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 • Format

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.

 • Programme

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:

Day Time Event
Juniors Schools
Saturday, 29 July 2006
18:00 Captain's Meeting
19:00 Opening Ceremony
20:30 Dinner

Sunday, 30 July 2006

10:00 Round Robin 1 Round Robin 1
12:30 Lunch 
14:00 Round Robin 2 Round Robin 2
17:30 Round Robin 3 Round Robin 3
20:00 Dinner
Monday, 31 July 2006 10:00 Round Robin 4 Round Robin 4
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Round Robin 5 Round Robin 5
17:30 Round Robin 6  
20:00 Dinner
Tuesday, 1 Autust 2006 10:00 Round Robin 7 Round Robin 6
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Round Robin 8 Round Robin 7
17:30 Round Robin 9 Round Robin 8
20:00 Dinner
Wednesday, 2 August 2006 Outing
Thursday, 3 August 2006 10:00 Round Robin 10 Round Robin 9
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Round Robin 11 Round Robin 10
17:30 Round Robin 12 Round Robin 11
20:00 Dinner
Friday, 4 August 2006 10:00 Round Robin 13  
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Round Robin 14 Round Robin 12
17:30 Round Robin 15 Round Robin 13
20:00 Dinner
Saturday, 5 August 2006 10:00 Round Robin 16 Round Robin 14
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Round Robin 17 Round Robin 15
17:00 SF Captains' Meeting
20:00 Dinner
Sunday, 6 August 2006 10:30 Semifinal 1 Semifinal 1
11:00 Swiss Pairs 1/2
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Semifinal 2 Semifinal 2
15:00 Swiss Pairs 3/4
17:00 Semifinal 3 Semifinal 3
17:30 Swiss Pairs 5/6
19:00 Dinner
21:00 Semifinal 4 Semifinal 4
Monday, 7 August 2006 10:30 Final 1 & Playoff 1 Final 1 & Playoff 1
11:00 Swiss Pairs 7/8
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Final 2 & Playoff 2 Final 2 & Playoff 2
15:00 Swiss Pairs 9/10
17:00 Final 3 & Playoff 3 Final 3 & Playoff 3
17:30 Swiss Pairs 11
19:00 Dinner
21:00 Final 4 & Playoff 4 Final 4 & Playoff 4
Tuesday, 8 August 2006 10:30 Final 5 Final 5
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Final 6 Final 6
20:00 Prize Giving Ceremony
Wednesday, 9 August 2006 Departure

 • 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.

  Age limit

All players in the Junior series must have been born on or after 1 January 1980. The Schools series is open to play­ers born on or after 1 January 1985.

Participation is by invitation only. When applying, NBOs are required to submit, for consideration by the WBF Cre­den­tials Committee, the full name of each team member (player, captain, etc.), as well as the exact date of birth of each player. Upon arrival, captains will be requested to present the passports of their players for verification of age el­i­gi­bil­i­ty.

  Entry Fees

The Entry Fee to the tournament is US $3,000 per team, but a US $2,000 reduction will be granted to teams which book their rooms at the venue hotel, in accordance with WBF regulations (all team members - players, officials, guests - must be booked in rooms for the entire duration of the tournament, declaring that they belong to the ‘world bridge’ group in their reservation form).

The entry fees are payable by July 15, 2006. No additional fee will be charg­ed for participation in the Swiss Pairs.


Teams that need visas to enter Thailand are invited to apply on time. Information is provided by the Thai consular authorities worldwide and many Internet sites including

  Entry Procedure

Entries to the Championships must be submitted electronically, by June 30, 2006.

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 • Systems

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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 • Prizes

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.

 • Contact

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