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Sarim Bridge Bowl - Everything Thread MD1: 8th July

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Sarim Bridge Bowl - Everything Thread MD1: 8th July

Postby PotatoFarmers » Sat May 21, 2022 6:44 am

What is this Tournament about?
The inaugural Sarim Bowl is a contract bridge tournament for national teams. National teams, comprising of 3 pairs of players (and a non-playing coach), will compete each other in duplicate team bridge, and compete for the Sarim Bowl title. The format of this tournament is largely modeled after the Bermuda Bowl, which is a competition between national teams with no age or gender restrictions.

Format
Teams will compete against each other in a single double group round-robin format. Depending on the number of signups, each scorination will comprise of 2-3 matches in one go, with the top 8 4 teams entering a quarterfinals, semifinals and then finals. ICly, each match will comprise of 16 boards, played over a 2 hour period (officially 7.5 minutes per board), with the IMPs translated to a victory point scale. The Victory Points will then be collated and tabulated into an overall table.

Scorination
Scorination will be done using xkoronate, with a modified chess file generating Victory Points (instead of IMPs) margin between 2 teams.

Entry Rules
Nations will be allowed to submit one main entry and a puppet nation. Such a puppet must be declared as such.

Roleplay Guides
There is no requirements that the roleplay be bridge related. Roleplays about any topics under the sun is acceptable, though a small additional bonus will be provided for RPs that have interactions between participant nations.

Experience
I have hosted a World Lacrosse Championship, a Sepak Takraw World Cup, an Independent Associations Championship (IAC) - football tournament, a Melayu Archipelago Cup (MAC) - football tournament, and a few domestic football competitions as part of the IFCF.

Feel free to sign up below or ask any questions.

Signups
1. Poafmersia (Host Information & Roster)
2. Græntfjall
3. Gortolekua
4. Delaclava
5. Sarzonia
6. StrayaRoos
7. Kriegiersien

Cutoff Dates
By convention, the first listed team sits at North/South pairing at Sector A, second listed team sits at North/South pairing at Sector B.
Cutoff Timing: 2-3pm UTC time.

8th July (Fri): Round 1 & 2 (2 v 7, 3 v 6, 4 v 5, 1 bye / 1 v 2, 7 v 3, 6 v 4, 5 bye)
10th July (Sun): Round 3 & 4 (3 v 1, 4 v 7, 5 v 6, 2 bye / 1 v 4, 2 v 3, 5 v 7, 6 bye)
12th July (Tue): Round 5 & 6 (4 v 2, 5 v 1, 6 v 7, 3 bye / 1 v 6, 2 v 5, 3 v 4, 7 bye)
14th July (Thur): Round 7 & 8 (5 v 3, 6 v 2, 7 v 1, 4 bye / 7 v 2, 6 v 3, 5 v 4, 1 bye)
16th July (Sat): Round 9 & 10 (2 v 1, 3 v 7, 4 v 6, 5 bye / 1 v 3, 7 v 4, 6 v 5, 2 bye)
18th July (Mon): Round 11 & 12 (4 v 1, 3 v 2, 7 v 5, 6 bye / 2 v 4, 1 v 5, 7 v 6, 3 bye)
20th July (Wed): Round 13 & 14 (6 v 1, 5 v 2, 4 v 3, 7 bye / 3 v 5, 2 v 6, 1 v 7, 4 bye)
22nd July (Fri): Semifinals (1st vs 4th, 2nd vs 3rd)
24th July (Sun): Finals & 3PPO
Last edited by PotatoFarmers on Wed Jul 06, 2022 7:00 am, edited 7 times in total.
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Postby Graintfjall » Sat May 21, 2022 7:21 am

We sign up.
Solo: IBC30, WCoH42, HWC25, U18WC16
Co-host: CR36, BoF74, CoH80, BoF77, WC91
Champions: BoF73, CoH80, U18WC15, DBC52, WC91
Co-champions of the first and second Elephant Chess Cups with Bollonich
Runners-up: DBC49, EC10, HWC25
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Postby PotatoFarmers » Sat May 28, 2022 6:04 am

Bumping this to check interest
IC Name: The People's Republic of Poafmersia (Trigram: PFA)
IC Flag: Refer to my flag with my IC nation Poafmersia, though that nation's RP will be done with this account.

