REGULATIONS FOR THE LONDON SUPER LEAGUE
Contents; 1. Authority
2. General provisions
2.1 Eligibility to enter
2.4 Line up
2.5 The draw
2.6 Re-arranging matches
2.8 Same polarity at both tables
2.9 Seating rights
2.10 Overall rankings
2.11 Rulings and appeals
2.13 Drop outs
4. Systems and conventions
4.1 Bidding methods
4.2 Carding methods
4.3 Alerting procedures
5. Playing time
5.1 Length of match
5.2 Late arrival
5.3 Unplayed boards
5.4 Players unable to complete match
The London Super League is played as a level 5 competition.
Any issues and difficulties which are raised during the season will be resolved by the
Organising Committee (O.C), acting in conjunction with the team captain where neccesary.
The LSL is played under the laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 with such modifications as have
been approved by the WBF Laws Committee.
2. GENERAL PROVISIONS
The LSL is played under the laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 with such modifications as
have been approved by the WBF Laws Committee.
2.1 ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER
The LSL is open to any player who is in good standing with the host venue and who is
known to the O.C to be a player of good sportsmanship and with high ethical values.
Employees of the EBU or any other organisation dedicated to the demise of bridge
are not eligble to take part.
The O.C has the right to deny any player entry to the competition without stating its'
Matches are played over 24 boards, in two stanzas, of pre-duplicated hands, by teams
of four to six players.
Scoring is by IMP's, converted to Victory Points according to the following scale;
0-1 10-10 28-34 16-4
2-5 11-9 35-43 17-3
6-10 12-8 44-53 18-2
11-15 13-7 54-65 19-1
16-21 14-6 66+ 20-0
Teams are allowed up to eight members, with no more than six players playing in
any one match.
No player may be part of more than one team in the LSL during any season. One
player will be assigned captain of the team.
Substitutes are allowed given that they comply with the section regarding eligibility
to enter (see 2.1) and that they are not part of another team in the same division,
or has played substitute in another team in the same division during the same season.
Any player, part of a team in division one, playing as a substitute in division 2, will
incur an automatic handicap of 1 IMP per board.
2.4 LINE UP
It is the responsibility of the captains to ensure that the players sit in the right direction,
that the score is recorded correctly and to communicate with the O.C regarding any
issues relating to the LSL.
In the case of more than four players taking part in any one match for one team, the
opposing captain must be notified before the match, and the team forfeits any
seating rights throughout the match.
No more than six players may be used by any team for any one match.
For the second stanza, both pairs on one team, according to the seating rights (see 2.9)
will change seatos to face new opponents.
In the case of a team using a third pair for the second stanza, the remaining pair must
not play the same opponents again.
In the case of one team re-arranging the partnerships within the team for the second
stanza, the opposing team shall have full seating rights for that stanza.
All formations must remain constant throughout the stanza, with the exception of players
unable to complete the match (see 5.4).
2.5 THE DRAW
The draw will take place before the start of the season by a random draw.
2.6 RE-ARRANING MATCHES
Re-arranged matches must be played at the host venue after the first date - and before
the last - of the season for the division in question.
If any team needs to re-arrange a match, the following will apply;
a) If notice is given before the start of the season, the opposing team will have to
comply, and no penalty given.
b) If notice is given at least two weeks before the playing date, the opposing team
has the option of refusing - in which case the match will be a Walk-Over -
but may agree to play the match on another occasion.
The team seeking to rearrange will be fined 1 V.P.
c) If notice is given at any later stage, it will be an automatic Walk-Over (16-0)
Spectators must accept the wishes of a player who does not want to be watched,
but a spectator cannot be prevented from watching another player at the table who
does not object.
All spectators must behave in accordance with law 76 of the Laws of Duplicate 2017.
2.8 SAME POLARITY AT BOTH TABLES
In the event that both pairs in a team wit in the same polarity on one stanza,
the score for the stanza will be zero.
The stanza that has been completed in the match will determine the score in the
match according to the same scoring method as for a full 24-board match.
Both pairs at the table are equally responsible for making sure that they sit in the
correct positions, and no one pair can be held responsible over another.
2.9 SEATING RIGHTS
In every match, there is a designated home and away team. The home team is the
first named team in the draw for that round.
For the first stanza, the away team will sit first, and the home team will choose
opponents. For the second stanza, the home team may choose which physical table
they want to sit at, and the away team will sit accordingly.
2.10 OVERALL RANKING
The ranking within the division is decided by the number of V.Ps.
Should two or more teams finish with the same number of V.Ps, the outcome will be
decided by the V.P result in the match (es) between the teams.
