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HCL International Bridge Championship 2021

18th September to 26th September 2021

The 18TH HCL Online International Bridge Championship will be held from 18th September to 26th September 2021. The championship will have the following:

  • Naresh Tandan Trophy

    The 'Naresh Tandan Trophy' for the winners of Team of Four Gold event.

  • Mohini Tandan Trophy

    The 'Mohini Tandan Trophy' for the winners of Team of Four Silver event.

  • HCL Rising Stars Trophy

    The 'HCL Rising Stars Trophy' for the winners of Team of Four Bronze event.

  • Neena Bonarji Trophy

    The 'Neena Bonarji Trophy' for the winners of Open Pairs event.

format

  • Team of Four Gold
    Team of Four Gold Event is open to all.
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    The qualifying round consists of Swiss League of 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each on first two days.

  • Team of Four Silver
    Team of Four Silver Event is open to Indian Bridge players (participation of Foreign teams in this event is subject to clearance by Technical Committee).
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    A team can have only one "National Master and above" level player

  • Team of Four Bronze
    Team of Four Bronze Event is open to Indian Bridge players only.
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    A team can have maximum 2 players with a maximum of 200 Total MPs

  • Open Pairs
    Open Pairs Event is a match pointed pairs event which will start on third day of the tournament and will be played over 4 days.
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    There are 3 eliminations consisting of 3 sessions of 18 Boards each.

  • IMP Pairs
    IMP Pairs Event is a two day event.
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    The elimination round consists of 3 sessions of 18 Boards

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

The tournament format and time schedules are subject to change, before or during the championship, and at the discretion of the organizing committee. This decision will be taken in consultation with the Chief Tournament Director (CTD).