David Jossiah Beckingham, Chairman of Poafmersia's World Assembly Board (and officially the main representative to the WA)

Citizen of The North Pacific
Ambassador to Europe.
Speaker, The North Pacific

Sportswire. Achievements: BoF 71 Bronze; IAC X and IAC XI Champions
WCC Football (Post-WC90) - 31st, with 22.89, Style: +3.14159
Get the latest from WCQ91 here: https://bit.ly/NSSWCQ91

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Postby Gortolekua » Sat May 28, 2022 6:07 am

Let’s roll.
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Capital: Seinät | Population: 53.7 million | Demonym: Gortoleki | Region: Anaia | Trigram: GTK
Honors: 3rd, Baptism of Fire 78
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Postby Delaclava » Sat May 28, 2022 6:24 am

Yes.
2x WORLD BOWL CHAMPIONS (13 & 15) ~~ Current World #1 in American Football
Champions of World Team Tennis Championship 2 and 3, World Cup of Masters III, Atlantian Oceania Bowl 5, Quidditch World Cup 2, Baptism of Iron 2
2nd: World Bowl 11, International Basketball Championship 31, World Junior Hockey Championships 16 and 17, AO Hockey Championship 7, AO Basketball Championship 5, World Lacrosse Championship 16, AO Baseball Series 3
3rd: World Bowl 41, 42, 43, and 44; World Cup of Hockey 16, AO Basketball Championship 6 and 7, Di Bradini Cup 15
4th: Baptism of Fire 34

Hosts of World Cup 55, Cup of Harmony 44 and 46, Baptism of Fire 72; World Bowl 11, 15, 39, and 43; IBC 7 and 31; AOCAF 31; WJHC 16; etc.
Founder of Scott Cup and World Team Tennis Championship.

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Postby Sarzonia » Sat May 28, 2022 7:36 am

Hey if Del's doing this, why not me too?
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Postby StrayaRoos » Sat May 28, 2022 2:58 pm

Sure
СтраяРус ❤️ Україна
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Volleyball:19th
Test Cricket:28th
Football:95th
Baseball:39th
Handball:38th
Basketball:52nd

94:26/29 23pts
95:26/27 26pts
96:26/34 56pts
98:27/31 24pts
99:25/38 35pts (for now)

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Postby PotatoFarmers » Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:42 am

Sorry for not responding to this earlier, some RL matters caught up with me. With the timeline to the end of CoH and everything more clearer, I will set a hard deadline of the 11.59pm of 26th June Eastern Time. After that, I will convert this thread to an Everything thread (or open a new one if there are a lot more signups) and then set a starting date of 1st July in the morning of Eastern Time.
IC Name: The People's Republic of Poafmersia (Trigram: PFA)
IC Flag: Refer to my flag with my IC nation Poafmersia, though that nation's RP will be done with this account.

David Jossiah Beckingham, Chairman of Poafmersia's World Assembly Board (and officially the main representative to the WA)

Citizen of The North Pacific
Ambassador to Europe.
Speaker, The North Pacific

Sportswire. Achievements: BoF 71 Bronze; IAC X and IAC XI Champions
WCC Football (Post-WC90) - 31st, with 22.89, Style: +3.14159
Get the latest from WCQ91 here: https://bit.ly/NSSWCQ91

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Postby Kriegiersien » Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:55 am

Let's try this bridge building simulator.

Oh, it is about cards? Yeah, that's ok, too.

In.

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Postby PotatoFarmers » Fri Jul 01, 2022 10:51 pm

Sorry for the 1 week delay. As we have 7 signups, the following changes will be made to the format:

1. The format will switch to a double round robin instead of a single round robin.
2. The format will now have the top 4 teams in semifinals instead of having a preliminary quarterfinals.


This thread will be used as an everything thread. Home information will be edited into OP asap. First day of cutoff will be next Wednesday, at 2-3pm UTC time.
IC Name: The People's Republic of Poafmersia (Trigram: PFA)
IC Flag: Refer to my flag with my IC nation Poafmersia, though that nation's RP will be done with this account.

