Alternative Movements

The movements we use are all recognised as "fair" by the EBU.

The internet is awash with discussions of the "fairness" of Mitchell movements as opposed to Howells, and also the merits (or otherwise) of arrow-switching the last round of a Mitchell to unify the field. A Google search for "switching mitchell movements" will provide sufficient discussion (on the EBU website and other locations) to drive anyone to distraction. There are many factors that affect your position in the ranking list for any event, your destiny is not entirely in your own hands ...

We are suffering from low attendances and use Howell movements to play more-but-shorter rounds with pairs switching from N/S to E/W as required. Whenever we have a full number of tables, we could use a Mitchell movement to play fewer-but-longer rounds with all pairs retaining their initial direction. Now that all the N/S and E/W pairs are playing separate hands, there are two competitions taking place simultaneously. To qualify for master point awards, the Mitchell movement must have at least 5 full tables. Regardless of the type of movement, all pairs must complete at least 18 boards to attract points.

So with 4+1/2 tables or less, we have to use a Howell movement.

When we get to 5 tables, a Mitchell movement with 4 boards a round is a possibility.

For 5+1/2 tables, either a 6 round 4-board Mitchell with a 30-minute sit out or an 8-round 3-board Howell with a 22 minute sit out are available. The half-table will influence the overall "fairness", particularly if the sit-out boards were ones the pair would have played ...

For 6 tables, either a 6-round 4-board Mitchell or the customary 8-round 3-board 4-sit Howell.

A soon as we reach 6+1/2 tables we can revert to 3-board Mitchells or 2-board Howells.

And then, do we arrow-switch the last round of the Mitchell ...

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