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 • The Championships

The 40th World Bridge Team Championships comprise the following competitions:
   
40th World Zonal Open Team Championship for the Bermuda Bowl
18th World Zonal Women Team Championship for the Venice Cup
6th World Zonal Senior Team Championship for the d'Orsi Senior Bowl
8th Transnational Open Team Championship

Each of the three World Zonal Team Championships will be played as a single round robin, with all participating teams meeting each other. At the end of the round robin, the top teams will advance to the knockout stage, consisting of the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The quarter finals of each competition will be concluded before the start of the Transnational Open Teams, thus enabling eliminated players to compete in this tournament.

The Transnational Open Team Championship will take place during the second week, starting in the late afternoon on Monday 24 October 2011. The format will be Swiss Teams, to be played in 15 qualifying rounds of 10-board matches (3, 4 or 5 matches a day for a total of 150 boards). A knockout phase (quarterfinals, semifinals, final) will follow.

 • Programme

Date
Time Competitions
October 2011
Bermuda Bowl Venice Cup d'Orsi Senior Bowl Transnational Open
Saturday 15 10.00-18.30
15.30
18.30
Registration
Captains' meeting
Opening Ceremony
 
Sunday 16 10.30
13.45
16.45
RR 1
RR 2
RR 3
RR 1
RR 2
RR 3
RR 1
RR 2
RR 3
Monday 17 10.30
13.45
16.45
RR 4
RR 5
RR 6
RR 4
RR 5
RR 6
RR 4
RR 5
RR 6
Tuesday 18 10.30
13.45
16.45
RR 7
RR 8
RR 9
RR 7
RR 8
RR 9
RR 7
RR 8
RR 9
Wednesday 19 10.30
13.45
16.45
RR 10
RR 11
RR 12
RR 10
RR 11
RR 12
RR 10
RR 11
RR 12
Thursday 20 10.30
13.45
16.45
RR 13
RR 14
RR 15
RR 13
RR 14
RR 15
RR 13
RR 14
RR 15
Friday 21 10.30
13.45
16.45
RR 16
RR 17
RR 18
RR 16
RR 17
RR 18
RR 16
RR 17
RR 18
Saturday 22 10.30
13.45
16.45
19.15
RR 19
RR 20
RR 21
Captains' meeting
RR 19
RR 20
RR 21
Captains' meeting
RR 19
RR 20
RR 21
Captains' meeting
Sunday 23 10.30
13.45
16.45
QF - Bds 1-16
QF - Bds 17-32
QF - Bds 33-48
QF - Bds 1-16
QF - Bds 17-32
QF - Bds 33-48
QF - Bds 1-16
QF - Bds 17-32
QF - Bds 33-48
Monday 24 10.00
10.30
13.45
16.45
20.30
22.15

QF - Bds 49-64
QF - Bds 65-80
QF - Bds 81-96

QF - Bds 49-64
QF - Bds 65-80
QF - Bds 81-96

QF - Bds 49-64
QF - Bds 65-80
QF - Bds 81-96
Registration



Sess 1 (10 bds)
Sess 2 (10 bds)
Tuesday 25 10.00
10.30
11.50
13.45
14.00
15.50
16.45
17.40

SF - Bds 1-16

SF - Bds 17-32


SF - Bds 33-48

SF - Bds 1-16

SF - Bds 17-32


SF - Bds 33-48

SF - Bds 1-16

SF - Bds 17-32


SF - Bds 33-48
Sess 3 (10 bds)

Sess 4 (10 bds)

Sess 5 (10 bds)
Sess 6 (10 bds)

Sess 7 (10 bds)
Wednesday 26 10.00
10.30
11.50
13.45
14.00
15.50
16.45
17.40

SF - Bds 49-64

SF - Bds 65-80


SF - Bds 81-96

SF - Bds 49-64

SF - Bds 65-80


SF - Bds 81-96

SF - Bds 49-64

SF - Bds 65-80


SF - Bds 81-96
Sess 8 (10 bds)

Sess 9 (10 bds)

Sess 10 (10 bds)
Sess 11 (10 bds)

Sess 12 (10 bds)
Thursday 27 10.00
10.30
11.50
13.40
13.45
15.20
16.00
16.45
18.00
20.30

F/PO - Bds 1-16


F/PO - Bds 17-32


F/PO - Bds 33-48

F/PO - Bds 1-16


F/PO - Bds 17-32


F/PO - Bds 33-48

F/PO - Bds 1-16


F/PO - Bds 17-32


F/PO - Bds 33-48
Sess 13 (10 bds)

Sess 14 (10 bds)
Sess 15 (10 bds)

Captains' meeting
Round of 16 - Bds 1-16

Round of 16 - Bds 17-32
QF - Bds 1-16
Friday 28 10.00
10.30
13.00
13.45
15.40
16.45
18.20

