7. GOLD POINT TOURNAMENTS (other than Congresses)

7.1 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry to these competitions is limited to players who are registered with the ABF, or else are visitors from overseas.

7.2 NATIONAL (minor) CHAMPIONSHIPS - Grade A2

7.2.1 Open entry selection events

Grand National Open Teams (qualifying)   All States

7.2.2 Other open entry events

Australian Youth Teams Youth Canberra
Australian Youth Pairs Youth Canberra
Australian Restricted Teams Under Life Canberra
Novice Teams Under 150 Canberra
Super Novice Teams Under 20 Canberra
Super Novice Pairs Under 20 Canberra
Australian Life Master Teams Under Grand Canberra
Australian Mixed Teams Mixed Canberra
Friday Festival Teams Open Canberra
Chris Diment Pairs Open Canberra
Flighted Swiss Pairs Open Canberra
Weekend Matchpoint Swiss Pairs Open Gold Coast
Monday Swiss Butler Pairs Open Gold Coast
Seres McMahon Mixed Teams Mixed Gold Coast
Gold Coast Intermediate Teams Under 700 Gold Coast
Gold Coast Restricted Teams Under Life Gold Coast
Gold Coast Restricted Pairs Under Life Gold Coast
Gold Coast Restricted Swiss Pairs Under Life Gold Coast
Under 50 Masterpoint Pairs Under 50 Gold Coast
Rookie Pairs Under 10 Gold Coast
ANOT Restricted Swiss Pairs Under Life Adelaide
ANOT Restricted Swiss Teams Under Life Adelaide
VCC Restricted Swiss Pairs Under Life Melbourne
Charlie Snashall Restricted Swiss Teams Under Life Melbourne
Tasmanian Restricted Swiss Pairs Under Life Tasmania
ANC Swiss Pairs Open ANC
Australian Butler Novice Pairs Under Life ANC
Territory Gold Teams Open Nthn Territory
Territory Gold Pairs Open Nthn Territory

 

7.3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Grade A

7.3.1 National Play-offs

Australian Teams Selection - Open/Women/Seniors/Youth

7.3.2 Closed Championships (following pre-selection)

National Open TeamsOpenCanberra
Australian Butler Pairs, stage 2 Open/Women/SeniorsANC
Interstate TeamsOpen/Women/Youth/SeniorsANC
Interstate PairsOpen/Women/Mixed/Seniors/YouthANC
Grand National Open Teams (final stage)  Tweed Heads

7.3.3 Open Entry Championships

National Womenís Teams Women Canberra
Australian Seniorsí Teams Seniors Canberra
National Swiss Pairs Open Canberra
South West Pacific Teams Open Canberra
Gold Coast Teams Open Gold Coast
Gold Coast Seniorsí Teams Seniors Gold Coast
Gold Coast Pairs Open Gold Coast
Gold Coast Swiss Pairs Open Gold Coast
Gold Coast Seniorsí Pairs Seniors Gold Coast
ANOT Open Pairs Open Adelaide
Autumn National Seniorsí Swiss Pairs Seniors Adelaide
Autumn National Women's Swiss Pairs Women Adelaide
Autumn National Open Teams Open Adelaide
Victor Champion Cup Teams Open Melbourne
McCance Seniorsí Teams Seniors Melbourne
Australian Butler Pairs, stage I Open/Women/Seniors ANC
Territory Gold Swiss Pairs Open Northern Territory
Hans Rosendorff Memorial Teams Women Perth
Western Seniorsí Pairs Seniors Perth
Swan River Swiss Pairs Open Perth
Manzoni Women's Swiss Teams Women Sydney
Australian Swiss Pairs Open Tasmania
Roger Penny Seniors' Swiss Pairs Seniors Tasmania
R J Cummings Pairs Open Sydney
Bobby Evans Seniorsí Swiss Teams Seniors Sydney
Spring National Open Teams Open Sydney
Spring National Womenís Teams Women Sydney

