Contract Bridge Association of Ireland

International Trials for Camrose, Lady Milne and Teltscher Trophy in 2017

Preliminary Notice
The Camrose, Lady Milne and Teltscher Trophy are the three home international competitions in which teams from England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete against each other annually. The dates and venues for these events in the coming season are:

CAMROSE: Date: 6th to 8th January 2017, Venue: England
Date: 3rd to 5th March 2017, Venue: Scotland

LADY MILNE: Date: 21st to 23rd April 2017, Venue: Wales

TELTSCHER: Date: 19th to 21st May 2017, Venue: Northern Ireland

The C.B.A.I. International Committee (I.C.) will hold trials to select teams to represent the Republic of Ireland in each of the three events above. The dates, format, venue and other relevant information in respect of each series of trials are set out hereunder. It should be noted that the I.C. may make changes to same when details of the entries for each trial series are known.

1. CAMROSE TRIALS

Dates
Trials to select the team to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Camrose Trophy will be held in Templeogue Bridge Centre on the week-end of the 30th September to 2nd October 2016 and in Monument Bridge Centre, Roxborough Road, Limerick, on the week-end of the 14th to 16th October 2016. The decision to schedule a week-end of trials in Limerick has been taken by the I.C. to honour an undertaking given last year to consider the feasibility of holding C.B.A.I. trials outside Dublin particularly when the majority of the contestants are non-Dublin based.
It is the Committee’s intention that the trials will be played over the 2 week-ends as detailed above with the September week-end being used as a qualifying round and the October week-end which will be played in Monument Bridge Centre, Roxborough road, Limerick, as a final trial.
If the number of teams entering the trials is such that one week-end would suffice the IC has decided that the qualifying round will be abandoned and the Trials will be played in Limerick only over the week-end of October the 14th to 16th 2016. The I.C. is of the view that an entry of up to 6 teams will easily be accommodated over I final week-end.
If an entry in excess of 6 teams is received the September qualifying round will be played in Dublin in the Templeogue Bridge Centre to qualify teams to progress to the final week-end on October 14th to 16th in Limerick.

Entries
Entries are invited from teams-of-four players or teams-of-six players who are willing to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Camrose. The closing date for receipt of entries is 26th August 2016 and entries, accompanied by the entrance fee of €125 per player, must be submitted to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters on or before that date

Qualification
Each player entering the Camrose trials must meet the following criteria:
• Have a minimum holding of one hundred (100) National Points at the closing date of entry.

The I.C. reserves the right to accept entries from teams with players whose National Point holding is below the stated requirement. Players seeking entry to the trials, but lacking the National Points requirement set out above, must submit to the I.C. before 12th August 2016, details of the reasons why derogation should be granted in their case.

Format
While the precise format will be determined by reference to the number of entries, the I.C. envisage a scenario wherein the September week-end (qualifying round) to be played in Dublin on the week-end of September 30th to 2nd October will involve each team playing one direct match over as many boards as possible against each of the other teams with the leading 3 teams progressing to contest the Final week-end in Limerick in mid-October.
However if the entry is such that the IC decide to proceed with a I week-end final of Trials the format will be a full round robin or double round robin involving 6 teams.
As of the date of this Notice the I.C. expects that the final round over the week-end of the 14th to 16th October 2016 which is to be played in Limerick, will be contested by four teams consisting of the leading teams that emerge from the qualifying round together with any team(s) that the I.C. decide should be exempted to the final round. The 4 teams in the final round will play a double round robin wherein each team will play two matches against each of the other three teams over as many boards as possible. See further details on this point immediately under

A team-of-four that progresses from the qualifying round may prior to the final round, supplement their team by the addition of a pair from amongst those teams entered, but did not qualify for the final round.

The exact schedule and number of boards per match will not be decided by the I.C. until after the closing date, when the number of teams entering the trials is known. The I.C. have decided that in the event of the current I.B.U. Open team entering the Camrose Trials that this team will be deemed automatic entrants to the final week-end if the trials are being held over 2 week-ends. For this reason the qualifying round of trials will see 3 teams emerge from amongst the remaining entry to contest the final Limerick week-end. If the number of teams entering is such that a qualification round is not deemed necessary by the I.C., all entrants will be required to play the final week-end

2. LADY MILNE TRIALS

Dates
Trials to select a team to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Lady Milne Trophy will be held in Templeogue Bridge Centre, Dublin on the bank holiday week-end from 28th to 31st October 2016. Play will start no earlier than 1.30 p.m. on Friday and will conclude no later than 6.00 p.m. on Monday.

Entries
Entries are invited from pairs who are willing to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Lady Milne. The closing date for receipt of entries is the 30th September 2016 and entries, accompanied by the entrance fee of €100 per player, must be submitted to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters on or before that date.

Qualification
Each player entering the Lady Milne trials must meet one of the following criteria:
• Have a minimum holding of one hundred (100) National Points at the closing date of entry
• Entry was accepted for the Lady Milne trials last year (2015)
The I.C. reserves the right to accept entries from pairs with players whose National Point is below the stated requirement. Players seeking entry to the trials, but lacking the National Points requirement set out above, must submit to the I.C. before 16th September 2016, details of the reasons why derogation should be granted in their case.

