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World Mind Games 2014: Lock Wits Over a Table and 52 Cards

10/14/2014

Here’s a quick explanation of the 3 disciplines making up the bridge tournament at the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014.

When it comes to card games, contract bridge is amongst the hardest to get an initiation into, and perhaps even harder to master. Which is why it is important to get a basic understanding of the different formats to play for at the World Mind Games 2014 in Beijing, where the best in the world shall lock their wits over a table and a deck of 52 cards.

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION

2013 champions

Men: Cezary Balicki (Poland)

Women: Cheri Bjerkan (USA)

This format tests the true mettle of a player as they have to outclass their opponent with alacrity, intelligence and great build-up play. Also, a player also has to ride the luck factor to overcome the disadvantage of being paired with a weaker player. In an individual movement each player competes against all (or most) other players. There is always only one winner in this type of competition.

In an individual event, each player is paired with a different partner in each round and each pair consists of a relatively experienced or skilled player, and a relatively inexperienced player.

PAIRS

2013 champions

Men: Monaco

Women: China

In a pairs game, each deal is played a number of times by different players, after which all the scores are compared. The scores for each round may be recorded on pickup slips collected during the event to enable the scorer to process the results before the end of the session, so that the results can be announced soon after the end of the session. The usual form of overall scoring for a pairs tournament is Matchpoint scoring. Every pair plays against a number of opposing pairs in successive rounds, depending on the size of the field. The tournament consists of a number of rounds. After each round, some or all of the players reseat themselves according to a prescribed movement, so that each pair opposes a different pair in each round; the boards are also moved. Typically around eight boards are played per hour, so a typical session will last 3 hours or slightly more.

TEAM

2013 champions

Men: Monaco

Women: China

In a team tournament, two pairs constitute a team. If there are just two teams, they compete using two tables and having one pair from each team seated at each table, in opposite directions. Depending on the number of teams competing and the structure of the tournament, a relatively larger number of boards may be played. Each of the two tables deals and plays half of the scheduled boards at the beginning of the match, and they're exchanged in the halftime. After each deal has been played twice, the scores per deal are compared, and a score is given depending on the net total score from the two times the deal was played.

All 3 disciplines will award a combined 6 medals to the participants. Here’s to some exciting action from a universal game!

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