|he 6th World
Junior Bridge Team Championship will be held in Hamilton, an attractive city in
the province of Ontario, Canada, from 4 to 13 August 1997.
All Zones of the World Bridge Federation are invited to
participate in this prestigious tournament. Each Zone may be represented by one
or two teams, except Zone 1 (Europe) that can enter up to four teams and Zone 2
(North America) that can enter up to three teams. Conditionally, a third team
will be accepted from Zone 6 (Pacific Asia). The host country is also invited to
take part with one team. In general, players may be up to 25 years old.
The Championship consists of a qualifying
stage, semifinals, a final and a playoff for third
place. The winners of the final will be the new World Junior Champions: they
will receive the Ortiz-Patiño Trophy and silver replicas for each
player and the non-playing captain. Those failing to qualify will be able to
participate in a Swiss Pairs contest to be arranged exclusively for
This is the sixth event of the series that was
inaugurated in 1987 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. As a biennial competition, it
was held in 1989 in Nottingham, Great Britain; in 1991 in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
USA; in 1993 in Århus, Denmark; and in 1995 in Bali, Indonesia. The host
country won the Championship on the first three occasions, but this tradition
was broken in 1993 by Germany. The reigning World Junior Champions are Great Britain; the first country to win the title
is the world's second-largest country (after Russia) and comprises all the North
American continent north of the United States, with the exclusion of Alaska,
Greenland, and the tiny French islands of St. Pierre. It has a total population
(1991) of 28 million, but about 80% of this number live within 160 km of the
U.S. border on the south; approximately 89% of the country is virtually
unsettled. Because of these vast tracts of virtually uninhabited northern
forests and tundra, Canada has one of the lowest population densities in the
world. Politically, Canada is a self-governing federal union of ten provinces
and two territories, within the British Commonwealth. The great majority of
Canadians are of European descent, born in Canada.
The province of Ontario
is located in central Canada, west of Quebec and north of the United States. It
has Canada's largest population, while it is second in size only to Quebec. A
fundamental contrast exists between southern Ontario, with the bulk of the
province's population, manufacturing, and agriculture, and northern Ontario,
which is sparsely settled and dependent on mining and forestry.
(pop. 300,000) is a port city situated at the western end of Lake Ontario, half
way between Toronto and the Niagara Falls, some 50 km from Toronto International
Airport. Located in an extensive fruit-growing area, the city is the site of one
of Canada's largest open-air markets, and it is one of the country's major
tournament will be played at the Hamilton Convention
Centre, in downtown Hamilton, which combines first class convention
facilities with numerous possibilities for shopping, dining and entertainment
within a few steps.|
to all participants and accompanying guests will be offered at the Sheraton Hamilton. This is a luxury hotel,
directly connected to the Convention Centre, with superb facilities including a
Mediterranean pool, health club and jacuzzi. The organizers will provide free
transportation from Toronto airport to the hotel and vice versa to all visitors.
Greatly reduced rates for players, team officials, journalists and accompanying
guests have been negotiated. Single and double rooms are available at Canadian
Dollars $112 and $70 respectively, per person per night, full board (i.e. with
breakfast, hot lunch and hot dinner served in the Convention Centre).|
The Championship consists of a qualifying stage, semifinals,
a final and a playoff for third place.
The qualifier is a round robin
where each team meets all other competing teams in matches of 16, 20, 24 or 32
boards, depending on the number of entries.
The four top teams will advance to the 64-board semifinals. The two semifinal winners will play in
the 96-board final from which the new
World Junior 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 in Denmark '93 and Bali '95. No nationality restrictions
will be imposed on the composition of the competing pairs.|
The Championship will start on Monday 4 August 1997
with a Reception by the Mayor of Hamilton at 17.00 hrs. The Opening Ceremony will follow at 20.00 hrs. The
Captains' Meeting is scheduled for 15.00 hrs, the same day.
The qualifying stage will begin on Tuesday morning and will
continue until Sunday 10 August, with free times for trips to Niagara Falls and
The semifinals will be played on Monday 11 August, the day the
Swiss Pairs begin. The final will start on Tuesday, together with the
playoff for third place. The Swiss Pairs and the playoff will be
concluded on this day, while the final will continue until Wednesday afternoon.
The Championship will end with the Victory
Banquet on the evening of Wednesday 13 August 1997.
Departure is on Thursday, after breakfast.
The Championship is open to all Zones
of the World Bridge Federation. Zone 1 may enter up to four teams; Zone 2 up to
three teams; the rest of the Zones up to two teams each. The host country is
also entitled to participate with one team. Subject to the total number of
participating teams not exceeding 18, Zone 6 will be invited to enter an
additional (third) team. Each team consists of 4-6 players, a non-playing
captain and, possibly, other officials.
In general, all
players must have been born on or
after 1 January 1972. However,
players born in 1971 are also eligible to participate provided they qualified
for this Championship through an official zonal competition which took place in
Participation is by invitation only. When applying, NBOs are
required to submit, for consideration by the 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 the age eligibility.
The Entry Fee to the
tournament is US $500 per team. No additional fee will be charged for the Swiss
All systems of
bidding and card play must comply with the
WBF Systems Policy. Each pair is
required to complete an official Convention Card and lodge it with the Appeals
Committee within the available time limit.
The winners of the
Championship will receive the Ortiz-Patiño Trophy, to be kept for
two years, and also silver replicas for each player and the non-playing captain.
Medals and souvenir gifts will be given to the first three teams.
Valuable prizes and souvenir gifts will be given to the leading
competitors of the Swiss Pairs.
United States 1
United States 2
||Asia, Africa & Middle East
Visitors to the Championship are very welcome. There will be a Daily Bulletin, and a Vugraph
presentation with expert commentary in every round throughout the tournament.
During the qualifying stage (round robin), a limited number of spectators will
be allowed into the playing rooms.
and general information
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