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2008 World Mind Sport Games
World Bridge Youth Games
WMSG National Youth Teams
Each and every member country of the World Bridge Federation is encouraged to enter one national team, consisting of 4, 5 or 6 players aged under 28 (i.e. born in 1980 or later), a non-playing captain and possibly one more team official.
The competition will be played as the former World Bridge Olympiad, i.e. with a qualifying stage, followed by a knock-out phase until the winners are determined.
A (national) Pairs competition and an Individual will follow (see below), in which all team members may participate.
In addition, newcomers from countries unable to field a team of four are also welcome to participate in the Youth Pairs or Individual Championships. Please note that ALL participants in any of these events must be under 28 years old (ie born in 1980 or later).
WMSG Youth Pairs
The Youth Pairs competition will be played in qualifying, semi-final and final stages. It is intended that pairs eliminated in the qualifying stage have a second chance to qualify to the final, through semi-final B.
Players from the WMSG Youth Teams who fail to qualify for the KO stages of that event are encouraged to participate in the Pairs. Note that partnerships must be national - transnational pairings will not be permitted.
However, if an NBO has been unable to send a team to play in the Youth Teams, they are encouraged to send a national pair to compete in the Pairs Championship. NBOs with teams participating in the Youth Teams event may not send additional Pairs to compete in this event.
As for the Youth Teams all players must be under 28 years old (i.e. born in 1980 or later)
WMSG Youth Individual
The Youth Individual competition will be played straight through in one stage. The format will be such that groups will be formed in accordance with the Swiss principle, to ensure that competitors meet with / play against players of similar level of ability.
Players from the WMSG Youth Teams who fail to qualify for the later KO stages of that event are encouraged to participate in the Individual Championship.
However, if an NBO has been unable to send either teams or pairs to the event, they are strongly encouraged to send an individual to take part in the Individual Championship. NBOs with teams participating in the Youth Teams event or Pairs playing in the Pairs event may not send additional individual players to compete in this event.
As for the other WSMG Youth events, all players must be under 28 years old (i.e. born in 1980 or later)
There are no entry fees for the
Youth Teams, Pairs or Individual Championships.
In addition, all youth competitors, captains and one other official per NBO will be offered free room and board in the media village apartments to encourage participation.
It is also possible that reduced or even free air fares may be available; more information about this will be published as soon as it is available.