What is the BIC?
BIC, short for Bridge International Championship; is a worldwide online event taking place across several bridge platforms, in partnership with the World Bridge Federation. Ranked players will be awarded both WBF and BBO points. Click here to read everything about the first Bridge International Championship.
Your IP address will determine which country you represent (for example, Garozzo will represent the USA if he’s in the USA). If your country doesn’t have at least 10 players, you’ll represent the “Rest of World”.
What are the dates?
Qualifiers: Monday 26th to Thursday 29th of October
Finals: Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November
There’s no need to pre-register for this event. You can start playing at any time during the qualification phase.
What’s the format of the qualifiers?
There’ll be 100 qualifier (daylong style) tournaments available to play over four days.
Each BIC tournament will be an individual tournament with robots — 12 boards, matchpoints scoring, using multiple pools of deals for increased security (this means not everyone will play the same boards).
You will need to have played a minimum of 10 BIC tournaments and achieve an average of 55% or higher on your top 10 scores to progress to the finals. You can play more to improve your average score.
Free BIC Practice tournaments are available on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October
What’s the format of the finals?
On Saturday and Sunday, there’ll be 6 BIC Tournaments (daylong style) available to play, with free entry, restricted to the players who have qualified in the previous phase. Your best 4 scores will count towards your overall ranking. Finish top and you’ll be named the first-ever BBO BIC International Champion!
How do I register?
There’s no need to pre-register for this event. You can start playing at any time during the qualification phase. Each tournament can be played for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight US Eastern time. To start playing, pick any BIC tournament, click on it, and then click on the ‘Register’ button. You can play at any time within that 24 hour period. You don’t have to play each tournament in one go – you can stop if you need to, and resume later.
We’ve made a video on how to participate.
How much will it cost to play?
Each BIC Qualifier game costs 3 BB$. You will need BB$ in your account to pay the entry fees. Click here to buy BB$.
Your best 10 scores will count towards your ranking. Therefore you only need 10 games to try and qualify for the final. You can of course play more games if you like. If your average score is 55% or higher, you’ll move to the final phase.
Tournaments in the final phase are free to enter for those who have made the cut.
What are the prizes?
- 1st place: ‘BBO BIC International Champion’ title + 230 BB$ + 6 months subscription to BBO Prime
- 2nd: 150 BB$ + 6 months BBO Prime
- 3rd: 80 BB$ + 6 months BBO Prime
- 4th to 10th: 10 BB$ + 1 month BBO Prime
- 11th to 50: 5 BB$ + 1 month BBO Prime
- 51st to 100: 3 BB$ + 1 month BBO Prime
- 101st to 150: 1 BB$
BIC Country Prizes – 10 players minimum needed to represent a country
- 1st place: ‘BBO BIC Champion – Country’ title + 50 BB$ + 3 months subscription to BBO Prime
- 2nd: 40 BB$ + 3 months BBO Prime
- 3rd: 30 BB$ + 3 months BBO Prime
Ranked players will also be awarded WBF points. (BIC results will be reported to the WBF, which will award points according to its rules.)
What if I don’t have time to play in the BIC?
The BIC Transnational Survivor is a 7-day side-game starting Monday and ending on Sunday. You have to play one session a day (daylong style, Matchpoints, 18 boards) to move forward to the next day. Entry fee is 3 BB$ and there will be BB$ rewards. You must register on Monday.
Can I play if I’m a beginner?
Anyone can take part in the BIC, but you can play in our BIC Mini Championships if you prefer. There is a BIC Mini Championship for players with less than 100 BBO points and another Mini Championship for players with less than 1000 BBO Points. These one session a day games (daylong style, Matchpoints scoring, 12 boards) will take place from Monday to Sunday. They will cost 1 BB$ per session and will have BB$ rewards.
How should I prepare for the tournament?
You’ll be playing against Robots during the tournament so it will make sense to understand how to play against them. Here’s a video with tips to help:
It will also be a good idea to work on your declarer skills. The award-winning Bridge Master software is the best way to improve. In game you can click on ‘Practice’, then ‘Bridge Master’ to hone your declarer skills and train for the BIC. Or you can play it anonymously, by clicking here.