winner is determined. The seating rights in each
segment will be determined by a coin flip.
three or more teams are tied for the last qualifying position after a round
robin the team with the best IMP ratio from the direct competition between the
tied teams shall advance. If the IMP ratio does not determine a winner
subsequent segments of four (4) boards each will be played (in a round robin
format if required) until the single advancer is determined. Seating rights for
each segment will be determined by a coin flip.
two teams tie for the last qualifying position then the score of the head to
head match will determine the
of Event or Refusal to Play
player(s) who discontinues play or significantly disrupts the normal playing
schedule based upon disagreement with a ruling made by the Tournament Director,
the Committee Chairmen, or an Appeals Committee will have their behaviour
reviewed by a Conduct and Ethics Committee with specific reference to the
applicable Code of Disciplinary Regulations sections.
items not covered by these Conditions of Contest will be resolved by the
Tournament Coordinator in consultation with the Tournament Director.
Coordinator: Kathie Macnab
- 902-443-4676 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison: Louise Mascolo – 514-768-0616
President: Jean LaTravers –
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