La Baule is the first French festival featuring a "board a match." This competition, very popular in the US, involves teams of 4 players. The main difference, however, lies in the scoring rule: indeed, at the end of a given hand the team scores:
• 1 point if won
• half a point for equality
• zero if lost
In particular, losing a hand by 20 or 2000 IMPs makes no difference! In this sense, "board a match" is somehow a pairs competition... played in teams of four!
A jazz-blues-rock band will be playing at the cocktail hour to follow the Mixed Pairs competitions.