Virtual Vancouver Bridge Centre Summer IMP League

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Last update: Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Information on this page may change frequently.  Hit F5 to update; many browsers save copies of a page and miss checking for updates!

What, when, where?  We want to start an IMP League on BBO on Tuesday evenings, from about 7pm to 10pm (probably finishing much earlier).  This event will be completely free from entry fees and masterpoints, but we'd prefer that it be limited to VBC and local players, with a minimum of guests from far away.  There are several steps involved in getting it all started:

  1. Signing up teams, pairs, and singles.  I've created a short survey at Google Forms which you can fill in by clicking here.  You can sign up a team, a pair, or a single and 2-3 times a week I will collect the results and update the list below of signed-up teams.  Everything listed here will be by BBO names only, no other personal data will be listed here.  You can (and should) even use the form to confirm yourself in a pair or team that your partner or teammate has registered, or remove yourself from a team that someone else has signed you up to without checking with you.  The form also asks a few more questions about your playing level and the type of event you would prefer to play.  We'll use this info to divide the group into suitable divisions, and choose the type of event that the majority prefers.

    I know this will come as a surprise to some, but I'm not smart enough to figure out how to make the list of signups update automatically when you run the survey.  I'll update it manually 2-3 times a week

    UPDATE May 23: We have 18 teams signed up and I am going to set a final signup deadline of 8pm, Friday May 29.  Remember, if you are interested you can sign up as a single or a pair and I will try to get these incomplete teams together.  During the weekend of May 29-31 I will send out messages using BBO mail to the team captains, asking them to get their players together for our starting date of Tuesday, June 2, at 7pm.  We do have a few things to iron out: one player is a member of two four-person teams, a few are BBO names not recognized by the system, and several are BBO names for which I do not know who the actual person is.  (Yes, that will be necessary.)  Please watch your BBO mail inboxes for updates and get back to me with the missing details.
  2. Setting a format and a start date.  I'm looking at keeping options open above all.  We want most of the teams to play each Tuesday evening, but if that is inconvenient you can play the match at some point during the next week.  We will probably use the new discrete VP scales (these ones, with the decimals, that make every IMP count for something) so that we can ask for some number of boards in a match, but fairly compensate if something happens and fewer actually get played.  As data from the online forms come in, I will develop rules we can all agree on.  They might even be different for teams in different divisions.  (Hey, if baseball has the designated hitter in one of its two leagues, we can be flexible too.)

    UPDATE May 23: The sign-up survey/form asked a few questions and the results were fairly clear: the vast majority of teams want to play one match and want to play it as often as possible on Tuesday Evening.  There is a slight majority for 19-23 boards with a large minority opting for 15-18 boards.  I think therefore that the way to proceed is to aim for matches of 20 boards, but allow captains to agree to set up as few as 16 or as many as they wish, if both teams agree beforehand.  If there are difficulties getting set up and fewer boards than intended are played, we'll call a match official if at least 12 boards have been played.  (Remember we have the VP Scales above that allow us to award VPs fairly based on matches of any length.)  Teams that cannot play on a scheduled Tuesday Evening will need to inform both me and the opposing team captain via BBO mail 48 hours before (Sunday at 7pm), and by Tuesday Evening there needs to be an alternate plan set up, one which cannot be changed.  I will adjust match results by awarding extra IMPs to the non-offenders or forfeits if it seems to me that one team is clearly at fault in not being pro-active in setting up an alternate date promptly, or is using substitute players that clearly strengthen the team.  This will NOT be an event where you can delay matches for weeks; but reasonable substitutes will be allowed.

    FORMAT: I think our best bet may be to keep it short and start a new season shortly after we are done.  With 20 teams, we will run three divisions of 6 or 7 teams, with the initial placement into divisions based on team average masterpoints.  But alongside this, during the very first week and every three weeks or so, we'll set aside the divisional round-robins and play an FA Cup style league-wide knockout, to give teams from different divisions a chance to meet once or twice (without affecting their round-robin position).  At the end, we can have a system of promotion and demotion for the next season that takes into account both round-robin success and knockout success.  So the first season will probably go six or seven weeks in the round-robin, plus two or three knockout weeks, with the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of the knockout to be conducted outside of Tuesday nights.
  3. Assembling teams and getting the team games started.  Once we get enough to begin, we will sent BBO mail messages to those signed up and set a start date.  As that date approaches, I will test out the BBO team game functions and put some instructions on how to start a team game here.

    UPDATE May 23: Some good instructions are here, and I suggest you have a look.  It seems best to work off of this plan:
  4. Reporting and displaying results.  Once the league begins, we'll add a new form here to report results, and update the standings as the results come in.