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Team of Four Gold and Silver Event – SWISS LEAGUE (Total 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
11:30-12:45 Round 1
Random Draw
14:00-15:15 Round 2
Actual Draw
15:45-17:00 Round 3
Actual Draw
17:30-18:45 Round 4
Actual Draw
19:15-20:30 Round 5
Actual Draw
Team of Four Bronze Event – SWISS LEAGUE (Total 9 Rounds of 8 Boards each)
10:00-11:15 Round 1
Random Draw
11:30-12:45 Round 2
Actual Draw
14:00-15:15 Round 3
Actual Draw
15:30-16:45 Round 4
Actual Draw
17:00-18:15 Round 5
Actual Draw
18:30-19:45 Round 6
Actual Draw
Team of Four Gold and Silver Event – SWISS LEAGUE (Total 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
11:30-12:45 Round 6
Actual Draw
14:00-15:15 Round 7
Actual Draw
15:45-17:00 Round 8
Actual Draw
17:30-18:45 Round 9
Actual Draw
19:15-20:30 Round 10
Actual Draw
Note: The TOP 16 teams each from Gold / Silver event will qualify for the last-16 stage, after playing the Swiss league of 10 rounds
Team of Four Bronze Event – SWISS LEAGUE (Total 9 Rounds of 8 Boards each)
10:00-11:15 Round 7 Actual Draw 11:30-12:45 Round 8 Actual Draw 13:45-15:00 Round 9 Actual Draw
Note: The TOP 2 teams from Bronze event will qualify for Finals after playing the Swiss league of 9 rounds.
Team of Four Bronze Event – Finals (3 x 8 Boards)
15:30-16:45 BRONZE Final
Session-1
(Boards 1 - 8)
17:00-18:15BRONZE Final
Session-2
(Boards 9 - 16)
18:30-19:45BRONZE Final
Session-3
(Boards 17 - 24)
Pre-Quarter Finals of GOLD / SILVER TEAMS (4 x 10 Boards)
14:30-15:50 GOLD / SILVER
PQF Session-1
Boards (1 - 10)
16:05-17:25 GOLD / SILVER
PQF Session-2
Boards (11 - 20)
17:40-19:00 GOLD / SILVER
PQF Session-3
Boards (21 - 30)
19:15-20:35 GOLD / SILVER
PQF Session-4
Boards (31 - 40)
Note: The pairs of losing Gold / Silver PQF teams will be playing in the 1st elimination round of MP Pairs.
Quarter Finals of GOLD / SILVER TEAMS (4 x 10 Boards)
14:30-15:50GOLD / SILVER
QF Session-1
Boards (1 - 10)
16:05-17:25GOLD / SILVER
QF Session-2
Boards (11 - 20)
17:40-19:00GOLD / SILVER
QF Session-3
Boards (21 - 30)
19:15-20:35GOLD / SILVER
QF Session-4
Boards (31 - 40)
OPEN MP Pairs – Elimination-1 (2 x 24 Boards)
18:30-21:30 Match Point Pairs – S1 of Elimination-1
(24 Boards)
Semi Finals of GOLD / SILVER TEAMS (4 x 10 Boards)
14:30-15:50 GOLD / SILVER
SF Session-1
Boards (1 - 10)
16:05-17:25 GOLD / SILVER
SF Session-2
Boards (11 - 20)
17:40-19:00 GOLD / SILVER
SF Session-3
Boards (21 - 30)
19:15-20:35 GOLD / SILVER
SF Session-4
Boards (31 - 40)
OPEN MP Pairs – Elimination-1 (2 x 24 Boards)
18:30-21:30 Match Point Pairs – S2 of Elimination-1
(24 Boards)
Note: Approx. 40-50% of pairs will qualify from Elim-1 to Elim-2 round. The pairs of losing Gold / Silver QF teams can join the MP Pairs event in Elim-2.
OPEN MP Pairs – Elimination-2 (2 x 24 Boards)
18:30-21:30 Match Point Pairs – S1 of Elimination-2
(24 Boards)
Final / Play-off of GOLD / SILVER TEAMS (4 x 12 Boards)
13:30-15:05 GOLD / SILVER Teams
Final / Play-off-S1 Boards
Boards (1 - 12)
15:20-16:55 GOLD / SILVER Teams
Final / Play-off-S2 Boards
Boards (13- 24)
17:10-18:45 GOLD / SILVER Teams
Final / Play-off-S3 Boards
Boards (25 - 36)
19:00-20:35 GOLD / SILVER Teams
Final / Play-off-S4 Boards
Boards (37 - 48)
Note: Pairs from Team Final / Play-off matches will be seeded to Elim-3 of Open Pairs in case their entry is recd before start of the Pair event. See SCoC for details
OPEN MP Pairs – Elimination-2 (2 x 24 Boards)
18:30-21:30Match Point Pairs – S2 of Elimination-2
(24 Boards)
Note: Approx. 40-50% of pairs will qualify from elim-2 to elim-3 round (Max 84 Pairs including seeded pairs from Team Final / Play-off of Gold / Silver would play).
OPEN MP Pairs – Elimination-3 (2 x 24 Boards)
11:00-14:00Match Point Pairs – S1 of Elimination-3
(24 Boards)
15:30-18:30 Match Point Pairs – S2 of Elimination-3
(24 Boards)
Note: The TOP 27 Pairs from elimination-3 will qualify for final of Match Point Pairs (GOLD) and Pairs ranked 28th to 55th (28 pairs) will qualify for final of Match Point Pairs (SILVER). The remaining pairs will qualify to play in the IMP Pairs final. See SCoC for details.
IMP Pairs – Elimination (3 x 18 Boards)
11:00-13:30IMP Pairs – S1 of Elimination
(18 Boards)
14:30-17:00IMP Pairs – S2 of Elimination
(18 Boards)
18:00-20:30IMP Pairs – S3 of Elimination
(18 Boards)
Note: Approx. 40% of pairs from elimination round will qualify to IMP Pairs Final.
OPEN MP Pairs – Final (Max 28 Pairs in each Gold/Silver — All Play All — 54 Boards)
11:00-13:30Match Point Pairs Final
(Gold / Silver) – Session 1
(18 Boards)
14:30-17:00 Match Point Pairs Final
(Gold / Silver) – Session 2
(18 Boards)
18:00-20:30Match Point Pairs Final
(Gold / Silver) – Session 3
(18 Boards)
IMP Pairs – Final (3 x 18 Boards)
11:00-13:30IMP Pairs – S1 of Final
(18 Boards)
14:30-17:00IMP Pairs – S2 of Final
(18 Boards)
18:00-20:30IMP Pairs – S3 of Final
(18 Boards)

