Using Duplicate Scorer with EBU Pay to Play

This information is relevant to clubs affiliated to the EBU (English Bridge Union).

Duplicate Scorer is fully compliant with the new EBU Pay to Play (P2P) system and will produce P2P session files for you, as required. The system couldn't be simpler so I hope this tutorial will be a very short one!

There are two ways to produce a P2P session file after you have completed your competition.

  1. Explicitly, by clicking on the Export menu and choosing P2P Report.
  2. Automatically, by displaying Duplicate Scorer's Options screen, selecting the P2P tab and selecting the option to always produce a P2P report whenever you save a session's results.

When you explicitly request a P2P Report you will first see a screen inviting you to supply, or check, such information as club contact name etc. Whatever information you supply will be remembered for next time so you should only ever need to type these things once. At the bottom there is a box for the name of the P2P report file. You are strongly advised to use the same folder for all P2P reports and, in fact, Duplicate Scorer will remember the folder path and will, by default, use it for future P2P reports.

When you click OK, you will next see a table showing the names of the competitors in the current competition along with their EBU numbers, if known. At this point you can check existing EBU numbers or provide numbers for players who don't have EBU numbers in your current database (or names file if you are not using the Club Option Pack). Type a dash (hyphen) as the EBU number for any player who is known not to be, and unlikely to become, a member. This will help when it comes to automatic reports (see below). When you are happy with the EBU numbers, click OK and the required report file will be produced.

Automatic generation is even easier. Whenever you save your results, the P2P report file is produced automatically. The contact details etc. form is only shown the first time you produce a report. After that, Duplicate Scorer uses the information you provided last time plus some that it generates itself. The file name, in particular, is automatically generated. The automatic P2P file will be saved in the same folder as you used last time using a file name that incorporates the competition date (if you save the same competition more than once, each P2P report file will overwrite the previous one).

Similarly, the EBU numbers check screen will only be shown if there are some players whose EBU numbers are not known. Here is where putting a dash for known non members can help you. If any player's EBU number is blank then the check screen will be shown but if everyone has either a number or a dash you can skip that step.

Note that even if you are using automatic P2P file generation, you can still use the explicit method if, for example, you want to double check contact details, file name or players' EBU numbers.

And that really is all there is to it. For more details on screen layouts etc. see Duplicate Scorer's help file.

Please note that P2P report files replace the old method for electronic Master Points submission. Clubs using the Club Option Pack should do a final Master Points submission after their last session of March 2010. Master Points earned after 1st April 2010 should not be submitted, nor should certificates be printed for them. The latest version of Club Database Manager ensures this by automatically excluding from Master Points print/submission runs and points earned after 1st April.