The Prez Says …
The 2020 USBF Invitational 2 Online Tournament
Our first Online Tournament in May delighted both the participants and the spectators. We were encouraged by many to sponsor another competition and here we are. We hope you will follow the action August 8‐10 (already finished) and 14‐16 on BBO. 16 top United States teams are set to compete. The first weekend was a complete Round Robin. Each match were 11 boards.
The second weekend will feature the Quarterfinal, Semifinal & Final KO stages, with seeding based on Round Robin performance. The Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches will be 56 boards, played in four 14‐board segments; the Final match will be 60 boards, played in four 15‐board segments.
The matches will be played on BBO and broadcast on VuGraph with a 30 minute delay. There will be no real‐time kibitzing allowed for any match. This event will be “open notes” ‐ players may consult their bidding notes during the auction. Other aids to memory (for example, lists of percent‐ ages, calculators, notes about carding) are not allowed. If a table is over the time allowed and one player has spent time consulting notes, that player’s team will be deemed at fault for the tardiness.
Undos for Misclicks will be Allowed. Any player who accidentally clicks on the wrong bid or card (“misclick”) may ask for an undo and the opponents must allow it. The request for an undo must be made before the partner of the person requesting the undo has acted.
Online play presents challenges. The USBF extends its gratitude to BBO for providing a venue where bridge can thrive during this difficult time. While the USBF Board and the tournament organizers do their best to make our events the fairest Competitions year after year, maintaining this standard will always be the responsibility of the players. We count on you to uphold the high ideals of ethics, camaraderie and sportsman‐ ship for which United States bridge is known worldwide. I know I will do my part to uphold these standards.
Please keep this in mind as you participate in this event.
Good luck everyone!
Let the games begin!
Brad Moss, USBF President
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