Ladies’ and Men’s Championship Pairs and Open Pairs
Past custom had been to run the club as three separate sections for these events. Given
the current usual number of tables at the club – typically 14 to16 – it is not viable to
run them in this way any longer, so the format now is as follows:
There will be two sections set out, with pre-dealt boards played in both sections
Pairs where both players are of the same sex will be deemed to have entered the appropriate Pairs Championship, mixed pairs will play in the Open event
The aim will be always to choose the movement(s) such that twelve 2-board rounds can be played, and ideally all pairs will encounter all the boards in play, other than possibly as a result of a sit-out if there is an odd number of pairs competing. If the number of tables is such to warrant it, the two sections may be merged into a single section.
There will be a draw for starting position, but with the caveat that pairs that include a player with limited mobility and who notify me in advance will be given a randomly drawn guaranteed fixed seat, arranged in advance.
Whenever feasible, some appropriate variation on a Mitchell movement will be deployed
to avoid too much ‘moving around’. There may be share(s) and / or a relay depending on table numbers. It may be necessary to deploy a non-Mitchell movement or adjusted Mitchell movement in one or both sections to ensure that all players encounter the same set of boards.
The movement actually deployed may need to be some kind of compromise in order to avoid 3-board sit-outs.
The results will be expressed in a single overall ranking. The winners of the Ladies’ Pairs Championship will be deemed to be the highest placed all-lady pair, and they will receive the cup. Similarly for the Men’s Championship and the Open event, though there is no cup
for the Open event. Wine will be awarded to the winners of all three events
Past practice has been to award Local Points at the 'District' level, but this action is no longer feasible.
The boards will be pre-dealt – usually using hands created by the ScoreBridge-linked program called SB Dealer. Hand layouts will be available for all players, and they will also be merged into the travellers when the results are published on the club’s website.
Table money for all players will be as advertised – so typically for members that will be the same as for a standard club night. The club will absorb the additional costs associated with hand dealing, extra wine prizes, and trophy engraving.
All three events are open to non-members.