Supplemental Conditions of Contest: SBU Open Camrose Trials 2013-2014


  1. The SBU Open Camrose Trials relate to the selection of the SBU team for the 2014 Home International Camrose Trophy.
  2. The 2013-2014 trials process will consist of three weekends:
    • Stage 1 of Trial – expected to be 18-20 pairs
    • Stage 2A and 2B of Final Trial – 16 pairs only
  3. The leading two pairs from the Final Trial will each be selected for at least one Camrose match.
  4. The Selection Committee will take account of results from the National League, the first Camrose weekend and input from the captain, plus trial performance to inform their selection for the second Camrose weekend.


  1. These Conditions of Contest are supplemental to the General Conditions of Contest and are established by the Selection Committee ("Committee") of the Scottish Bridge Union.


  1. Stage 1 is open to pairs of good standing who are members of the SBU. Pairs entering should be serious in their intention to play international bridge. The Committee recommends that pairs looking to gain experience for the future should seek to form a team for the National League.
  2. Entries from pairs should be sent to the Secretary of the Committee, Ms Anne Perkins, 1B Forrester Park Grove, Edinburgh, EH12 9AL or by eMail. The closing date for entries is 31 July 2013. All entries will be acknowledged.
  3. The Committee reserves the right to accept late entries at its absolute discretion, but pairs entering after the closing date will notbe eligible for exemption.
  4. All pairs entering the Trials are expected to be available to play in all weekends relevant to them.
  5. The entry fee for each weekend of trials will not exceed £60 per pair.
  6. Pairs entering the Open Trials by the required date will be invited to play in either Stage 1 or granted an exemption to the first weekend of Stage 2 of the Final Trial.
  7. The following pairs, up to a maximum of eight, may receive exemption to the Final Trial. By priority:
    1. Camrose Trophy 2013 Pairs (Punch/Peterkin, Matheson/Sime, Stephens/Wilkinson, Spears/Barton)
    2. Scottish Cup Winners 2013 (Spears/Barton, Murdoch/Goodman)
    3. Gold Cup Semi-finalists 2012 (None)
    4. Winter 4s Winners 2013 (Spears/Barton)
    5. National League 2012-13 Play-off winners
    6. National League 2012-13 Play-off runners up
  8. A pair must have played at least 50% of the boards in the semifinal and final to be eligible for exemption through the 2012-2013 National League.
  9. If the number of entries are too few (or too many) to run all stages of the trial effectively the Committee reserves the right to change the format. This may include:
    • changing the format of Stage 1
    • limiting the number of pairs playing in the Final Trial
    • changing the number of exemptions


  1. Stage 1 of the Trial will be held on 31 August and 1 September 2013 at TBC.
  2. Stage 2A of the Final Trial will be held on 26-27 October 2013 at TBC
  3. Stage 2B of the Final Trial will be held on 23-24 November 2013 at TBC

Event Format

  1. Stage 1 will take place over a single weekend. Each pair will play against all other pairs. Scoring will be by cross-IMPs with a cap and a floor. The cap will be the minimum number of IMPs required for a maximum VP win had the relevant VP scale been used, and the floor will be the minimum number of negative IMPs required for a zero VP loss. These results will be published board by board and as totals. There will also be, for information only, a conversion of the total IMPs by a mathematical factor to give totals which can be more easily related to a head-to-head match format. Sufficient pairs will qualify to ensure 16 pairs in total in the Final Trial.
  2. The Final Trial will be played over two weekends with 16 boards played against each of the other pairs – scoring as in Stage 1.
  3. The Final Trial will be played with screens.
  4. The first Camrose weekend is 10-12 January 2014 in Wales.
  5. The second weekend is 7-9 March 2014 in Manchester, England.

Systems and Conventions

  1. The trials will be run as a Category 1 SBU competition.
  2. All Green, Red and Blue systems must be registered with the Committee seven days in advance of the first weekend.
  3. Where Yellow (HUM) Systems and/or Brown Sticker Conventions (BSCs) and treatments are played, full details must be provided to the other pairs (through the Committee) a full 14 days in advance. Any pair failing to provide adequate notification shall not be permitted to play the method.

Penalties and adjustments

  1. Any penalties and adjustments levied by the Director will be expressed in cross-IMPs, using conversion guidelines as shown in the EBU White Book.
  2. The standard adjustment is 2 cross-IMPs per comparison (i.e., in Stage 2 there will be fifteen comparison and the standard adjustment will be 30 cross-IMPs) [EBU White Book, paragraph 12.5].

Appeals Procedure

  1. An appeals panel duly constituted will consider any appeals.
  2. Any pair wishing to make an appeal against a Director's ruling should consult a neutral advisor prior to lodging their appeal. A list of names and telephone numbers will be available at each weekend.
  3. A deposit of £30 will be required if an appeal is made; this may not be refunded if the appeal is deemed to be without foundation (frivolous).


  1. Any notices to be given to, or communications for, the Committee should be emailed to the Secretary of the Committee.
  2. The Committee can be contacted here

Effective date: 30 June 2013