How to run Howell for small tourneys

BBO has support for Howell movements, with some limitations, for authorized TDs. BBO (support@bridgebase.com) must grant howell permission to a username before they can use the instructions below.

Rules

A clocked pair game that contains +howell+ in the tournament description will automatically be converted into a Howell upon tourney start.

  • This can be used only for tournaments smaller than 20 tables.
  • This is case sensitive. Don’t use +HOWELL+ etc. Use +howell+
  • The tourney host ( not a TD, the host – the person who created the Tourney ) must be online at tourney start time.
  • The system will use the total number of tables to guess at boards per round.
    • You need to specify at least as many pairs as there are rounds or it will fail.
    • Try to make tables a multiple of rounds. Example: 6 tables = 11 rounds. Specify 22 boards, 2 boards per round. 

The tourney host ( not a TD, the host – the person who created the Tourney ) must be online at tourney start time


Those are the bare essentials. Note the following

When the tournament starts:

  • The event will run as a single section Howell, limited to 40 pairs. If you have more than 40 pairs, the event will destroy itself and will not start.
  • You will have as many rounds as needed for a full Howell. Rounds = NumTables * 2 – 1. So 8 tables will produce 15 rounds.
  • You can override the number of rounds via the +rounds11+ hack described below

Extras

In addition, you can tweak the behaviour with the following hacks in the description.

  • If you want a partial howell, use +rounds7+ or +rounds12+ etc. Exactly like that. +rounds followed by a number followed by a + sign.
  • If you want a break after round X, use +break5+ +break6+ etc.
    • Default break duration is one hour.
    • You can remove +break6+ from the description at any time to resume the tournament.
    • You can have multiple breaks.
  • You can use +bduration=30+ +bduration=45+ etc to specify the break duration in minutes. Note the slightly different syntax.

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