The 8th Bridge Tournament “Riga invites to Jurmala” will be held from 13 – 17 August, 2014 in Jurmala (Latvia). The event comprises the Invitational tournament, Teams tournament and the Pairs tournament.
Format – The Invitational tournament is played by 24 pairs. All pairs are invited by the organizers. The Invitational tournament will be broadcasted on TV. In the Teams tournament teams are playing 9 rounds by Swiss system. After 9 rounds top 4 teams play semi-final and the winners plays finals. All rounds are played 8 boards by round, semi-finals and finals are played 12 boards by round. In the Pairs tournament 3 sessions are played, 24 boards each. Players play 2 boards against opponents in one round. Scoring is by match points.
Entrance fees – Entrance fee for the Teams tournament is EUR 100,- per team. Entrance fee for the Pairs tournament is EUR 70,- per pair.
Prizes – First 3 places in the Invitational tournament receive cups. First 3 places in the Teams tournament receive medals and cash prizes. In the Pairs tournament first 3 places receive medals; cash prizes receive 10% of the field. Special prizes for best woman pair, best mixt pair, best Latvian pair and best junior pair from Latvia. Total amount of cash prizes – 50%.
Latvia is the central country of the Baltic States with a population of two million people, who live in 64 thousand square km territory. Latvia borders with Estonia in North, Russia and Belorussia in East, Lithuania in South and the Baltic Sea in the West. Latvia is easily reachable by air (81 direct destinations to Riga international airport), train (Moscow, Minsk and St-Petersburg), ferry (Stockholm) and by road – either by car or by bus (bus connection with more than 20 countries).
Latvia’s capital Riga – the oldest still existing medieval city, was founded in 1201. The value of Riga’s cultural and historical significance has been recognised by the fact that its old city centre has been included in UNESCO’s list of the world’s most important cultural and natural sites. Having endured many wars, political regime changes and economic upheavals, Riga remains a lively, spirited, and future-oriented city with its own distinct aura, charm and style. Special excursion (preregistration required until 25th of September) to Riga will be on the 30th of September. For more information about Riga please visit www.liveriga.com.
Jūrmala – the largest resort city in the Baltic States – is well-known for its natural treasures – the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The attraction of Jūrmala hides in its almost 33 km long white sand beach, the large pine forest and the natural border of the city – the river Lielupe. Jūrmala is the best place for the tournament: tough opposition during the game and many places where you can recover from stress after the matches, including healing effect of mud bathing and mineral waters. Taste the delicious and healthy food in Jūrmala’s restaurants and cafes, walk along the central promenade of Jomas street, explore the eco-trails in Ķemeri National park and Ragakapa Nature Park, enjoy the water attractions in the biggest aqua park in Northern Europe Livu Akvaparks, visit the famous concert hall Dzintari or simply watch the sunset on Jūrmala beach! For more information about Jūrmala and the hotels, please visit http://www.tourism.jurmala.lv/page/39
The venue – The Baltic Beach Hotel offers 165 comfortable guest rooms and suites, 10 well-equipped conference halls, Italian restaurant “Il Sole” and European restaurant “Caviar Club” with breath-taking panoramic sea view, and one of the biggest SPA centres in Europe, where You can pamper yourself, family and friends with more than 400 treatments. 25 m long swimming pool with heated sea water, gives opportunity to dive into Baltic Sea waters even in winter. For more information please visit www.balticbeach.lv.
Official site: http://www.rigainvites.lv/