Tournament Focus: Spring 2010

Tournament Committee Update

by Andrew Petrie

Although we have not had a meeting since October there has been significant progress on a number of issues.

New Events Targetted at Club Players

1. The new National Stratified Simultaneous Pairs will take place during a week in early March 2011. The key features of this competition are:

  • Clubs can enter on more than one night (different boards are played each night)
  • A significantly reduced entry fee of £2 per person
  • Overall Masterpoint awards in 4 Divisions stratified as
    • A. Below District Master
    • B. Below 1* Master
    • C. Below Tournament Master
    • D. Open
  • Online hand records and commentaries
  • A donation of £250 by the EBU to a charity chosen by the winners of Division A

2. David Jones of Hilton Bridge Weekends renown has agreed to organise a number of EBU Improver Weekends in season 2010/11. These are aimed specifically at club players and will be shown in the next annual diary.

3. As soon as possible after September 2010, clubs will be able to stratify their MP awards in a similar fashion to that widely undertaken in US clubs.

Masterpoints and Licences

Masterpoints and Licences

A new Masterpoint and Licensing Handbook will be published online from mid-March to take effect on 1 April 2010.

Also from that date a revised framework of promotion awards will come into operation (based around 4 landmark ranks), together with a revised structure of annual prizes and awards.

Further details of these changes will be the subject of a future article in Tournament Focus.

Andrew Petrie
Chairman EBU Tournament Committee