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USBF to hold Pairs Trials on BBO for World Youth Championship in Turkey

The USBF has scheduled a 3-session Pairs Trials to select 6 pairs to represent the US in the first World Youth Championship in a subsidized trip to Turkey August 15-23.

The Pairs Trials will be held on May 16 & 17, starting at 1:00 PM EDT each day. There will be two sessions of matchpoint qualifying and a one session final. There is no entry fee to participate. To enter, players born in 1984 or later should go to www.usbf.org and log in (players who have not yet registered on the USBF website must first register). After a player has logged in, he or she can click on “Enter Trials for Turkey” under the User Menu and fill in the names of the player and partner. Entries close on May 8th.

This is the first time an online Trials has been used to choose a US international team. Because of the nature of play online, the USBF has implemented several security measures. No kibitzing will be allowed. Each player will be required to have a monitor who will verify that the player did not use any external devices to communicate with others or to assist with bidding or play. After the Trials, the hands will be reviewed by a 3 person expert committee to determine whether any player or pair has engaged in a pattern of bidding or play that suggests collusion of any kind. If the committee determines that such activity has taken place, that pair will be eliminated and scores against that pair will not count in the scoring of the event. The pair will also be subject to USBF discipline.

USBF plans to send the top 6 pairs in the Trials to Turkey. These pairs, and the next 2, who will be alternates for the teams, will practice on BBO after the Trials and their NPC will assign them to 2 teams for the team event in Turkey, after having discussed their preferred teammates with all of the players and observed their play.

The World Youth Championship is a Transnational event, in which any player born in 1984 or later can play. Although USBF can only afford to subsidize two teams, other young players who can afford to pay their expenses are encouraged to play, and they can play with either US players or players from other countries in both the team and pair events in Turkey.