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I have been working for several years on a method for providing hand records for the bracketed round robin events in Unit 174 (Houston). I've gotten some good advice from members of this website. 

I wanted a board movement that is simple and allows for 9 team brackets.

Over the weekend, our unit held a four-day sectional tournament using this movement.

A bracket of 9 teams is laid out in a row of tables. 


A1     A2     A3     B1     B2     B3      C1     C2     C3


The pairs move normally as they would in a round robin event. The EW pair whose home table is A1 moves to B1 for the first leg of the round robin, and then to C1 for the second leg.

At the beginning of Round 1, two boards are placed at each table.

A1 gets boards 1 and 2

A2 gets boards 3 and 4


C3 gets boards 17 and 18


Boards are moved along the row

Collection <- A1 <- A2 <- A3 <- B1 <- B2 <- B3 <- C1 <- C2 <- C3 <- Stack of boards


As each board is played, it is moved along the line. Either one set of boards can be played with a caddy moving the boards from the collection to the stack, or two sets of boards can be used, which is what we did.

Six boards are played in Round 1. Then the players move and then they play six more boards in Round 2. The boards are not moved or changed between rounds 1 and 2, they continue to move down the line as they are played.

When round 2 is complete, comparison is done and boards 1 to 18 are removed and replaced with boards 19 to 36 for rounds 3 and 4.

There are advantages and disadvantages to having hand records for the bracketed RRs like there are for most things in life. But if anyone would like to use this board movement for their team events, I would be happy to help out. 

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