Clarification of the Drop-in Rules for the Pairs events
Players that are eliminated from the knockout stage of any Team event can drop-in to the applicable Pairs event, namely the Rosenblum Teams to the Open Pairs, the McConnell Teams to the Women’s Pairs and the Rand Teams to the Senior Pairs, subject to the WBF Supplemental Conditions of Contest.
A pair whose players are entered in different Team competitions may drop-in to the Pairs event associated with the player that is most recently eliminated. and drop-in to either Pairs event if both were eliminated at the same time. The pair should register for both Pairs events and pay onsite when it is determined which Pairs event they will enter.
Players eliminated during the knock-out phase may play with a player who has not played in the teams PROVIDED they register before the start of the pairs event. – i.e. before the start of the qualification stage. Note, however, that the team can have a maximum of 3 pairs dropping into the pairs, so if one of the players wishes to play with someone who has not played in a team then the five remaining players can only form two additional partnerships to drop in to the relevant pairs event.
If the team has registered more than three pairs, it has to elect the three which will drop-in no later 10 pm on the day prior to the pairs event they have asked to enter. If this doesn’t happen, the system will automatically pick the three pairs, and no change will be allowed thereafter.
**Note that players entering the Pairs Championships after playing in the Teams Championships (i.e. whether they are eliminated at the end of the qualification or whether they drop in after being disqualified during the Knock out phase) do not do so free of charge. They must pay the normal entry fee for the Pairs event.
However, there is a Post Rosenblum teams, which consists of two one-day Swiss Teams and these events are free of charge to players from the Rosenblum who do not wish to play in the Open Pairs; the one day Post-McConnell and Rand events are also free of charge to players from the McConnell and Rand Teams respectively if they do not wish to play in the Women’s or Senior Pairs.