Players and teams signed up (so far): final deadline, Friday May 29 at 8pm.
Remember if you sign up a team or pair to ask your teammates or partner to also fill out the form to confirm that they will participate!
Teams have been placed in order of average masterpoints.  At this point it look like we have 19 teams with a few extras and a few issues to resolve.  The natural break seems to be between the 10th and 11th team at this point, but we are only a few teams away from going to three tiers.
Issues yet to resolve:If you can answer any of these questions for me, please do!

Team Captain Confirmed Team Member Unconfirmed Team Member Pair-Principal Pair-Confirmed Player Pair-Unconfirmed Player Single Player      
     
Prin_cesa
Katrin Litwin
Aidan
Aidan Ballantyne
Gmccully
Gerry McCully
mcbear
Rhonda Foster
czarn
Nick Stock
                 
Joel 88
Joel Martineau
JackBC
Jack Lee
DavidWat
David Waterman
kadachi
Kathy Adachi
redbuddha
Ben Takemori
                 
Lola
Patti Adams
sgl1
Angela Fenton
beesy
Gus Axen
kheana
June Keith
                       
luv42ca
Dee Steil
lindyak
Jim Lindemann
night135
Kathy Bye
demail
John Demeulemeester
                       
s1y4
Yue Su
larryhp
Larry Pocock
amyz
Amy Gao?
superhand
Brian Liu?
                       
J Anthony
John Anthony
faith1944
Les Fouks
gomer4377
Jim Lenobel?
mimajo
Sid Segal
                       
pgmer6809
Greg Morse
rst1
Rhoda Tafler
dianehiro
Diane Ayukawa
lobengula
Samuel Krikler
                       
bbmt
David Huang
mengxd88
Xiangdond Meng
eric1698
Eric Pan
Thunder C
Morris Chen
                       
Lochang
Ken LoChang
Dstnycln
Andrew Krywaniuk
finnigan1
Julien Levesque
Ahab2020
Andrew Nalos
ACIM44
Ken Ramsay
                 
foot1333
Mike Wilson
markuson
Marco Paladino
s_mcilwain
Sam McIlwain
petermac1
Peter Maclean
                       
mytoi2
Corrine Tapley
frances17
Frances Corney
sham99
Shameine Ali
maximorse
Anita Morse
Kadelle
Eda Kadar
                 
vanstu
Stuart Carr
waderc
Wade Carpenter?
noba7
Nolan Derby
millertime
Cathy Miller
barryy
Barry Yamanouchi
                 
D BUTLER
David Butler
whitewu
HongJian Wu
Paladin343
Ron?
Need a fifth since
Gita is on two teams...
lovebrigee
Gita Sheikholeslami
                 
nvantom
Tom Anderson
ryleyb
Ryley Breiddal
bigmama4
Cindy Oishi
cremebru3
Stephanie Williams
                       
BriYag
Brian Yager
rcocr
Marg Gibson
Sadie24
Jane Skinner
pmfournier
Paul Fournier
                       
jackq7
Jack Qi
northvan
Lucy Zhong
Dianna2008
Diana Jing
HQmed78
Lisa Li
                       
LisaB1774
Lisa Bealle
clairerob
Claire Robillard
ginaok
Eloise Carbone
Debra88
Debra Sutherland
lasimmons
Linda Simmons
25Wendy
Wendy Williams
           
Unclewilly
Chi Deng
Wghfeilong
Qiang Hua
jenhong1
Jennifer Hong
laowei2016
?
florayan
Flora Yan
Jin mei
?
           
klipsch
Eric Promislow
muskie64
Barry Promislow
satroy
Satadru Roy
Need a fifth since
Gita is on two teams...
lovebridgee
Gita Sheikholeslami
                 
     
DawnCoyote
Jim McKenzie
pogo22
Paul Harding
                             
                        vantow
Sheila Ritchie
      Gherrera0
Gonzalo Herrera
     
     
Team Captain Confirmed Team Member Unconfirmed Team Member Pair-Principal Pair-Confirmed Player Pair-Unconfirmed Player Single Player      
     
Sign-ups So Far (Last update: Thursday, May 21, 2020.) - click HERE to sign up a team, a pair, or a single (using BBO names)!
(Check back in a few days to see how signups are going...)  If you see a ? in the real names it means I am not sure who is behind the BBO name entered.
InformationResultsSummer IMP LeagueRecords & StatsVBC Main Page
Last update: Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Information on this page may change frequently.  Hit F5 to update; many browsers save copies of a page and miss checking for updates!