Illini Regional Bridge Tournament

   Memorial Day week:  May 22-28, 2018

Hawthorn Suites,
101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, Illinois  
Map

Please join us for seven days of bridge and our special Illini hospitality:

 ♣  Non-stop hospitality!  Evening buffets, hotel hospitality suite, registration gifts, door prizes, champagne splits & glasses to section winners, Daily Bulletin, more!

 ♣  Friday:  Juniors Day -- Full-time students age 25 and under play FREE all day. Half-price entries for students for all other events all week.

   Thursday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday: Two two-session Morning Swiss Teams.

   Sunday:  Barometer final in the Open Pairs (1:30 qualifying & 7:00 finals).

   Sunday:  Fighting Illini Fans Day -- $2 off your afternoon entry if you wear Illini orange and blue!

   Monday:  FAST Swiss Teams -- Playthrough with free continental breakfast & cash snack bar. 

   Novice/Intermediate Program: 
    Gold Rush Pairs -- two-session gold-point events for 0-750 masterpoints -- on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
    Flight C masterpoint awards
in all open events.
    Expert speakers
at 12:45 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Three Bracketed Knockout Teams (four-session events):

Big Ten KO -- 7:00 Tuesday & 9:30, 1:30, 7:00 Wednesday

Chief Illiniwek KO -- Primetime: 1:30 & 7:00 Thursday & Friday

OskeeWowWow KO -- Primetime: 1:30 & 7:00 Saturday & Sunday

Stratified Teams (stratified by team's average masterpoint holding):

Two morning two-session Swiss Teams:
    Orange AM Swiss --
9:30 a.m. Thursday & Friday
    Blue AM Swiss -- 9:30 a.m. Saturday & Sunday

Three primetime two-session Swiss Teams
  
Wednesday (1:30 & 7:00)
   Friday (1:30 & 7:00) -- qualifying & final.
   Monday (10:30 & TBA)   

Two one-session Swiss Teams -- 7:00 Thursday & Saturday

One-session Combo Pairs/Teams on Friday (7:00) -- Two chances to win with matchpoint and board-a-match scoring. Enter as a team of four or as a pair and teams will be assigned.

Stratified Pair Events (stratified by pair's average masterpoint holding):

Single-session entries always available. Series Side Games if attendance warrants.

Charity Series AM Pairs -- 9:30 am, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to benefit animal welfare charities in Central Illinois. Enter one, two or all three sessions (play two or three sessions to qualify for overall awards).

Choice Stratified Pairs -- 9:30, 1:30 and 7:00 on Wednesday and Friday. Enter one or any two sessions each day (play two sessions to qualify for overall awards).

One-session Charity Pairs -- 7:00 Tuesday

Two-session Stratified Open Pairs -- 1:30 & 7:00 Thursday and Saturday.

Two-session Barometer Pairs -- 1:30 & 7:00 Sunday. Barometer final.

Strata:  A=Open  A/X=3500   B=0-2500  C=0-500  D=0-200 
All events stratified by pair or team members' average masterpoint holding. KOs may be handicapped.
Host hotel:   

Bridge rate ($95 double) at Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive.   Map & directions

All rooms (singles and doubles) are suites with beds and sofa beds. Included are free hot breakfast buffet, free wifi and use of the fitness center, hot tub and indoor pool. Pet-friendly. Parking is free, and there are many restaurants within walking distance.
Restaurant guide

Reservations:  Call 217-398-3400 and ask for the bridge rate.  Please reserve early.

Tuesday, May 22
7:00 -- Big Ten KO Teams (continues Wednesday AM, Aft & Eve)
7:00 -- Play for the Pets Charity Pairs
Wednesday, May 23
9:30, 1:30 & 7:00 -- Big Ten KO (2nd, 3rd & 4th sessions)
9:30, 1:30 & 7:00 -- Choice Stratified Pairs (play one or two sessions)
1:30 & 7:00 -- Stratified Swiss Teams (partners & team-mates guaranteed)
Thursday, May 24
9:30 -- Orange Morning Swiss Teams  (continues at 9:30 Friday)
9:30 -- Charity Series AM Pairs (continues at 9:30 Saturday & Sunday)
1:30 & 7:00 -- Chief Illiniwek KO Teams (continues Fri Aft/Eve)
1:30 & 7:00 -- Stratified Open Pairs
1:30 & 7:00 -- 0-750 Gold Rush Pairs (stratified 0-300 / 300-500 / 500-750)
7:00 -- One-session Swiss Team
Friday, May 25 -- Juniors Day
     Students age 25 & under play FREE today.
9:30 -- Orange Morning Swiss Teams  (2nd session)
9:30, 1:30 & 7:00 -- Choice Stratified Pairs (play one or two sessions)
1:30 & 7:00 -- Chief Illiniwek KO (3rd & 4th sessions)
1:30 & 7:00 -- Swiss Teams qualifying & final (non-qualifiers receive free entry in Combo Pairs/Teams)
7:00 -- One-session Combo Pairs/Teams (enter as a team or pair)  
Saturday, May 26  
9:30 -- Blue Morning Swiss Teams  (continues at 9:30 Sunday)
9:30 -- Charity Series AM Pairs
1:30 & 7:00 -- OskeeWowWow KO Teams (continues Sun Aft/Eve)
1:30 & 7:00 -- Stratified Open Pairs
1:30 & 7:00 -- 0-750 Gold Rush Pairs (stratified 0-300 / 300-500 / 500-750)
7:00 -- One-session Swiss Teams
Sunday, May 27 -- Fighting Illini Fans Day
      $2 off your afternoon entry if you wear Illini orange & blue!
9:30 -- Blue Morning Swiss Teams  (2nd session)
9:30 -- Charity Series AM Pairs
1:30 & 7:00 -- Barometer Open Pairs (qualifying with barometer final)
1:30 & 7:00 -- 0-750 Gold Rush Pairs (stratified 0-300 / 300-500 / 500-750)
1:30 & 7:00 -- OskeeWowWow KO (3rd & 4th sessions)
7:00 -- Barometer final (2nd session of Open Pairs)
7:00 -- Side game
Monday, May 28   (Memorial Day)
     Free continental breakfast -- 9:45 to 11:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m. -- FAST  Swiss Teams (stratified by team's average masterpoints)
   On the road by 5:45 pm.
  Chairman:  Karen Walker   (217-359-0042)   kwbridge@comcast.net
  Partners:  Hugh Williams (618-203-9566)   hrw1997@gmail.com