7.4 GOLD POINT CONGRESSES Grade A2 (previously A3)

ANOT Consolation TeamsOpenAdelaide
Barrier Reef Swiss TeamsOpenNth Queensland
Barrier Reef Swiss PairsOpenNth Queensland
VCC Open PairsOpenMelbourne
Coffs Coast Congress OpenCoffs Harbour
Hans Rosendorff Swiss PairsMenPerth
Golden West Swiss Pairs OpenPerth

7.5 MASTERPOINTING NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

7.5.1 Grade A2 tournaments

Grade A2 events are masterpointed in the standard manner (allowing for the grade weighting of 5.0), following the procedure described in clause 5.4.1 for grade A2 Congresses. The Goldpoint Coordinator, as the officer responsible for issuing all gold point credits (apart from those issued in GNOT qualifying rounds) must approve and then authorize the masterpoint calculations .

7.5.2 Grade A tournaments

Grade A events, as listed in clause 7.3.3, are masterpointed as above, allowing for the grade weighting of 10.0. Grade A events listed in clauses 7.3.1 and 7.3.2 (with the exception of the GNOT) receive a table amplification factor, to compensate for the fact that the field is limited in numbers due to the preceding selection process. Whenever this factor applies, the outright award (but not the session awards) is based on the amplified number of tables. Details of the events affected by the above rule are given in the following clauses 7.5.3 to 7.5.8 inclusive.

7.5.3 National Play-offs

Masterpoints are awarded for the National Play-offs. Session awards are standard for the grade (0.08 gold point per board), and increase to 0.12 gold point per board when the field is, or is reduced to, 4 teams or less. These awards should be reduced by 25% for Women's Senior's and Youth events. When matches are played in a number of segments, session awards are given per segment (and not the whole match) provided the segments are not shorter than 12 boards. Therefore, when a 60 board final is played in 6x10 board segments, it will be treated as three 20 board matches. A table amplification factor of 3 applies, hence the outright awards are given to all participants (one third of the amplified field). These awards are based on the number of 24 board sessions actually played by the teams under consideration.

7.5.4 Australian Butler Pairs

Stage 1 receives session awards at grade A level.
Stage 2 is the final round of the grade A event proper. Consequently, session awards increase to 0.12 gold point per board.
Outright awards are based on the number of tables in stage 1 and the number of 24 board sessions played in stages 1 and 2 together.

7.5.5 Interstate Teams Championships

Session awards are 0.08 gold point per board, increasing to 0.12 gold point per board for the finals. Outright awards, based on a table amplification factor of 3, are calculated as described in clause 7.5.3.

7.5.6 Interstate Pairs Championship

Session awards are standard for the grade (based on the actual size of the field). Outright awards, based on a table amplification factor of 1.5, are given to the top three quarters of the actual field (one half of the amplified field).

7.5.7 Grand National Open Teams

Qualifying rounds (played in all States) receive session awards at grade A2 level (0.04 gold point per board), increasing to 0.06 gold point per board for State or Regional finals, provided that such finals are of at least three sessions duration, with not less than 10 teams (each qualifying via club heats) participating. These awards apply for matches of 5 or more boards. Masterpointing of the qualifying rounds is the responsibility of the State Masterpoint Secretaries - the supervision of the Goldpoint Coordinator is not required. The National preliminary rounds receive session awards at grade A level: 0.08 gold point per board, increasing to 0.12 gold point per board for the finals, defined as the point at which the number of tables drops to 8 or less.

Qualifying events, where the winners do not directly qualify for the National Finals, are not eligible for final placing awards, only the Grade A2 session awards.

Qualifying events, where the winners go directly to the National Finals, are entitled to final placing awards. The awards, at the A2 rate, are calculated ignoring prior qualifying events, e.g. club qualifying sessions for a Regional final, T equals the number of tables in that final, while S equals the number of sessions of that event.

Outright awards for the National final are based on the number of tables in the National preliminary, are calculated as described in clause 7.5.3, and then given to all players who reached the National preliminary qualifying stage.

7.5.8 National Open Teams

Participation in this event is restricted to "N" Teams (number selected by the ABF depending on the size of the initial field) which finished at the top of the field, or fields, in the South West Pacific Teams Championship. Session awards are 0.12 gold point per board (50% premium applied).
Outright awards, based on a table amplification factor of 3, calculated as described in clause 7.4.3, are given to the entire field.