• Purpose of the Playoff

The primary purpose of the Playoff is to select the Australian Open Team for the next year. By entering the Playoff, all players declare that they are available and intend to represent Australia in any Target Event/s if they qualify.

Participation and performance in the Playoff are also major criteria in deciding to whom the ABF offers the opportunity to represent Australia in any other (non-target) representative events that may arise in that year.

All players who enter the Playoff must be eligible to play for Australia as per the ABF's Eligibility to represent Australia Policy, and be eligible for any Target Events as per their eligibility codes.

 • Venue

Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon, ACT

 • Parking

The Rex has about 65 car parking spaces in the vicinity of the hotel available to guests and delegates, free of charge on a first come, first served basis. There are also long stay public car parks in Braddon and Civic and convenient public transport options to get to and from the Rex.

 • Accommodation

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AT THE REX. There are plenty of accommodation choices in the general vicinity of the Rex to suit all budgets. However, why bother when you can stay at the Rex itself for the excellent rate of $160 per night for one of their stylish King Rooms including complimentary buffet breakfast for two adults. If you want to upgrade to the luxury of a Crown Suite, why not ask the Rex for a quote. We have reserved sufficient rooms for all players. The Early Bird ends on 27 October 2017. When booking just say that you are with the Australian Bridge Federation Playoffs and quote SFOB11. Reservations: reservations@canberrarexhotel.com.au or Telephone: 02 6248 5311. Also, we have negotiated a 24-hour cancellation provision whereby if players cancel by 4pm for the following day they incur no financial penalty. This means players can book for the full five-day period and at most incur a one day penalty if they are eliminated after Stage 1 of the Playoff.

 • Format

The Format for the 2018 playoffs will be the same as was used for the 2014 playoffs.
  • qualification by pairs (ranked by PQPs)
  • up to 16 participants with byes if an odd number of pairs enter; and
  • two stages, stage I over three days, with field reduced from 16 to 10 pairs to stage II over 2 days with a carryforward from stage one.

 • Target

Currently there is no target event for 2018, since there is no World Championship or Asia Pacific event where we can send an Australian Representative Team. If a target event is identified, it will be announced before Playoff entries open. Successful participants in the Playoff may be offered the opportunity to participate in other events such as the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships at the Gold Coast in February 2018. Details will be posted as they become available.

 • Regulations

Supplementary Regulations will be posted here when they become available.

Any player or official who accepts a position in an international team is deemed to be aware of the International Representative Players' Charter and have accepted and agreed to abide by its contents.

International Representative Players' Charter

 • Contacts

Tournament Organiser
Jane Rasmussen
(02) 6239 2265
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Chief Tournament Director
Matthew McManus

For further information contact Laurie Kelso and Matthew McManus