David Jossiah Beckingham, Chairman of Poafmersia's World Assembly Board (and officially the main representative to the WA)

Citizen of The North Pacific
Ambassador to Europe.
Speaker, The North Pacific

Sportswire. Achievements: BoF 71 Bronze; IAC X and IAC XI Champions
WCC Football (Post-WC90) - 31st, with 22.89, Style: +3.14159
Get the latest from WCQ91 here: https://bit.ly/NSSWCQ91

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Postby Delaclava » Sat Jul 02, 2022 10:36 am

Sarim Bridge Bowl - Delaclava team

David Campbell, 38, from Selma, a suburb of Mariana
Maya Christiansen, 42, from Sindsyge
Grady Fisher, 51, from Monticello, a suburb of Mariana

Coach: Edward Bakke, 68, from Lake Riata, a village 100 miles south of Catherina
2x WORLD BOWL CHAMPIONS (13 & 15) ~~ Current World #1 in American Football
Champions of World Team Tennis Championship 2 and 3, World Cup of Masters III, Atlantian Oceania Bowl 5, Quidditch World Cup 2, Baptism of Iron 2
2nd: World Bowl 11, International Basketball Championship 31, World Junior Hockey Championships 16 and 17, AO Hockey Championship 7, AO Basketball Championship 5, World Lacrosse Championship 16, AO Baseball Series 3
3rd: World Bowl 41, 42, 43, and 44; World Cup of Hockey 16, AO Basketball Championship 6 and 7, Di Bradini Cup 15
4th: Baptism of Fire 34

Hosts of World Cup 55, Cup of Harmony 44 and 46, Baptism of Fire 72; World Bowl 11, 15, 39, and 43; IBC 7 and 31; AOCAF 31; WJHC 16; etc.
Founder of Scott Cup and World Team Tennis Championship.

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Postby Kriegiersien » Tue Jul 05, 2022 4:58 am

Kriegiersien Bridge team


Hubertus Schimmel
Chess Grandmaster who likes all sorts of games that don't need too much moving

'Lord' Dars Veder
New rich Nobility, who claims that his family invented the Burger. Also Golf champion.

Bob Builder
Who missunderstood this as a bridge builder contest but still qualified

Coach:
Barbara Button
Estate Agent and Bridge fanatic

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Postby PotatoFarmers » Wed Jul 06, 2022 6:59 am

Host Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first cutoff will be delayed till this Friday. This will also allow time for participants to submit their respective RPs based on the IC information & my sample roster as provided below.

Inaugural Sarim Bridge Bowl - Host Information

Welcome to Poafmersia! The Ministry of Business and Trade (MBT), through the Poafmersian Tourism Board (PTB), has published various guides to Poafmersia, giving visitors from around the multiverse some information about the Poafmersian culture, heritage, and a guide to the various states and major cities in Poafmersia. The guides are often never exhaustive, and depending on the group of visitors and their purposes, PTB often customise these guides to allow them to be more informed prior to the nation of Poafmersia. In conjunction with the Ministry of Arts, Sports and Culture (MASC), the PTB has published this version of the sports guide - for fans and visiting teams coming to Poafmersia for the Sarim Bridge Bowl.


All about Poafmersia
Poafmersia is a really huge country located in The North Pacific, with a size of 1.78 million square kilometers. Home to approximately 650 million residents, the country is well known for its really idealistic policies and governance system. Many Poafmers consider the nation to be at the forefront of "pioneering government policies", ranging from her environmental policies, her system of governance, as well as building a multicultural society. Even though the majority belong to the Jaffan race, Poafmersia is home to 27 ethnicities in total, according to government estimates. The true proportion of the ethnic groups, however, is not official tracked, under the "Ethnic Protection Act" which forbids collection of data related to ethnicity.

Transportation
Many visitors may find themselves unused to the transportation system in Poafmersia. The nation's emphasis on environmental protection has made public transport the main method of transport for Poafmers and visitors alike. While there are inter-city roads that are open for private vehicles, these vehicles are not allowed with many city limits, including Trimidau Island, City of Mancodas, City of Dalaris, Fiskadaha City, and Holhot, among other places. For small groups who require personalised transport, they would typically charter minibuses or electric taxis, which are readily available in big cities. Otherwise, the rail system or the public buses is the main method of travel.

