Online Master Points - EBU/WBU
Master Points (MPS) awarded at BCL
A new agreement between Bridge Club Live (BCL) and the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Welsh Bridge Union (WBU) came into force on 1st January 2015.
Under this agreement all BCL competitions that meet the regulations of the EBU Master Points Handbook will attract EBU/WBU Local Points in accordance with the appropriate scales. These Local Points, which are full value EBU Local Points and will be treated as such towards EBU/WBU Master Point Awards, will be sent monthly to the EBU/WBU for each qualifying EBU/WBU member.
Of all the competitions that are run by BCL only the Dido Tourney held in the Daily MPS Room every day does not meet certain of the requirements of the EBU Master Points Handbook. However BCL as an affiliated online bridge club has been granted a Special Licence to award Local Points for this tourney. Dido Points will continue to be awarded to the top quarter of the final ranking list for each deal using the EBU scale (this is mathematically the fairest scale that is available for our use) but the total of DPs gained by EBU/WBU members will be divided by 4 to convert them to EBU/WBU Local Points.
Until December 31st, 2014
The English Bridge Union and Bridge Club Live have a partnership agreement whereby EBU Online Master Points (OMPS) are awarded exclusively to certain Bridge Club Live events. These OMP’s may be submitted towards an EBU (or WBU) member's total master points. Bridge Club Live members do not have to pay for these points.
Basis of awards.
OMP awards are awarded in accordance with the scales provided in the green EBU Master Points Handbook. The number of OMP’s awarded is typically for the top third in the field and the more players or the more minimum number of boards played in the competition, the higher the OMP’s awarded. OMP’s are also awarded to certain special competitions such as swiss pairs or teams events.
These OMPS are directly credited to your EBU account (or WBU if you are an Welsh Bridge Union member), and for efficiency, we usually batch these and submit one batch every 2 or 3 months. If you are a new Bridge Club Live member or a new EBU member, there may be a delay as we validate your EBU account. Points earned last year or last month are retained in our records indefinitely and can be credited to your EBU account as soon as you are a validated EBU member. The nature of the awards is that a maximum of a third of your total EBU Master Points can be made up of EBU OMPS.
Note that you can lookup your EBU master point record by going to the EBU web-site (www.ebu.co.uk) and you can drill down to see how many OMPS you have there that have been registered, as opposed to the number shown on your profile. Any difference is that the most recent events probably have not been processed.
We are also in discussions with other national bridge organisations especially in terms of recognising these EBU OMPS or processing their own master points in a reasonable manner.
I've got 100 Local Points and 100 Online Master Points. Does that make me a Club Master?
Sorry but not quite yet. You need 200 total Master Points, but only one third of this total may consist of Online Master points. Therefore, just 67 of your Online Master Points may count towards the total that you need. Therefore your 100 Local Points and 67 of your Online Master Points count, and you need just another 33 Local Points to reach Club Master. Your surplus of 33 Online Master Points will count towards the next rank of District Master.
I already have 5000 Local Points. How will Online Master Points affect me?
If you have 5000 Local Points, then you have reached the rank of Master. It also means that the first 2500 Online Master Points that you achieve will be valid immediately towards your total Master Points, and, in fact, you will be able to reach the next rank of Advanced Master (7500 Master Points) using Online Master Points alone.
I have 4000 Online Master Points and 4500 Local Points and on top of that, I now have 25 Green Points. Does that make me a Regional Master?
To become a Regional Master, you need 10,000 total Master Points including a minimum of 25 Green Points (which count as 2500 Master Points), and you now have the required Green Points. Only one third of the total of 10,000 Master points required may be Online Master Points, so only 3333 of your 4000 Online Master Points will count. You need 6667 Master Points to come from non-Online play and you have 2500(Green) plus 4500(Local), which total 7000, which is in excess of what you need!
In the last year, I have won 3000 Local Points and 2000 Online Master Points. Any chance of winning the Annual Master Points Competition?
Only 1500 of your Online Master Points will count, giving you a total of 4500 qualifying total Master Points, as only one third of your total qualifying Master Points may be Online Master Points.
Current Status of Updates
13th Feb 2015
Starting January 2015 MPS are directly submitted to the EBU/WBU database systems. The submissions occur approximately 14 days after the month that the MPS are for. The first submission took place on the 13th February 2015 and covered all MPS for January 2015. Submissions are split into DIDO MPS, Non DIDO MPS, and Special Competitions MPS (When applicable). ON Line Master Points
Included up to: Details Date File Sent to NBO 31st March 2005 EBU,WBU,ABF 10th May 2005
ON Line Master Points Included up to:
Date File Sent to NBO
31st March 2005
10th May 2005