Ranked Masters Pairs

The St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull, B91 1AT, 24th - 25th February 2018

This is a group of pairs championships for which an appropriate EBU Master Point Rank is needed to enter. The rank must be attained by virtue of points earned by 1st January 2018, and players who hold unregistered points at that date, which would promote them to a higher rank, may only compete at the higher rank. Players currently or previously based overseas for any substantial period of their bridge playing career should make a special application for a national rank to be afforded them solely for the purpose of participating in this particular event.

Players below the rank of Regional Master should enter the Masters Pairs.

Cross-IMP (teams-type) scoring is used in all events.

The granting of free entry to those who had attained a landmark promotion was ended in 2016 for all except those attaining promotion to the rank of Master. If, in April 2016-July 2016 you received notification of a free entry to one of the Ranked Master Pairs events, and did not use it in 2017, then it can be used in 2018 - thereafter no free entries will be given. For entry to the Masters Pairs see the Masters Pairs webpage.

Categories

(A) Premier Grand Masters Pairs
This event is open to Premier Grand Masters partnering either another Premier Grand Master or a Grand Master.

(B) Grand Masters Pairs for the Harrison Gray Salver
This event is open to Grand Masters (but not Premier Grand Masters) partnering either another Grand Master or a Premier Life Master.

(C) Premier Life Masters Pairs for the Premier Life Masters Trophy
This event is open to Premier Life Masters partnering either another Premier Life Master or a Life Master.

(D) Life Masters Pairs for the Maurice Blank Trophy
This event is open to Life Masters (but not Premier Life Masters) partnering either another Life Master or a Premier National Master.

(E) National Masters Pairs for the Bridge Magazine Cup
This event is open to National and/or Premier National Masters, or either of these playing with a Premier Regional Master.

(F) Regional Masters Pairs for the St Dunstan’s Plate
This event is open to Regional and/or Premier Regional Masters, or either of these playing with a Premier Master.

Events A - D are system level 5; events E - F are level 4.

Players in the top 20 Gold Point rankings on January 1st may elect to count themselves as Premier Grand Masters.
Players ranked 21–40 may elect to count themselves as Grand Masters.
Alternatively, such players may elect to play in their normal rank category or in any intermediate category with a suitably qualified partner.

Additional optional qualification criteria
In addition to the criteria listed above, a player will be allowed to “play up” to join a partner of a higher rank providing their NGS grade meets the following criteria on 1st January, or they achieve that grade at some point during the January before the event:

  • For the Premier Grand Masters Pairs they must be an Ace of Spades or Ace of Hearts
  • For the Grand Masters Pairs they must be an Ace
  • For the Premier Life Masters Pairs they must be a King or an Ace
  • For the Life Masters Pairs they must be in the top half of the Queen group – ie 58% or higher
  • For the National Masters Pairs they must be a Queen or higher
  • For the Regional Masters Pairs they must be in the top half of the Jack group – ie 56% or higher

Please note that for those who already qualify by virtue of their Master Point rank there is no additional NGS requirement, but this modification will allow a few players to play at a higher rank than formerly.

Holders 2017

Premier Grand Masters: Sandy Davies & Tom Gisborne
Grand Masters: David Kendrick & Roger Gibbons
Premier Life Masters: Callum McKail & Nigel Wolfendale
Life Masters: Richard Creamer & Norman Inniss
National Masters: Shahzaad Natt & Ambrose Holmes-Mackie
Regional Masters: Jeffrey Jones & Dominic Wilson
Masters: Elisabeth Bingham & Lars McBride

Timetable

All events start at 2pm on Saturday and end between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday depending on numbers.

Entry Fees

(A) Ranked Masters Pairs £69 per player

(B) Masters Pairs £26 per player

Members who have attained a landmark promotion are entitled to free entry. They can play with any partner of their choice at the level of the highest player in the partnership.

Closing date for entries: 21st February 2018

Master Points

Fractional Green Points will be awarded for all matches/rounds won in all events (the same formula will be used for all events based solely on the number of boards in the match regardless of the category of the event). Additional Green Points will be awarded based on overall ranking to the top third of the field in each category. These bonus awards will vary depending on the category of the event.

Agreements
Events A - D are system level 5; events E - F are level 4.

Venue and Tariff

The St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 1AT, UK

In order to take advantage of the following rates book via the EBU Accommodation Booking Service and call Bridge Overseas Freephone on: 0800 0346 246

Rates for 2018

Details will be posted here when available.

Rates from 2017 Birmingham venue

DB&B £65.95 sharing; £79.95 single
B&B £54.95 sharing; £65.00 single

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