The Championships comprise the following competitions:
Each Pairs competition (Open, Women, Senior, Mixed) will be played in three stages: qualification, semifinals and final.
Each Team competition (Open, Women, Senior, Mixed) will be played in two stages: qualification (teams to be divided into groups and play a complete round robin) and final (knockout competitions: round of 32, round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final).
All competitions, Pairs and Teams, are transnational.
The Rules & Regulations pertaining to the Championships are available here in pdf format. Click here to download them.
• Right of Entry
Bridge players from all WBF zones are entitled to participate in the championships, provided they are members in good standing of a National Bridge Federation (NBO).
All events are transnational. There are no restrictions on the number of entries allowed per NBO.
• Entry Fees
To be paid by bank transfer (see below) in cash (Euros or Polish Zloty) or by credit card upon arrival at the Tournament Reception and Registration Desk at the venue:
The entries are calculated on the basis of approximately €20 per person per qualifying session (and semifinal in pairs). There is no extra cost for players reaching the pairs finals or the KO phase of the team events. Players from the finals of the teams can drop into the final of the pairs event of the same category, free of charge.
These reductions are non-accumulative.
All entries to the various competitions must be submitted electronically via the local organization championship website: www.poznan2011.pl. Entries received will be automatically forwarded to the NBO of each proposed player and are subject to their NBOs' approval. Withdrawals of accepted entries must be acknowledged by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid payment of the entry fee.
Entries must be submitted by 31 May 2011. Entry applications received after this deadline will be accepted only if technically convenient. Withdrawals of accepted entries are subject to the same deadline.
EBL Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded. The winners in each category will receive the title of European Open Champions. Honour prizes will be presented to the best ranking pairs and teams in each category. EBL Master Points will also be awarded.
The teams and pairs winning the European title in Poznan will be hosted by the EBL at the 6th European Open Championships to be held in 2013 for one week (the winners of the Mixed events will be invited to the Mixed playing week, the winners of the Open, Women's and Senior events will be invited to the O/W/S playing week) with free entry and 'Bed & Breakfast' hotel accommodation in a double room.
• Overall Ranking Cash Prizes