A Statement from the ALT

The ALT events are invitational events. The original idea behind the ALT was to organise tournaments with world class players on BBO to provide an opportunity for top level bridge and potentially creating an income for professional players during corona. Furthermore the ALT wanted to give a chance to all the bridge enthusiasts isolated in their homes to be entertained by world class bridge.

The ALT allowed and encouraged kibitzers and stated that invitations were granted to participants, who were not only world class, but also highly ethical players. Sadly it became clear during the spring of corona that some players deliberately violated the ethical conduct of bridge and the ALT’s Conditions of Contest.

We are now ready to move on. A player who has not been welcome due to violation of our CoC will now have the opportunity to play again in our world class online events on the following condition:

The player has to declare that he/she has violated the ethical conducts of bridge during online matches with the risk of influencing the results of the match/tournament. The player must agree to make such a statement in the ALT bulletin – a statement for the ALT organisers alone is not sufficient.

The ALT provides the player with a second chance by revoking the non-invite decision, effective the next tournament after the statement made by that player. Should the player once again violate the ethical conducts of bridge (including online bridge), the player will not be allowed back ever.

The ALT has taken this first step to move on. We have now become used to the temporary reality in the online bridge world and we are of the hope that all players are now fully aware of the consequences of their actions.

This statement also means that players who have previously publicly confessed will from today no longer be denied an invitation to participate in the ALT events based on their history.

We hope that we can encourage others to follow their example.

ALT Mixed IV BULLETIN 1 • Tuesday, October 6, 2020


What’s ALT?

The Alt concept was invented by Paul Street early in March 2020 as an alternative for the cancelled Columbus Nationals. As far as I know, it was the first serious, world-class, online bridge event. Jan van den Hoek, a bridge afficionado (and lawyer) who had already built a solid name for himself in The Netherlands and Europe, took up organizing the matches. Van den Hoek, with the help of Sjoert Brink, did, and has done, a brilliant job, attracting world stars to the Alts. Alts are now played about every other week (e.g., Minor, Major, Mixed, Montrealt). The events last for five days in a row, starting with a round robin, then quarterfinals, semifinals and final. Most Alts come with a lively Daily Bulletin, with Christina Lund Madsen as the editor and with contributions by well-known journalists such as Mark Horton and Toine van Hoof.

For Alt information, check www.bridgeresults.org

 Jan van Cleeff

source: IBPA Bulletin No. 668 September 10, 2020


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