SYSTEM

The tournament will follow the WBF 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge as amended from time to time. The Applicable Supplemental Conditions of Contest shall be circulated before the start of the tournament.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • All participating players should be registered under BFI Master Point Scheme, except the foreign players, who will be assigned a dummy Player ID for the event.
  • IMPORTANT – This is a Ranking Point event and hence performance in the Gold Teams / Open MP Pairs will be eligible for Ranking Points for Indian Teams selection, as per the BFI Ranking Point Policy 2021.
  • Participation in this tournament is open to all resident bridge players of Indian Nationality. Teams with one or more non-resident or OCI card holder Indian bridge player(s) or players of other NBO's of foreign nationality are also eligible to participate.
  • However, the non-resident Indian / OCI Card holder Indian / foreign player(s) or an Indian resident player partnering a non-resident Indian / OCI card holder Indian/ foreign player will not be eligible for the ranking points from this tournament. In case, if the non-resident / OCI card holder / foreign player has played with 2 or more Indian partners in the team event, then all of them will be ineligible for the ranking points.
  • In case there are more than one pair of non-resident Indian / OCI Card holder Indian / foreign player playing for a team in the team event, the whole team will be disallowed any ranking points.
  • In a ranking point Pairs event, an Indian resident player partnering a non-resident Indian / OCI card holder / foreign player will not be eligible for the Ranking points for the event. However, they will be eligible for the prize.
  • Teams participating in "Team of Four" event in Gold / Silver categories can have a minimum of four and maximum of 8 players in the team.
  • A participant can play in only one of the Team events out of Gold / Silver / Bronze event. Tournament Committee will take strict action against anyone found playing simultaneously in 2 team events by ejecting the player from the tournament.
  • In Silver Team event, maximum two player in the team can be of the rank of National Masters (having minimum 500 Federation points) but below Life Master (i.e. below 1000 Federation points). They can play as team "Mentors" but both cannot play in a partnership. Rest of the players should be below the rank of National Master.
  • By default a foreign team has to play in Gold category only. A foreign team or a foreign player(s) can participate in Silver Team event, only after getting clearance from the Technical Committee.
  • For all team events, it is mandatory for each player to play a minimum 25% of the boards at each stage of the tournament. See SCoC for more details.
  • There is no rank restriction for participation in Open MP / IMP Pairs.
  • TRIOS are not allowed in any of the Pairs event.
  • All the events will be played on RealBridge / BridgeMagic platform. For playing on RealBridge /BridgeMagic platform, players have to ensure that they have a laptop / desktop, I-pads or PC with Camera & Microphone facility and a good internet connection. This is a mandatory condition and players should ascertain that they are equipped with the required paraphernalia before entering the event. It may please be noted that you can't play the event on mobile phone.
  • Teams participating in "Team of Four" event in Bronze categories can have a minimum of four and maximum of 6 players in the team. No foreign player(s) will be allowed to participate in Bronze event.
  • In Bronze event, only two players having up to 100 Master points and rest of the players with up to 50 Master Points will be allowed. The players must not have participated in Gold or Silver event of any prior HCL annual tournament. If a player qualifies on these criteria, but technical committee believes him/her to be an experienced player, he/she may be advised to play silver or gold event by the committee.
  • The Bronze event will be played only if there are a minimum of 12 teams participating in the event. In case the number is less than 12, the participating teams of Bronze category will be merged with the Silver event and no separate prizes for the bronze event will be given.
  • The Master Points to be considered for participation in the Silver & Bronze events will be as on 15th Sep 2021.
  • Entries for all events will start from 1st Sep 2021 on Tournament web site www.hcl-bridge.com.
  • The organizer (HCL) will have a quota of 1 Pair, directly seeded to the MP Pairs GOLD Final.
  • Participating players are required to take their seats as per the program; failure to do so will result in penalty.
  • Properly filled convention card (in format similar to WBF Convention Card) for a partnership is compulsory. CTD may like to see it if required or ask you to deposit it electronically.
  • The organizing committee has the right to change the tournament schedule and format, if deemed necessary.
  • All prize money will be credited to the winner's personal bank account within 15-20 days of the final day of the tournament.