The 26th edition of InterCity League (ICL), will start on Wednesday 12th October and will end on 11th January 2017. ICL is the BBO international online Team Championship established in 2004 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 first edition was won by Beograd; the most rewarded team is Ascoli Piceno, eight times winner; the title holder is the Italian team of Spelonga di Arquata del Tronto. 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 tourney develops in two phases: round robin and knock-out. The teams are divided in groups; the best ones (not more than sixteen or 50 per cent of the teams), will forward to the knock-out phase.
There are no limits to the number of players: each captain can line up as many players as he or she likes, but players that haven’t played round robins shouldn’t be employed in the knock-out, unless the team has no other way to complete the foursome. The mandatory playing time is on Wednesday at 20:45-21:00 pm CET (GMT +1; EST +6), 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, but no more than twenty-eight. The default is barometer off, undo on (but concede it only for true misclick; the distraction is a technical mistake that has to be paid), and silent kibitzers; this too can be changed by captains agreement, but the kibitzers, that cannot be excluded and it’s advisable not allow them to speak at table.
Systems Policy. In the round-robin stage, with sixteen board matches, aren’t allowed systems which require that opponents should study them in advance, as Brown sticker, Highly Unusual Method (HUM), or any system with low one level openings (11 HCPs or less in balanced hand, but psychics), and long relay sequences. In knock-out stage, all systems are permitted, but in the abovesaid cases the pair has to send the Convention Card to all captains within 15th November, and the opponents have the right either to refuse the system or to look up a written defence prepared in advance.
For any question contact Turbin or Willemm (BBO nicknames of Paolo Enrico Garrisi and Willem Mevius), or write to Garrisi at [email protected]