Format
The format will be Butler Pairs involving a full round robin with each pair playing a direct match over as many boards as possible against the other pairs entering the trials. The trials will be played to a conclusion over the October bank holiday week-end. The exact schedule and number of boards per match will not be decided by the I.C. until after the closing date, when the number of pairs entering the trials is known. However, if the number of pairs entering the trials is such that it would not be practical to play a specified minimum number of boards per match, the decision to play a full round robin may be reviewed and the feasibility of playing a qualifying round (e.g. by splitting the number of pairs into more than one group with a specified number of pairs progressing from each group) followed by a final round (consisting of ten or twelve pairs) may be examined.

3. SENIOR CAMROSE TRIALS

Dates
Trials to select a team to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Teltscher Trophy will be held in the Templeogue Bridge Centre, Dublin, on the week-end of 17th to 19th February 2017.

Entries
Entries are invited from teams-of-four players or teams-of-six players who are willing to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Teltscher Trophy. The closing date for receipt of entries is 21st January 2017 and entries, accompanied by the entrance fee of €75 per player must be submitted to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters on or before that date. The I.C. may in exceptional circumstances accept entries after the closing date.

Qualification
Each player entering the Senior Camrose trials must meet the following criteria:
• Have attained the age of sixty (60) years before or during the calendar year 2017
• Have a minimum holding of seventy-five (75) National Points at the closing date of entry

The I.C. reserves the right to accept entries from teams with players whose National Point holding is below the stated requirement. Players seeking entry to the trials, but lacking the National Points requirement set out above, must submit to the I.C. before 7th January 2017, details of the reasons why such derogation should be granted in their case.

Format
The format will either be a single round robin or double round robin wherein each team will play a direct match over as many boards as possible against the other teams. The exact schedule and number of boards per match will not be decided by the I.C. until after the closing date, when the number of teams entering the trials is known.

International Committee
Michael McGloughlin (Convenor), Grainne Barton, Maureen Pattinson, Thomas MacCormac, Diarmuid Reddan, Tomás Roche.
June 2016.

Rules and Regulations re Substitutes and Systems for C.B.A.I. Trials
Substitutes
A team-of-four in the Camrose and Senior Camrose trials or a pair in the Lady Milne trials may be allowed one substitute for a limited number of matches, subject to the approval of the I.C. A substitution which in the opinion of the I.C. significantly affects the strength or weakness of a team/pair is unlikely to be approved. If a suitable substitute cannot be found for a match, the Tournament Director (T.D.) will award a score of 12 V.P. or such higher percentage as the non-offending team/pair achieves in the competition. Substitutes will not be allowed on teams-of-six. Requests for substitutes for what the I.C. considers to be a convenience reason(s) will not be approved. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the T.D. is empowered to make emergency substitutions.

In order to qualify to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Camrose and Teltscher Trophies, each player on a team-of-four must play throughout the trials unless a substitute has been accepted and each player on team-of-six must play a minimum of 50% of the boards in each stage (i.e. round robin, semi-final and final) of the trials.

Systems
All pairs participating in the C.B.A.I. trials must have two identical copies of their system card available to present to their opponents prior to the commencement of play in each session. The two members of a partnership are restricted to a single system and both must play the same system and methods in bidding and play. Both teams-of-six and teams-of-four are restricted to a maximum of four (4) system cards.
The W.B.F. Convention Card or equivalent MUST be used and may be downloaded at the website – http://www.ecatsbridge.com/documents/wbfinfo/systemsinfo/conventioncards.asp
Hard copies of the W.B.F. Convention Card or equivalent are available from C.B.A.I. National Headquarters.
Failure to comply with the obligations above or to present a system card that, in the opinion of the T.D., is insufficiently detailed will render that pair liable to an automatic penalty of one VP per match.

Highly Unusual Methods and Brown Sticker Conventions are permitted in the Camrose trials, subject to full disclosure. Highly Unusual Methods are NOT allowed both in the Lady Milne trials and Senior Camrose trials but Brown Sticker Conventions are permitted, subject to full disclosure. Players proposing to play Highly Unusual Methods must submit copies of same to C.B.A.I. National Headquarters when entering for the Camrose trials. Players may bring written defences to Highly Unusual Methods to their table as an aide memoire. Up to three Brown Sticker Conventions may be used by a partnership, details of which should be submitted on the appropriate form when entering for these trials. Blank forms for the submission of these Methods and Conventions are available from C.B.A.I. National Headquarters.
Failure to submit same with the entry will result in these Methods and/or Conventions being prohibited for use in the trials.

General
The I.C. is empowered to alter any of the arrangements or conditions including time, dates and venue, and to decide on all matters affecting these trials. Each player who enters is undertaking to represent the Republic of Ireland if nominated and to abide fully with all the conditions of these trials.

International Committee
Michael McGloughlin (Convenor), Grainne Barton, Maureen Pattinson, Thomas MacCormac, Diarmuid Reddan, Tomás Roche.
June 2016.

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