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2021亞太盃(2021-06-02)

2021亞太盃最新消息:
線上賽將於2021/7/14~2021/7/21舉辦
 
*橋協已詢問體育署,如三級警戒仍持續到比賽時,將無法參加。
 
 
 
亞太橋協來信內容:
Dear all,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions between countries, we will be unable to gather in person to play bridge. This year unfortunately also happens to be a qualifying year for the World Bridge Teams Championships (WBTC), hence we decided considering these restrictions, we will be holding a special (hopefully once off) event to select the teams from zone 6 to participate in the WBTCs which have been postponed to 2022.
Singapore has been tasked with organizing this once off event henceforth known as the Zone 6 Internet Selection Trials (Z6IST). To ensure fairness as well as reliability, after testing multiple platforms, we have decided to collaborate with LoveBridge, a system developed to mimic real-life competitive play to ensure a fair and reliable experience for all participating NBOs. LoveBridge also includes a whole suite of security measures not found in other platforms, and they have also offered us their full support for this event.
Initially there were concerns about server connectivity to Hungry, but LoveBridge has very generously agreed to setup a new server in Hong Kong SAR, China, which helped to mitigate a lot of initial connection problems encountered by some of the NBOs during the test run.
The dates of the Zone 6 selection will be July 14 to 21, 2021. This, and the most important details will be given in the Conditions of Contest, which will be sent to the participating NBOs.
Do note that you will need to use an Android tablet to access the Lovebridge platform. We understand that this will bring along a new set of inconvenience to all NBOs, hence we worked out a special arrangement with LoveBridge to provide some options:
A)     Fully prepared tablets can be rented from LoveBridge. The NBO pays the shipping fee forth and back, and the exclusive rental fee for the occasion: 4 USD/tablet.

B)     Fully prepared tablets can be purchased from LoveBridge. These are Samsung Galaxy Tab A (T510) tablets. The price is 168 USD / tablet + shipping fee.
 
In both cases (A and B) tablets will come with all the accessories needed (stands, stylus pens, sleeves).
 
C)     NBOs can purchase their own tablets based on LoveBridge’s specifications, and LoveBridge will help to setup the tablets thereafter.
On top of using specialized tablets to conduct the Z6IST, we are also proposing teams to be held in a monitored environment:
Each participating Zone 6 NBO is required to establish at least one venue to conduct the Selection Trial. Assuming domestic travelling is permissible, the NBO’s National team’s players will assemble in the venue which will implement the following security measures:

⁃ Only players and tournament staff are allowed to be in the venue

⁃ Players must surrender all communication equipment (i.e. handphones, tablets, laptops, earphones etc. etc.) to the tournament staff.

⁃ NBO will provide players with devices for playing in the Selection Trial.

⁃ players will be isolated, they are not allowed to communicate with other players when the tournament is in progress.
Each venue should have at least 1 Security Officer and ideally 1 Tournament Director present at the venue to enforce the rules. It is also recommended to have a designated IT person proficient in English (he/she can double up as a Security Officer) to resolve technical difficulties. Singapore and the LoveBridge team will be just a call away if any help is required.
As the tournament is roughly about 8 weeks from now, do let me know of your intentions to participate in the Z6IST (how many teams), as well as send me your choice about the renting or purchasing of the tablets (A, B or C), to organize the delivery as soon as possible. Also:
-          Please send me the contacts of the IT helper – I will link them with the platform provider.
-          Please advise a date and time when practice matches can be held.
Test matches can be held within NBOs or with another NBO, do let me know of your preferences and we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements.
Some other important information to take note of:
Z6IST dates: 14th-21st July 2021
Online Director Training: 5th June 2021, 1200 - 1800 hrs GMT +8 Zoom link to be provided. There will be no fees for the training so please encourage your directors to take part in this free training.
Online Security Officer Training: 19th June 2021, 12-1500 hrs GMT +8 Zoom link to be provided. Similarly, there will be no fees for the training and Security officers are mandatory to take part in the event.
 
My email address is President@scba.org.sg
 
Looking forward to having your answer as soon as possible, 
 
Kelvin Ong
Chairman
Z6IST Organising Committee