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WBF Updates:

The WBF have postponed the 2021 World Bridge Teams from 2021 to the end of February 2022. Refer announcement http://www.worldbridge.org/2021/05/08/cancellation-of-the-2021-world-championships/. Whilst this announcement uses the word cancellation it is essentially a postponement from Q4 2021 to Q1 2022. Details have not been provided.

The WBF have announced the 2022 World Bridge Series will be held in Wroclaw from 2nd to 17th September. The 2022 World Bridge Series | World Bridge Federation

The Tournament Committee (TC) has considered these changes and made to recommendations to the ABF Board (formerly MC) which were accepted.

Australian Team for Postponed World Teams Championship (Feb 2022)

The Board accepted the proposal from the TC that the current Australian teams' tenure be extended to the end of March 2022.

The TC and the Board noted there is still considerable uncertainty regarding the World Bridge Teams both, as to if they will be held, and if the ABF will be able to send representative teams. Any Board approval of travel and participation together with any offer to the teams will be considered closer to the proposed dates for events.

Playoffs:

The Board accepted the TC recommendation to hold playoffs for the 2022 Australian Teams as follows:

  • Open Playoff: A pairs event to be held in Canberra from 5th to 10th February 2022(1). Entry to the event to be to 12 pairs based on Open PQPs. The event will be concurrent with the Women's Playoff.
  • Women's Playoff: A pairs event to be held in Canberra from 5th to 10th February 2022(1). Entry to the event to be to 12 pairs based on Women's PQPs. The event will be concurrent with the Open Playoff.
  • Seniors Playoff: A pairs event to be held in Canberra from 2nd to 7th April 2022(1). Entry to the event to be to 12 pairs based on Seniors PQPs. The event will be concurrent with the Mixed Playoff.
  • Mixed Playoff: A pairs event to be held in Canberra from 2nd to 7th April 2022(1). Entry to the event to be to 12 pairs based on Mixed PQPs. The event will be concurrent with the Seniors Playoff.

(1) The dates are provisional only at this stage and are subject to change.

The decision to move to a Pairs based format is consistent with previous World Bridge Series Years.


Entry to all playoffs for the for 2022 Australian Teams will be based on PQPs.

Open, Women's and Seniors' PQPs: The 2020/2021 PQP awards period for the 2022 Playoffs begins with the 2019 Spring Nationals and ends with the 2021 Hans Rosendorff Women's Swiss Pairs. PQPs will be calculated by adding PQPs earned from the 2019 Spring Nationals until the 2020 Gold Coast Congress (inclusive) to any PQPs earned in advertised PQP events held during 2021 up to and including the 2021 Hans Rosendorff Women's Swiss Pairs.

Mixed PQPs: All entrants in the Mixed Playoff will need to have earned at least 1 Mixed PQP. Entry to the Playoff for the 2022 Australian Mixed Team will be based on Mixed PQPs awarded at the following 2021 events:

Autumn National Swiss Pairs - Mixed
VCC Swiss Pairs - Mixed
Zone 7 Playoffs
ANC Mixed Butler Pairs
Canberra in Bloom Mixed Teams
Spring National Mixed Teams

 • Purpose of the Playoffs

The primary purpose of the Playoffs is to select the Australian Women's, Senior and Mixed Teams for the next year. By entering either 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 Playoffs 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.

 • Format

Entry to the Open and Women's playoffs to be to 12 pairs based on Open and Women's PQPs.

 • Contacts

For further information contact Laurie Kelso and Matthew McManus