Article 1. The schedule of International open bridge pairs Union Cup is:
from 10:00 – 1st round
– lunch break
from 16:00 – 2nd round
– dinner
from 09:00 – 3rd round
from 13:30 – award ceremony

Article 2. Tables positions for the first session will be based on points from National Trophy. Tables positions for the first session will be displayed with 10 minutes before start of first round.

Article 3. Tables positions for the second session will be based on 1st round ranking.

Article 4. Tables positions for the third session will be based on ranking after two rounds. Pairs will be split in divisions by ranking after two rounds.

Article 5. In the qualifications, the Howell circulation will most likely be used and will be played 22-26 pre-dealt boards/round. Pairs run as indicated on each table. Boards are decreasing one table at each change.
In 3rd round pairs will be splitted in divisions:

  • A Division: leadin first 14 pairs after 2 rounds
  • B Division : 11 – 13 tables, with next pairs in order
  • C Division : 11 – 13 tables, with next pairs in order
  • D Division : 11 – 13 tables, with next pairs in order
  • E Division: remaining pairs.To complete it, it is possible to reduce the number of tables from divisions B, C and D.

Article 6. Final ranking in all divisions are calculated by folowing formula [(R1+R2)/2 + (1.1)xR3]/2. It’s possible to accept unqualified pairs in last division. This pairs will start 3rd round with lowest average of first two rounds. Qualified pairs cannot change divisions.

Article 7. In case of a tie, the following criteria will be used:

  1. number of tops wonned in  the last round played;
  2. number of tops loosed in the last round played;
  3. result beetween pairs in the last round played

Article 8. Convention sheets with all section completed, are mandatory. Absence of convention sheet are penalyzed automatically with 1% by referee.

Article 9. Arbitration of disputable situations will be at the disadvantage of the pairs with the incomplete convention card.

Article 10. For delays longer than 5 minutes, result of missing pair will be 40% by unplayed board. Result of opponent pair will be 60%. Contest director will decide playing a board delayed

Article 11. Delays greater than 30 minutes from the start of the session will result in the exclusion of pair from contest.

Article 12. Pairs of 3 players are allowed. Pair replacements can only be performed during the break between rounds.

Article 13. Smoking is prohibited in the playing room. Players must be present at the game table during playing, penalties for breaching this provision being 0.5% after the warning.

Article 14. Players under the influence of alcoholic beverages may not play at the table. No unsportsmanlike, injurious or violent manifestations will be tolerated against partners, opponents or officials, leading to aggravating circumstances in the granting of sanctions by the contest director.

Article 15. The contest fee is 150 Lei/player + 10 Lei/player – F.R. Bridge tax for junior support . The contest fee for juniors is 0 Lei.

Article 16. Prizes do not cumulate and are taxable. The prize’s tax will be paid by the organizers.

Article 17. These provisions are supplemented by those of F.R.B.

Article 18. Appeal fee to arbitration decisions: 50 Lei.

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