Between cities, there are inter-city railways, as well as cross-state buses, that allow for travel from one side of the country to other. For smaller counties and townships, there are also shuttle train and bus services that serve these areas. Because such places may be out of the place and may not be as well connected, residents in these places may be more likely to own private vehicles. There are rules and regulations in place governing the ownership of these vehicles, as well as the type of vehicles. Many major inter-city railways have express tracks for express services, that would allow for quicker travel alternatives. There are also 4 high-speed rail services that serve different parts of the country, namely the Mancodas-Fiskadaha Express (between Mancodas and Fiskadaha City); the Trimidau-Dalaris Rail (between City of Dalaris and Trimidau Island); the Holhot-Fiskadaha Line (between Fiskadaha City and Holhot, with selected stops at major cities such as Sarim, Jackinson and Paishi-jak); and the North-South Railway (starting at Madaris, stopping in the outer limits of Greater Mancodas, Fiskadaha City, before moving on to Georgetown, on the inner limits of the City of Dalaris).

Culture
Poafmersia is very welcoming to foreign visitors who are exploring the country. The people's openness to visitors was something that couldn't be taken for granted a decade ago - when Poafmersia was largely isolationist. Sports has been a major avenue where Poafmers have gained exposure to foreign nations, especially in football, which is the most popular and successful sport in Poafmersia. Other major sports include volleyball, hockey (both field and ice hockey), badminton and aquatics, though the skill level of the sportsmen largely varies.

In Poafmersia, racial and gender stereotypes are frowned upon. In many sports, men and women co-exist in national leagues, and gender neutral terms are largely preferred. As such, conversations that crosses the racial and gender lines will probably get you into trouble, so visitors should be careful of that. Care for the environment is something that is extremely unique in Poafmersia. Visitors in hotel rooms would be expected to sort out their waste between recyclables and non-recyclables. At restaurants and dining places, food wastes are chargeable, and diners are reminded to request for smaller portions if necessary. The country has largely eliminated use of plastic cups, cutlery and bags. At shopping malls, people bring recyclable bags or buy paper bags; at drink stalls, people bring their own bottles and tumblers. Visitors to Poafmersia are also expected to abide by these environmentally-friendly guidelines, and there are reminder announcements played at major ports of entry.

Host Location - Sarim Convention Centre (SCC), Sarim, Tikahs
Tikahs, the center of Poafmersia, home to Fiskadaha City, the capital of Poafmersia, is also the main financial hub of Poafmersia. This state is the most developed state in Poafmersia. Home of many developments, many financial headquarters, and offices. Tourists would mainly want to come to Tikahs for the amusement parks, the casinos. Businessman would come for Tikahs' numerous conventions, the various business meetings. It is also the main entry point into Poafmersia (through the Fiskadaha International Airport).

The tournament will be held at Sarim Convention Centre, which is also the typical host venue for the large-scale domestic bridge tournaments. Located 90 minutes by bus from Fiskadaha International Airport and 3 hours from the main city centre, Sarim Convention Centre is one of the 2 main MICE event locations in Poafmersia (the other being the smaller Mancodas Exhibition Centre), with Poafmersia aiming to use these 2 locations to set up a MICE tourism sector in the country. Sarim Convention Centre is part of the biggest tourist complex in the city, comprising of the Shoppes @ SCC (a shopping mall focusing on luxurious goods), the 4,500-room Jefferson Hotel, as well as the Goldlocks Casino. Sarim is also where the biggest belt of casinos are located in the country, so to Poafmers, having professional players play bridge in SCC is widely seen as a "peaceful gambling" option when compared to the chaos in the casinos. :rofl:

For visitors who are interested in watching (kibitzing) the games, they will be replayed live online at bridgesim.pf, an online site developed by the PBCA for players to play bridge online.