Should the V.P result in the matches between the teams fail to produce a winner,
extra boards in lots of four will be played to decide the outcome.
In the case of a technical irregularity at the table, players should notify the director or,
in the absence of a director, a member of the O.C, who will nominate a player with
a good understanding of the laws to make a ruling.
In the case that a ruling needs a bridge judgement to be made, the O.C will
consult at least three players during the next break in play and rule in accordance with
the relevant laws.
in the case that a team wishes to appeal a ruling, the captain of the team must notify
a member of the O.C during the playing date. The O.C will then assign at least three
players of good standing within the league to act as an appeals committee, and the
panel's decision will be final.
There's no deposit required for an appeal.
A match forfeited for any reason may result in that team deemed ineligble to
participate in the LSL.
A forfeited match will result in the opponents scoring the higher of
a) Their average score for the season, or
b) The average score of the retiring team's opponents prior to the forfeit.
2.13 DROP OUT'S
Any team dropping out of the LSL may be deemed ineligble to participate in
the LSL by the O.C.
Teams who have yet to play the dropped-out team will receive the higher of
a) Their average score for the season, or
b) The average score of the dropped-out team's opponents.
In the case of a player overhearing any conversation about a board yet to be
played at his table, the player should immediately notify a member of the O.C.
If the O.C deems the board unplayable, it should provide the table with a
substitute board to be shuffled and played.
Any player discussing a board in such a way that information can be overheard
will receive a warning. Failure to correct this behaviour will result in a penalty
of 1 V.P for the offending team, and their match will be given a substitute set
of board for completion of the match.
The aim for the LSL is for all players to enjoy their game and the atmosphere
at the table at all times, and at no time feel uncomfortable at the table because
of another player's behaviour.
If any player behaves in such a way that it causes aggravationj to any player,
kibitzer or staff, a warning will be issued to the player and the captain of the
Should the player's attitude not improve as a result of this, the O.C have the right
to ban the playuer from the competition for such time as it deems appropriate.
SYSTEMS AND CONVENTIONS
4.1 BIDDING METHODS
Two identical convention cards must be presented to the opposition before each
stanza. There're no restrictions as to what bidding methods are allowed.
However, the opponents should not be at a disadvantage due to lack of information
about a system.
Inaccurate, inadequate or late disclosure, or use of methods not permitted by
regulations, such as the use of encrypted signals, can all give rise to a successful
claim of damage on a deal, and to the method being disallowed until adequate
disclosure is provided.
Where unusual methods are used, appropriate notice must be given to the
opposing team for them to agree on defensive methods.
Where Highly Unusual Methods (HUM) are used, the opponents must be notified
at least on the playing date prior to the match in question, and all seating rights
will be forfeited.
Both players in a partnership must use the same bidding and carding methods
throughout a stanza.
4.2 CARDING METHODS
All systems of leads, signals and discards are permitted providing that reasonable
detail can be provided on the convention card, and that no signal given to partner
is based on information not available to declarer (encrypted signals).
4.3 ALERTING PROCEDURES
No player may request his opponents not to alert.
The alerting procedures to be followed are those set out in section 5 of the EBU
In the absencee of an alert, the opponents are entitled to assume that a call is natural
and carries no maning other than what can reasonably be understood by the
No play of the cards is to be alerted.
5.1 LENGTH OF MATCH
The playing time for 24 boards is 3hr 15 min. Boards not played within this time may
If any pair feels they may have been damaged by the slow play of an opponent, they
should seek a ruling. If the Director can establish that one side is largely at fault for
the slow play, a penalty of 3 IMP's for every board not completed may be imposed.
5.2 LATE ARRIVAL
If any part of a team, without giving notice, arrives more than 10 minutes after
starting time, the opposing team has the right to remove one board from play
and claim a 3 IMP penalty. Further reductions, at the same rate, may be made for
every additional 5 minute period. The match will be ruled a Walk-Over if the delay
exceeds 25 minutes.
If notice is received from any member of the opposing team that all, or part of, the
team will arrive late due to circumstanced beyond their control, boards may be
reduced at the same rate as above, but no penalty will be issued.
The match will be ruled a W-O if the delay exceeds 45 minutes.
Any team may choose to waive all, or part of, these penalties, and may choose,
in agreemnet with the opposing captain, to cut the number of boards in a match
with a late start.
5.3 PLAYER UNABLE TO COMPLETE A MATCH
All players must be prepared that the match may take up all of the allocated
playing time, and must not put pressure on any opponent to play faster.
Should a player, for any reason, be unable to complete the match, the captain
will have the option of completing the match with a substitute, or else concede
The substitute must not be part of another team in the same
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