About the 0-1K BIC Mini Championship

BIC, short for Bridge International Championship; is a worldwide online event taking place across several bridge platforms, in partnership with the World Bridge Federation.

The 0-1K BBO Points BIC Mini Championship is a side-event that can be played along the main Bridge International Championship, allowing less experienced players to participate in their own skill category.

Only players with less than 1,000 BBO Points (award symbol in profile lower than 10) can participate in this event.

0-1K BBO Points BIC Mini Championship – tournament features

There will be one 0-1K BIC Mini championship tournament available to play every day, from Monday, October 26, until Sunday, November 1st.

How to play

Login to Bridge Base Online – click on COMPETITIVE => ALL TOURNAMENTS and look for (0-1K BBO points) BIC Mini Championships

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”.


Play at least 4 of them to be listed on the BIC Mini Championship leaderboard!


Format for each daily session

  • Must have less than 1,000 BBO Points to be able to register (award symbol in profile lower than 10)
  • Matchpoints
  • 12 boards
  • 1 BB$ entry fee
  • Deal pools will be used for increased security

Prizes:

  • 1st place: 10 BB$ + 6 months BBO Prime subscription
  • 2nd place: 5 BB$ + 6 months BBO Prime subscription
  • 3rd place: 3 BB$ + 6 months BBO Prime subscription
  • 4th to 10 place: 1 BB$ + 3 months BBO Prime subscription for each

Good to know about this event

  • This is an individual tournament. All tables consists of a single human player, sitting South, with three robot players sitting in the other three seats. 
  • Each daily session lasts 24 hours: it starts at midnight US Eastern time and ends at midnight US Eastern the next day. You can register, play at your own pace, leave the table, then resume the game any time through the day, as long as you complete your boards before the tourney ends (at midnight).
  • This is a Best Hand tourney. You will always receive the hand with the most high-card points at the table or tied for the most high-card points. Best-hand is defined solely by high-card points and does not take into account hand pattern.
  • This tourney utilizes Human Declare: The human player declares for his robot partner when their side wins the contract.
  • Deal Pool will also be used: Not everyone will be dealt the same boards.

Results
Results will be sent to your BBO Mailbox the next day, after the tournament ends. You can also see a provisional leaderboard at any time in the list of Completed Tournaments, in Competitive All tournaments, after you have finished playing.

About the robots
The robots play a relatively simple and natural bidding system. During play, you can find out the meaning of any bid by clicking on that bid in the bidding diagram. When it’s your turn to bid, moving your mouse over the bid buttons will display an explanation of the bid you are considering (as your robot partner will understand it). These explanations can be somewhat cryptic, but reading them carefully before you bid will help you to avoid misunderstandings with your robot partner.

You can find out more about the robot’s bidding system by clicking here

About the 2020 BBO Bridge International Championship

BIC FAQ page