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HCL International Bridge Championship Comes Back

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Over 950 players and 20 countries will compete for a total prize purse of Rs. 22 million from October 11, 2022. The six-day championship will be held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Sector 83, in Gurugram

 Khel Today Bureau

New Delhi: The 19th HCL International Bridge Championship is set to kick-start on October 11, 2022. The six-day championship will be held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Sector 83, in Gurugram, and will witness participation from over 950 players from across the globe. Some of the renowned players include Zia Mahmood (Pakistani-American), Craig Gower (South Africa), Rob Stephens (South Africa) and Kiran Nadar (India) among others. Held under the auspices of the Bridge Federation of India, the championship will offer a total prize purse of INR 22 million, one of the highest offered in any Bridge tournament to date. To register for the championship, please visit https://hcl-bridge.com/entries/ .

The tournament premise will be held in two main events – ‘Team of Four Gold’ and ‘Team of Four Silver’. In the pairs event, the championship event will host four different events namely, ‘Open Pairs’, ‘IMP Pairs’ and ‘IMP Pairs Strata II’.

Speaking about the upcoming championship, Ms. Kiran Nadar, an internationally acclaimed Bridge player, gold medalist at the 5th Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games Bridge Medalist said“I welcome all the players who are joining us all parts of the world to compete and bring alive the unique excitement of Bridge game. The HCL International Bridge Championship is our flagship initiative in sports, and I have seen it grow, year-on year in terms of scale, participation, prestige, and competitiveness. Bridge is a cerebral game, a brain stimulator that keeps players alert and agile. Participating in high-pressure championships such as the HCL Bridge Championship requires players’ focused concentration for many hours, it’s challenging. I wish all the players joining us the very best.”

Format of the Tournament and other details:

  • Team of Four Gold Event is open to all. The qualifying round consists of the Swiss League of 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each on the first two days. As part of the Swiss system, in each round, one team plays against another for several hands with the North/South pairs playing against their opponent’s East/West pairs. The top 16 teams after the Swiss League will advance to the knock-out stage. The knock-out matches will be played over 4 sessions of 14 Boards each. The play-off for the 3rd position will be played over 3 sessions of 14 Boards each. Winners will be awarded the ‘Naresh Tandan Trophy’.
  • Team of Four Silver Event is open to Indian Bridge players (participation of foreign teams in this event is subject to clearance by the Technical Committee). The qualifying round consists of the Swiss League of 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each on the first two days. The top 16 teams after the Swiss League will advance to the knock-out stage. The knock-out matches will be played over 4 sessions of 14 Boards each. The play-off for 3rd position will be played over 4 sessions of 14 Boards each. Winners will be awarded the ‘Mohini Tandan Trophy’.

  • Open Pairs Gold will start on the third day of the tournament and will be played over four days. There would be three eliminations consisting of three sessions of 18 Boards each. Top 26 pairs from Elimination-3 round of MP Pairs along with two sponsored pairs will qualify for MP Pairs Gold final, whereas pairs ranked 27-52 will play in the MP Pairs Silver final. The rest of the Elimination-3 qualifiers will be seeded to the IMP Pairs final. The Open Pairs Final will be played over two sessions with the Barometer Howell movement (28 Pairs, 54 Boards). Winners will be awarded the ‘Neena Bonarji Trophy’.

  • IMP Pairs is a two-day event. The elimination round consists of three sessions of 18 Boards each on the fifth day. IMP pairs final will be played over two sessions of 24 Boards each. Non-qualifiers will be eligible to play IMP Pairs Strata II.

 

HCL International Bridge championship did not take place in 2020, owing to the pandemic. It was organized virtually the following year in 2021, with the same level of participation like its previous editions.

 

About HCL

Founded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies – HCL Infosystems, HCLTech and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over US $11.8 Billion with more than 211,000 employees from 140 nationalities operating across 52 countries.  For further information, visit www.hcl.com 

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