About Contract Bridge in Poafmersia
Membership in the Poafmersian Contract Bridge Association (PCBA) has risen by tenfold over the past 3 years, with the number of full members at a staggering 17 thousand members as at last count. This has led to the formation of city-based sub-associations. At the last PCBA Extraordinary General Meeting, there was also a plan approved for a nation-wide Poafmersian Bridge League to replace the annual Jefferson Bridge Cup, named after Harley Jefferson, the late founder of PCBA who started the sport in the country 2 decades ago. This Poafmersian Bridge League would allow for multiple smaller tournaments and more frequent league games to help the players practice their bridge skills.


Poafmersian Team Roster
For participation in the Sarim Bridge Bowl, it was taken from a selection camp comprising the top 3 teams in the 16th edition of the Jefferson Bridge Cup. A team comprising 3 pairs of players and a non-playing coach was selected as the Poafmersian representatives in this tournament.

Partnership 1: John Hopkins, 28/Sarah Hopkins, 28
The Hopkins twins are four-time winners of the mixed pairs category in the Jefferson Bridge Cup, even clinching the overall top spot in the matchpoint pairs tournament at the 15th edition of the Jefferson Bridge Cup. They are widely considered as the masters of the Strong Club bidding system in the country, having done extensive research into how to modify the widely-played Precision system to counteract against aggressive pre-empts and awkward minor suit bids. Though their exact system is not well documented, they did release a "lite version" of their bidding system document for reference.

Partnership 2: Mark Heckerin, 28/Johnathan Sandsworth, 27
Best buddies since college, they were introduced to bridge in college by their fellow friends. To climb all the way to the top of the playing field was not something that expected when they started 8 years ago. But after pulling a series of shock results against many top pairs, their partnership came into the limelight. Heckerin is widely known for his card play skills - especially when identifying the trick know as "the squeeze". Sandsworth, on the other hand, is well known for inventing the Sandsworth transfer system - a system which involves transfer overcalls in competitive play. Apart from that, they mainly play a standard 2/1 bidding system.

Partnership 3: Joe Dickson, 56/Biden Ryklian, 54
Dickson and Ryklian is considered a pair of the "old guards" - the close friends are one of the 5 pairs across the nation that have participated in every edition of the Jefferson Bridge Club. Which also explains their rather conservative play style - they always joke that they are unsuited to play matchpoints against the really aggressive "younger generation". However, in an IMPs team format, you can count on the two for their stability - typically they won't make big mistakes that cost the team big swings, but against equal level opponents, they might not always be able to squeeze out that one or two overtricks that you would need to get that 1 IMP. Typically, that isn't much of a problem. And their understanding of each other's bidding habits often negates those overtricks in games, since they survive hugely competitive auctions really well. They mainly play a standard 2/1 bidding system, without much frills.

Non-playing Coach: Sandra Handris, 41
She wanted to participate in the tournament, but her husband, who happens to be her main bridge partner, has work commitments. Nevertheless, she took up the role as the non-playing coach for the team. Her strong instincts during defence made her one of the more feared opponents in the Poafmersian bridge scene, as any declarer mistakes would be quickly caught by her with the correct tricks. She is a strong advocate of bridge tempo, utilising the entire notion of tempo to disrupt the opponent's card play and thought process. Maybe it also relates to her job as a counsellor and psychologist by profession.

RP Permissions
Select Partnership Positions: Y
Godmod game events: Y
RP other events: Y
Godmod other events: Ask permission about major events to my players & country. A coronavirus does not exist in any form in Poafmersia or on Poafmers. Apart from that, for minor events, yes.
Last edited by PotatoFarmers on Wed Jul 06, 2022 7:06 am, edited 1 time in total.
IC Name: The People's Republic of Poafmersia (Trigram: PFA)
IC Flag: Refer to my flag with my IC nation Poafmersia, though that nation's RP will be done with this account.

David Jossiah Beckingham, Chairman of Poafmersia's World Assembly Board (and officially the main representative to the WA)

Citizen of The North Pacific
Ambassador to Europe.
Speaker, The North Pacific

Sportswire. Achievements: BoF 71 Bronze; IAC X and IAC XI Champions
WCC Football (Post-WC90) - 31st, with 22.89, Style: +3.14159
Get the latest from WCQ91 here: https://bit.ly/NSSWCQ91


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