National Point-a-Board Teams

RealBridge, 23rd – 24th Jan 2021

Formerly part of the National Teams Congress

Due to Covid, the National Point-a-Board Teams will not be taking place face-to-face this year. Instead we will be running the event online, held on RealBridge.

The event in 2021 will be played as a two session qualifier on Saturday with a Final (with carryover) and a Consolation Final (without carryover) over the two days. Master Points for matches won will be enhanced throughout.

As well as providing a rare opportunity to play with this fascinating and skillful form of scoring, the congress will be ideal for players wishing to add to their Green Point tally since there will be enhanced master points (masterpoints will be awarded for matches won at a 50% enhanced rate in the qualifier and main final of the Point-a-Board teams).

The Point-a-Board Teams is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship.

A short guide to Point-a-Board matches is available here, read David Gold's guide to the tactics of PAB in the June 2013 issue of English Bridge, or read Brian Senior's discussion of the different tactics for Point-a-Board, IMPs and Match Points.

To enter

The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. Log-in and select 'Book Events' from the Utilities menu.

You can also call 01296 317203 or email comps@ebu.co.uk.

Congress Prices

The prices for our online congresses and competitions are significantly lower than they would have been face to face (about 20% less), but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium. Players are also saving a significant amount of money in travel and accommodation costs.

We have been working hard to keep bridge going since last March, but with no end to the pandemic expected soon, we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we are still using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme coming to an end this will only get worse.

Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our online congresses and major competitions.

Convention Cards

Please email your system cards to EBUConventionCards@gmail.com to receive an online link that you can provide to your opponents at the table. Please make sure your email contains in the subject which event you would like this card to be used for. If you could please send your System Cards in a pdf format named "Surname-Surname.pdf".

Holders

2020
Phil King, Kevin Castner, Stefan Skorchev, Petar Ivanov & Dessy Malakova

Timetable

Day

Times

Description

Saturday

11.30am - 7pm (approx.)

Qualifier

Sunday

11.30am - 7pm (approx.)

Final and Consolation Final

Entry Fees

Price

£200 per team

Closing date for entries is 15th January 2021

Master Points

Fully green pointed. Master points issued at enhanced rate for matches won throughout.

Venue and Tariff

Venue for 2021: RealBridge

RealBridge is a new online bridge platform currently undergoing extensive testing among clubs and national organisations across the world. Its most distinctive feature is that it uses your computer's camera and microphone (if it has them) to provide video and audio of the players at the table, aiming to replicate the experience of playing face to face. However, players without that capacity will still be able to play by typing comments in the traditional manner.

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