The 21st edition of InterCity League (ICL), will start on March 12th and will end on June 4th. ICL is the BBO international online Team Championship established ten years ago by the late Tonci Radelja, a Croatian professor of mathematics who loved the Bridge and used it as mean to become friends. So wrote Tonci several years ago:
“…Think of this as a night in your local club – be friendly and enjoy meeting old/new friends at the table…”
The tourney is held twice a year, in spring and fall; the teams have to have the name of a town (that’s why “Intercity”). The title holder is the Italian team of Ascoli Piceno. The tourney develops in two phases: round robin and knock-out. teams are divided in groups; the best twelve will forward to the 4+8 knock-out phase, i.e. the best four will get the bye to quarter-finals whereas the others will have to play one more match.
There are no limits to ne number of players: each captain can line up as many players as he or she likes, but players that haven’t played in the round robins shouldn’t be employed in the knock-out, unless the team needs it to complete the foursome.
The mandatory playing time is on Wednesday at 20:45-21:00 pm CET (GMT +1), unless both captains agree for different time, but displacements only should be done exceptionally.
In the round robin the matches will be by sixteen boards. In the final stage the matches will be by twenty-four, or more if both captains agree to do so.
The default is Barometer off, Undo on, Silent Kibitzers; this too can be changed by captains agreement, but it is recommended to not allow kibitzers to speak at table.
For any question contact Turbin or Willemm (BBO nicknames of Paolo Enrico Garrisi and Willem Mevius), or write to Garrisi at [email protected]