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2019 Michael Seamon Junior US Bridge Championships

The United States Bridge Federation (USBF) is pleased to announce the 2019 Michael Seamon Junior United States Bridge Championships (MSJUSBC) will be held December 27-30/31, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.  Players will compete in four categories:  1) open under 16 years old (U16; born in 2005 or later; 2) open U21 (born 2000 or later); 3) open U26 (born 1995 or later); and 4) women U26 (Rona Cup; born 1995 or later).  

 

We plan to send two teams each in open U21 and open U26, one Rona team, and one U16 team to represent the USA at the World Youth Teams Bridge Championships in the summer of 2020.  (Sending an U16 team will require our having enough chaperones going at their own expense.) Players who earn the right to represent the USA in the World Youth Teams must participate actively in the USBF Junior Training Program between their qualifying and the World Championships next summer.  Further, to be eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses to Atlanta, players competing in the MSJUSBC are expected to participate in the Training Program from September through December.

 

Teams may enter with 4, 5, or 6 players; winning teams with fewer than 6 players will augment so that 6-person teams represent the USA.  Depending on the number of teams entered in each category, an online (BBO) qualifying may be required on one or two weekends in September.  

 

Although the USBF has no designated funds for the MSJUSBC, we have raised enough money privately (thank you, donors!) to cover lodging and most of the travel expenses for those who play in Atlanta.  There are no entry fees.  Donations to support the MSJUSBC may be made at USBF.org (“donate” button at the top right of the homepage, then “Make a gift to the USBF Junior Program”).

 

The schedule of play in Atlanta will depend on the number of teams competing and will be different for the four categories.   U21 and U26 will begin play on December 27; most will finish by December 30, although the finals for USA-2 U21 and U26 may take place December 31.  Rona and U16 will start December 28 or December 29 and finish by December 30 at the latest.  In all cases participants will play at least two days before anyone is eliminated.   All matches at the MSJUSBC will be played with screens.  

 

Teams can enter at USBF.org (log in to USBF.org – you must be logged in – and click on the appropriate link under the User Menu).  The deadline for entries is Midnight EDT on Monday, August 5.  Conditions of Contest will be at USBF.org by early July.  If you have questions, contact Joe Stokes via a link on the Juniors page at USBF.org.

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