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Playoff Qualifying Points

PQP lists are maintained by John Scudder. Please direct all PQP queries to him at pqp@abf.com.au.


PQPs leading to the Playoffs for the 2019 Australian Teams

2018 PQP Awards Table

The 2018 PQP year for the 2019 Playoffs begins with the 2017 Spring Nationals and ends with the 2018 Hans Rosendorff Women’s Swiss Pairs.

2018 Current Standings Open | Women’s | Seniors*
2018 Playoff Points by Event Open | Women’s | Seniors*
2018 Playoff Points Details for each Event Open | Women’s | Seniors*


Ages to enter Australian Senior events are based on World Bridge Federation age requirements with some downward adjustments to allow for the timing of Australian team selection for future events.

Over the period from 2018 to 2026, the minimum age for WBF Seniors’ events is increasing from turning 60 in the year of the event, to turning 65. This starts with an increase to minimum age 61, for WBF events in 2018. After that, the WBF’s minimum age will increase by one year every second calendar year. 

 This means that age requirements to enter ABF Senior events will also increase progressively:

  • Due to the late advice from the WBF, the ABF is leaving age requirements unchanged to enter ABF Senior events in the period October 2017 to February 2018, but players born on or after 1 January 1959 will not be eligible to receive 2017/18 PQPs in these events.
  • To enter ABF Senior events during the remainder of the 2017/18 PQP Year (i.e. between March 2018 and September 2018), a player must have been born on or before 31 December 1958.
  • To enter ABF Senior events during the following PQP Year (i.e. between October 2018 and September 2019), a player must still have been born on or before 31 December 1958.
  • The ABF is yet to determine the age requirements to enter ABF Senior events from October 2019 onward.

PDF File PQP Policies as at July 4, 2018

PQP Transfer Policy

All PQPs won in open events may be used towards qualification for the women’s or seniors’ playoffs by players who are eligible and are members of the Women’s or Seniors’ Panels. Players with Open PQPs who meet the age requirement may request addition to the Seniors’ Panel and transfer of their Open Points.  Similarly, Women with Open PQPs may request addition to the Women’s Panel and transfer of their Open Points.  Please email the PQP Compiler at pqp@abf.com.au if you wish your points to be transferred and are not already on the Seniors and/or the Women’s panel.

Prior Standings

For prior standings, go to the Archives page.


Allocation of PQP

The primary purpose of Playoff Qualifying Points (PQP) is to select the Australian team via the playoffs. To be eligible for the playoffs each player must have at least 1 PQP. Those players who amass a greater number of PQP are advantaged by playing in Division 1 (unless numbers do not allow for 2 divisions). This gives those teams a second chance to qualify for the final.
The criteria for allocating PQP to an event include:

  • Quality of field eligible to receive PQP’s
  • Size of field
  • Rigour of the event (e.g. long final matches)
  • Relativity with other events and rebalance of awards due to increased number of events and PQP Inflation.
  • Geographical fairness in access to PQP

Each year the Tournament Committee reviews the PQP table for the following year. It also considers applications from States/Tournament Organisers for allocation. In this instance the following criteria would be considered;

  • The number of PQP events for that category (Open, Women’s, Seniors’)
  • Comparative events
  • A consistency or improvement in field quality over approximately a 3 year period for that event