Teams will compete in accordance with schedules drawn up independently for all series
The schedule is drawn up in the expectation that there will be 22 teams in the Junior Series, 20 in the Youngsters, 14 in the Girls and 8 in the Kids. If entries in any event are different from these numbers the WBF President may, at his discretion, make such changes to these conditions of contest as he deems appropriate, including varying the number of boards played in each series or in any phase of these Championships. Details of any such changes will be published on the websites as soon as they are known.
In the Junior & Youngsters Championships the teams will play a complete round robin of 14 board matches starting on Thursday 14th and ending on Tuesday 19th August. In the Girls Championship the teams will play a complete round robin starting on Thursday 14th and ending on Wednesday 18th August. In the Kids Championship the teams will play a complete round robin starting on Thursday 14th and ending on Saturday 16th August
In the Junior, Youngsters and Girls Championships the eight teams with the highest Victory Points totals after the round-robin will qualify for the quarter-finals; in Kids Championship the four teams with the highest Victory Point total after the round robin will qualify for the semi-final A, while the four teams with the lowest Victory point total after the round robin will qualify for the semi-final B.
1.1 Quarter Finals
At the end of the round-robin the procedure outlined below will be followed:
The quarter-finals shall be played on Wednesday 20thAugustas a knockout match of 56 boards, (four 14-board sessions), with IMP scoring. To determine the quarter-final matches, the procedure is the following: the first placed team freely chooses its quarter-final opponent from among the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th placed teams; after the choice has been made, the second placed team chooses its quarter-final opponent among the remaining three teams; the same process is repeated for the third placed team and the fourth placed team will play against the team not chosen by any of the other three teams.
1.2 Semi Finals
a) In the Junior, Youngsters and Girls Championships the semi-finals shall be played on Thursday 21stAugust as a knockout match of 56 boards, (14-board sessions), with IMP scoring. Subject to the requirement that two teams from the same Country (if qualified) shall meet in the semi-finals, the first placed team shall also choose among the matches involving the second, third and fourth placed teams to determine which team will become the semi-final opponent of the winner of its own quarter-final match. This choice is to be made at the conclusion of the quarter-final draw (before the quarter-finals start). Hence the semi-final draw is decided by the first placed team prior to the quarter-final stage and remains applicable even if the first place team then lose their quarter-final match.
b) In the Kids Championship Semi-finals A and B shall be played on Sunday 17thAugust as a knockout match of 42 boards, (14-board sessions), with IMP scoring. To determine the semi-final matches, the procedure is the following: in Semi-final A the first placed team freely chooses its semi-final opponent from the 3th and 4thplaced teams; in Semi-final B the 5th placed team freely chooses its semi-final opponent from the 7th and 8thplaced teams
a) In the Junior, Youngsters and Girls Championships the winners of the semi-finals play the final on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August. This will be an84-board match (six 14-board sessions), with IMP scoring;
b) In the Kids Championship the Winners of the A semi-finals will play the A Final and the winners of the B semi-finals will play the B Final on Monday 18th August. In both the finals there will be a 42 board match (three 14 board session).
1.4 Play Off
a) In the Junior, Youngsters and Girls Championships the losers of the semi-final will play a play-off of 56-board match (four 14-board sessions) with IMP scoring for the third place. This will be on Friday 22nd August.
b) In the Kids Championship the losers of semi-final A will play a play-off of 28-board match (two 14-board sessions) with IMP scoring for the third place; the losers of semi-final B will play a play-off of 28-board match (two 14-board sessions) with IMP scoring for the seventh place. This will be on Monday 18th August.
If one team resigns the right to play off for third place, it will automatically be placed in fourth place, their opponents being declared bronze medallists. The resigning team (if not in case of force majeure which has to be stated by the Championship Committee)) will not be awarded any Master Points.
If both teams decide, by mutual agreement, not to play off for the third place, there will be no bronze medal awarded in the competition, and neither team will be awarded any Master Points.
The defeated quarter-finalists will be ranked 5th to 8th according to the VP total in the round-robin; if a tie exists, it will be broken using the normal tie-break criteria.