The World Youth Team Championships will be played concurrently in two series: for Juniors and Schools players. Each series consists of a qualifying stage, semifinals, a final and a playoff for third place.
The qualifier is a Round Robin robin where each team meets all other competing teams of the same series in matches of 16, 20, 24 or 32 boards, depending on the number of entries.
The four top teams of each series will advance to the 64-board semifinals. The two semifinal winners will play in the 96-board series final from which the new World Junior/ Schools Champions will emerge; the losers will participate in a 64-board playoff to determine third place.
A special Swiss Pairs tournament will be arranged for those failing to qualify. Any other Junior player may also participate in this event, which proved so popular on previous occasions. No nationality restrictions will be imposed on the composition of the competing pairs.
The World Youth Team Championships will start on Saturday 29 July 2006 with the Opening Ceremony at 19.00 hrs. The Captains’ Meeting will have taken place earlier (at 17.00 hrs).
As from Sunday morning, the Round Robin robin matches will be played every day at 10.00, 14.00 and 17.30 hrs, finishing before dinner. The qualifying stage will continue until Saturday 5 August, with free times for sightseeing, etc.
The semifinals are to take place on Sunday 6 August, the day the Swiss Pairs begin. The finals start on Monday, together with the playoffs for third place. The Swiss Pairs and the playoffs will be concluded on this day, while the finals will continue until Tuesday afternoon.
The Championships will finish with the Victory Banquet and Prize giving Ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 8 August 2006.
Departure is on Wednesday morning, after breakfast.
In detail, the full Schedule is the following:
• Conditions of Entry
The Championships are open to all Zones of the World Bridge Federation.
In each series: Zone 1 may enter up to five teams; Zones 2 & 6 up to three teams each; Zone 7 up to two teams each; and Zones 3, 4, 5 & 8 one team each. The host country is entitled to participate with one team in each series. At the discretion of the Youth Committee, Zone 1 may be allowed a sixth team, provided the total number of teams in each series does not exceed 18.
Each team consists of 4-6 players, a non-playing captain and, possibly, other officials.
• Entry Procedure
Entries to the Championships must be submitted electronically, by June 30, 2006.
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All systems of bidding and card play must comply with the WBF Systems Policy. The championships are category 3 event; therefore HUM systems and brown sticker conventions may not be used.
Each pair is required to complete an official Convention Card and lodge it with the Appeals Committee by June 30, 2006.
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The winners of the Junior series will receive the Ortiz-Patiño Trophy, while the Schools champions will be awarded the José Damiani Trophy. Both trophies are to be kept until the next event, but replicas will be given to each player and the non-playing captain. Souvenir gifts will be given to the first three teams.
Prizes and souvenir gifts will be given to the leading competitors of the Swiss Pairs.
• Contitions of Contest
Click here to download the Contitions of Contest of the 11th World Youth Team Championships in pdf format.