CAMBS & HUNTS CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
INTER-CLUB LEAGUES for TEAMS of FOUR
The competition shall be conducted in accordance with the
- The League shall be called the Cambs & Hunts Contract
Bridge League. It will not be part of the official Cambs &
Hunts CBA competition programme. Accordingly ALL club members
(whether or not they are members of Cambs & Hunts CBA or the
EBU) are eligible to represent their club.
- The League shall be organised by a League Secretary
appointed by the Management Committee of the Association. All
correspondence relating to the conduct of the League,
including appeals, should be addressed to the League
- In view of the small expenditure to run the League no
entrance fee nor annual subscription shall be required of
member clubs. At the end of the season the Secretary shall
submit his expenses (which should be nominal - ie postage and
stationery) and these shall be reimbursed to him by the
- The League competition shall take place within the period
1st October to 30th April.
- No player shall represent a club unless he is a paid-up
member of that club and a member of more than one club shall
nominate his club for League matches at the beginning of the
season. No player may represent more than one club during the
season without the prior consent of the League Secretary which
will not be given if the player has played 2 or more games in
that season for his/her first club.
- Matches shall be of 24 boards, with a compulsory change of
opponents after 12 boards. They shall be scored in IMPs
converted to Victory Points according to the scale in the EBU
Supplement to the EBL Tournament Directors' Guide namely:
- It shall be the duty of the home team to inform the Secretary
as soon as possible of a match result by written note or
score-card signed by a member of each team showing the result
and the members of each team.
- If a club has to scratch a fixture the offending side will
score no VPs. The non-offending side shall be credited with a
win and, at the end of the season, be credited with a VP score
for the fixture being the highest of (a) the average VPs scored
by the non-offending side (b) the average VPs conceded by the
offending side and (c) 11 VPs.
- Generally, when a side requests a fixture to be postponed
owing to very bad weather or for mutual convenience, a new
fixture date shall be arranged. The fact that a side is unable
to raise its strongest team for a fixture would not justify a
postponement and if it is not possible to complete a match by
the end of the season rule 8 shall apply.
- Play and procedure shall be governed by the latest (1997)
edition of the "Laws of Duplicate Bridge" and such penalties as
are laid down in these Laws shall be exacted.
- The home club shall provide a Director for each fixture. The
Director may be a team member.
- Any complaint as to the decisions or conduct of a Director
shall be made to the Secretary.
- Convention cards shall be obligatory (attention is drawn to
the EBU requirement that both members of a partnership are
required to provide a convention card and have it available at
all times). Only systems and conventions having a Level 3
licence shall be played.
- The Secretary shall keep accurate records of the results and
will provide up-to-date information to any team making a
- Master points shall be awarded as follows:
- The awards per match won shall be 95 local points in
Division One, 81 in Division Two, 68 in Division Three and
54 in Division Four. Drawn matches (in terms of Victory
Points) count as a half win.
- The ranking awards (to be given to all players playing in
3 or more matches for the teams finishing first or second in
each division) shall be 190 and 95 local points in Division
One, 162 and 81 in Division Two, 136 and 68 in Division
Three and 108 and 54 in Division Four.
- The League shall be divided into divisions of not less than 6 nor
more than 9 teams in each division. Each team in a division shall
play each other team in that division once. Participating Clubs
shall nominate the teams to represent their Club in writing
addressed to the League Secretary by 1st September in each
year. Teams may consist of 4, 5 or 6 players of whom only 4 may play
in any particular match. A player nominated for one team of a
particular club may play for another team from that same club if
he/she has not already played for the original team and, with the
permission of the League Secretary (which will not be given in the
case of a request to play for a team in a lower division), may play
for another team from the same club, in order to fulfil a fixture on
the agreed date, notwithstanding that he/she has played 1 or more
matches for the original team.
- At the end of each season, the top two teams in each
division (other than Division One) shall be promoted and the
bottom two teams in each division (other than the lowest
division) shall be relegated. Further teams may be promoted
and/or relegated, at the discretion of the League Secretary,
in order to ensure, so far as possible, that the divisions for
the following season shall contain an equal number of
teams. If at the end of the season two or more teams are tied
(in terms of VPs) for top or bottom place in any division, the
tie shall be split first by considering the aggregate VPs
scored by each team in its matches against the other team(s)
involved in the tie and, if that does not split the tie, then
by considering the total IMPs scored by each team in all its
matches in that season.