F - Bds 49-64

F - Bds 65-80

F - Bds 91-96

F - Bds 49-64

F - Bds 65-80

F - Bds 91-96

F - Bds 49-64

F - Bds 65-80

F - Bds 91-96
QF - Bds 17-32

SF - Bds 1-16

SF - Bds 17-32

F - Bds 1-16
Saturday 29 10.30
13.45
F - Bds 97-112
F - Bds 113-128




F - Bds 17-32
F - Bds 33-48
19.30 Closing Ceremony & Prizegiving

 • Entries

The World Zonal Team Championships are open to representative teams of the 8 WBF geographical zones, as in the adjacent table. If any zone does not fill its quota, the first berth will be offered to zone 1 (Europe), and the second to zone 6 (Pacific Asia).

Each participating team must play against all other teams. Entry and subsequent refusal to play will result in disqualification.

Every proposed player must, along with other criteria, satisfy the WBF Credentials Committee that:

  1. he is nominated by the NBO of the country of his birth or the the NBO of which such nominated player first became a member, and has not, during the current or immediately preceding two calendar years represented a different NBO in any WBF or any zonal or intra-zonal competition; or
  2. he is nominated by the NBO of the country of his citizenship or bona fide residence and has not, during the current or immediately preceding two calendar years, represented a different NBO in any WBF competition or any zonal or intra-zonal competition; and
  3. (to participate in the senior series) he is at least 60 years of age or attains the age of 60 during the calendar year of the championship.
 
Zone Area Teams
1 Europe 6
2 North America 3
3 South America 2
4 Asia & Middle East 2
5 Central America 1
6 Pacific Asia 3
7 Oceania 2
8 Africa 2
The host country is entitled to enter one additional team in each series.

The Transnational Open Team Championship is open to teams composed of players coming from any country, nominated by their NBO and approved by the WBF Credentials Committee.

It is a great opportunity for players to participate in a prestigious and most enjoyable bridge tournament while, at the same, time having a unique opportunity to experience all the atmosphere and excitement of the final stages of the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup and watch some of the greatest players in the world on the first class Vugraph presentation.

Players eliminated from the round robin and quarterfinal of the Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup and d’Orsi Seniors Bowl will be able to enter the Transnational Open Team Championship free of charge provided they enter as a complete team.


Entry Fees    
   
Bermuda Bowl / Venice Cup €3,200 per team to be paid by 1 July 2011
Bank transfers ( only) to:

BNP PARIBAS PRIVATE BANK
2 Place de Hollande
CH-1211 Geneva 11
Switzerland

Account: World Bridge Federation
Ac. no.: 1320963
IBAN: CH28 0868 6132 0963 01978
SWIFT: BPPBCHGG

d'Orsi Senior Bowl €3,200 per team to be paid by 1 July 2011
Transnational Teams €1,200 per team  
  Players eliminated from the round robin and quarterfinal of the Bermuda Bowl / Venice Cup / d'Orsi Senior Bowl may form new teams and participate on the Transnational Open Championship. Depending on the number of new players in the team, the entry fee will be as follows:
 
A team with 4 new players and 1-2 eliminated players €1,200
A team with 3 new players and 1-3 eliminated players €960
A team with 2 new players and 2-4 eliminated players €640
A team with 1 new player and 3-5 eliminated players €320
A team consisting of eliminated players only no charge
             
Registration
 

All entries to the Championships must be submitted electronically via this site.
Registration to the Bermuda Bowl / Venice Cup / d'Orsi Senior Bowl is available through the Participants page.
Registration to the Transnational Open Teams is available through the Participants page..

 • Conditions of Contest

The Championships will be played in accordance with the WBF General Conditions of Contest, augmented by the 2011 Supplemental Conditions of Contest. Both are availabe here in pdf format.

Systems    
 

Systems for the World Zonal Team Championships (Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, d'Orsi Senior Bowl) must be registered with the WBF Systems Administrator by 31 July 2011. Click here to download the Systems Regulations.

No Highly Unusual Methods (HUM) or Brown Sticker (BS) conventions may be used in the round robin of the Bermuda Bowl or Venice Cup, and they are not permitted in any stage of the d'Orsi Senior Bowl.

Pairs wishing to use HUM or BS in the knockout stage of the Bermuda Bowl or the Venice Cup, must register them and send the relevant BS forms to the WBF Systems Administrator by 31 July 2011. No extension of this deadline will be granted. It is reminded that pairs using HUM or BS lose their seating rights.

 • Schedule of Play

Matches
 

Click below to get the Schedule of Play in each series (pdf format).

  > Open series (Bermuda Bowl)
  > Women series (Venice Cup)
  > Senior series (d'Orsi Bowl)

 • Contact

For further information, please contact Marina Madia at secretariat@worldbridgefed.com.


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