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Contract Bridge (Sept/14)

Districts are encouraged to follow the technical information and guidelines found within this manual at all times.  When changes are necessary at the District level, participants who qualify for Ontario 55+ Summer Games must be made aware that the following rules will be in use at Ontario 55+ Summer Games .

FORMAT:
Open Doubles:
Each team can be comprised of two (2) males, two (2) females or a mixed team.

The gold medal team at the district level is eligible to attend the Ontario 55+ Summer Games ; therefore, each district can send a maximum of two (2) participants.

 Any persons not present at the scheduled commencement of play and throughout the competition are in default and are automatically disqualified from the competition.  Competitors are obligated to complete play regardless of their record in the competition.  If a team defaults part way through the event, the results of that team will be removed from the standings.  The organizers shall have an extra team available to play as a "floater" team in case there is an uneven number of teams or in case of a default.  This team`s results will not count in the final standings.  If there are any questions about rulings, the OSGA Summer Games Technical Manual will be considered correct.

ELIGIBILITY:

District Games - Any person 55+ living in Ontario

Ontario 55+ Summer Games - Gold Medal Winners - District competition

NOTE: Previous Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and Canada Games winners are still eligible to compete at the District and Ontario 55+ Summer Games level.
 

TOURNAMENT SET-UP: 

  1. Each Session will consist of a minimum of twelve (12) rounds, with four hands to be played in each round, for a total of 48 hands.
  2. At the end of four (4) hands, the East-West team will move up one table.  The North-South team will remain stationary.
  3. Approximately twenty minutes shall be allowed for four hands of play.
  4. At the provincials, two sessions of Contract Bridge will be held over a two day period.
Determining the Winners
  1. The winning team in any game will be awarded two (2) tournament points. The losing team will receive zero (0). In the case of a tie, one (1) tournament point will be awarded to both teamshe total score by a team after all rounds will determine the team’s placing
  2. The total tournament score by a team after all rounds will determine the team`s placing.
  3. If at the conclusion, there is a tie for placings, the following procedure will be used to break the tie:
    a. the total scores obtained by a team from all rounds.;
    b. If necessary, the points scored for divided by the points scored against with the highest quotient winning;
    c. If necessary, then an extra game of four(4) hands should be played between the teams that are tied.
AWARDS:
Gold (2)     One (1) per team member
Silver (2)    One (1) per team member
Bronze (2)  One (1) per team member 

RULE SOURCE:

The provisions of the laws of Contract Bridge as outlined in Morehead& Mott-Smith, Hoyles Rules of Games shall apply.  If any irregularity occurs, teams are to immediately summon the Tournament Convenor.  The Tournament Convenor shall base his/her ruling on the rule source and/or Technical Manual.  The Tournament Convenor`s ruling on any corrective action to be taken or penalties to be awarded shall be considered as final.

EVENT REQUIREMENTS

Equipment

    1. Twenty (20) regulation size card tables
    2. Forty (40) new decks of standard playing cards  
    3. Scorecards, pens etc.

    Facilities

      1. The facility must be well illuminated and large enough to appropriately space 20 regulation size card tables.
      2. The facility should be air-conditioned.

      OFFICIALS:

      The OSGA requires at minimum, the following officials for Ontario 55+ Summer Games .

      For District Games, the following are only a suggestion.  Participation numbers and availablity of volunteers may result in fewer officials being required.  Districts are encouraged to try to have the necessary officials to run the event successfully.

      One (1) Activity Convenor

      Two (2) Official Scorekeepers  

      The host committee will ensure that all major officials have the required qualifications as specified by the OSGA at least one (1) year prior to Ontario 55+ Summer Games . The host committee is also responsible for any other officials required to run this event.

      CONTRACT BRIDGE RULES SUMMARY:
      1. Assistance may be given to individuals who have difficulty shuffling or dealing.
      2. High card cut will determine the first dealer. In the case of a passed out hand, the dealer deals again but only once more. If a second deal is passed out, there is no score for that hand. Each team records a zero and the next person deals. “One” bids must be played.
      3. It is recommended that each team keep a scorecard. Once the four hands have been played, the score will be transferred to each team’s scorecards and initialed by an opponent. A zero must precede all three-digit scores (e.g. 0650).
      4. If a team is using an unusual bidding system, the opponents must be informed before the commencement of play.
      5. The Ontario 55+ Summer Games Contract Bridge tournament will be based on the Chicago scoring and vulnerability system and will conducted in the following manner. 

      a) Vulnerability will be determined as follows for each round: First Hand: No one vulnerable Second Hand: Dealer’s team vulnerable

       

      Third Hand: Dealer’s team vulnerable 
      Fourth Hand: Everyone’s vulnerable


      b) Vulnerable affects both under-tricks penalties and slam bonuses. 
                              i) 500 for vulnerable game score

                              ii) 300 for non-vulnerable game score

                              iii) Honours will be scored if declared before the next hand is dealt

       

      c. Partscores: Partscores made previously may be combined with a partscore made in the current deal to complete a game of 100 or more trick points. The game premium is determined by the vulnerability of the side that completes the game. When a side makes or completes a game, no previous partscore of either side may thereafter be counted toward game. A side that makes a partscore in the fourth deal, if the partscore is not sufficient to complete a game, receives a premium of 100 points. This premium is scored whether or not the same side or the other side has an uncompleted partscore. There is no separate premium for making a partscore in any other circumstances.
      d. Trick Values
      Diamonds or Clubs  -20    No-Trump  - 40 
      Spades or Hearts   - 30             No-Trump  - each subsequent Trick  - 30
      Doubling double trick values. Redoubling multiples them by four

       

      e    Premiums

       

       

      Not Vulnerable

      Vulnerable

       

      Not Doubled

      Doubled

      Re-doubled

      Not doubled

      Doubled

      Re-doubled

      Extra Tricks

      Trick Value

      100

      200

      Trick Value

      200

      400

      Little Slam

      500

      500

      500

      750

      750

      750

      Grand Slam

      1000

      1000

      1000

      1500

      1500

      1500

      Making Doubled or redoubled Contract

      -

      50

      50

      -

      50

      50

      Honours

      Four in One Hand, 100       Five in One hand , 150

      Four Aces in One hand, No Trump - 150

       

      Not Vulnerable

      Vulnerable

      Under Tricks

      Not Doubled

      Doubled

      Re-doubled

      Not doubled

      Doubled

      Re-doubled

      One

      50

      100

      200

      100

      200

      400

      Two

      100

      300

      600

      200

      500

      1000

      Three

      150

      500

      1000

      300

      800

      1600

      Four

      200

      800

      1400

      400

      1100

      2200