Duplicate bridge is scored by a comparative method whereby players form partnerships sitting either in a North-South direction or an East West direction. Each N/S pair plays two hands against each of the E/W pairs in a series of 9 or more tables. When playing to a trick, the cards are not co-mingled but placed individually on the table in front of each player. When it is determined who wins the trick, each player places his card trick face down in a vertical or horizontal direction indicating a trick won or lost. After playing each hand against an E/W pair, the hand is replaced in a “duplicate board” to maintain the same cards for play by other N/S and E/W pairs. The duplicate boards are then passed to the next lower numbered table and the E/W pair moves to the next higher numbered table and they play the next two boards against that opponent. After each round the scores of that round are collected and at the end of the tournament, the scores are matched to determine which N/S pair has the highest total match points and the remaining partnerships are ranked accordingly. The N/S pairs earn one (1) match point for each hand on which they score better than the other N/S players, one half (1/2) match point for ties and (0) match points for hands on which they score less points. The pairs sitting E/W are scored in the same fashion competing against each of the other E/W pairs in the tournament. At the end of the tournament the match points for each partnership on each hand are added up and they are ranked accordingly. Winners of each section win a trophy as well as 50 RYBAP achievement points. The next highest ranking down to 3rd, 4th or 5th place earn a descending amount of RYBAP Achievement Points.
An estimated 100 Students will be competing in this tournament and those that have selected a regular pairs event shall be competing also for ACBL Master Points, a means by which that body designates its member’s achievement in competition. The first ranking is “Club Master” (20 Master Points) and the highest is “Grand Life Master (25,000 Master Points). Needless to say the Grand Life Master has only a few dozen members out of almost 200,000 ACBL members.
Following the Tournament, a light lunch is being served and the winners announced. Parents or friends are welcome and may sit at any of the tables observing the play as long as they follow the Kibitzing rules that forbid any suggestions, hand signals or other disturbing commentary .