HCL - Overview

The 15th HCL International Bridge Championship will be held from September 12- 17, 2017. The championship will have the following:

  • The 'Naresh Tandan Trophy' for the winners of Team of Four Gold event
  • The 'Mohini Tandan Trophy' for the winners of Team of Four Silver event
  • The 'Neena Bonarji Trophy' for the winners of Open Pairs event

FORMAT

FORMAT
  • Team of Four Gold Event is open to all. The qualifying round consists of Swiss League of 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each on first two days. The top 16 teams after 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 3 sessions of 14 Boards each.
  • 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). There can be no more than two National Masters (according to BFI master point scheme, points updated upto 31st August 2017) ranked players in a team and they should not play together. The qualifying round consists of Swiss League of 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each on first two days. The top 16 teams after 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 3 sessions of 14 Boards each.
  • 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. There are 3 eliminations consisting of 3 sessions of 18 Boards each. Top 26 pairs along with 2 sponsored pairs will qualify for the final. The Open Pairs Final will be played over two sessions with Barometer Howell movement (28 Pairs, 54 Boards).
  • Swiss Pairs Event is a one day event for non-qualifiers of Open Pairs event. Swiss Pairs event will be played over 8 Rounds of 6 Boards each.
  • IMP Pairs Event is a two day event. The elimination round consists of 3 sessions of 18 Boards each on 5th day. IMP pairs final will be played over 2 sessions of 24 Boards each.
  • IMP Pairs Strata-II Event is a one day event for non-qualifiers of other events. It will be played over two sessions of 22 Boards each.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

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).

Time in Hours Activity
0930 – 1000 Director's Announcements & Draw for Team of Four Events
Note: There will be 2 parallel Team events in Gold & Silver groups. There can be no more than 2 "National Master" ranked players in Silver event and they should not be playing together.
 TEAM OF FOUR GOLD & SILVER – SWISS LEAGUE (5 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
1000 – 1130 Round 1
1145 – 1315 Round 2
1315– 1430 Lunch Break
1430 – 1600 Round 3
1615 – 1745 Round 4
1745– 1815 Tea Break
1815–1945 Round 5
Time in Hours Activity
TEAM OF FOUR GOLD & SILVER – SWISS LEAGUE Continues (5 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
1000 – 1130 Round 6
1145 – 1315 Round 7
1315– 1430 Lunch Break
1430 – 1600 Round 8
1615 – 1745 Round 9
1745– 1815 Tea Break
1815–1945 Round 10
Note: Top 16 teams to Qualify for Pre-QF knock out after 10 Rounds of Swiss League
Time in Hours Activity
TEAM OF FOUR GOLD & SILVER – KO Pre-Quarter Finals (4*14 boards)
1000 – 1200 Session 1
1215 – 1415 Session 2
1415 – 1515 Lunch Break
1515 – 1715 Session 3
1715 – 1745 Tea Break
1745 – 1945 Session 4
OPEN MP PAIRS – ELIMINATION 1 (3 Sessions of 18 Boards each)
1030 – 1300 Session 1
1300 – 1400 Lunch Break
1400 – 1630 Session 2
1630 – 1700 Tea Break
1700 – 1930 Session 3
Time in Hours Activity
TEAM OF FOUR GOLD & SILVER – KO Quarter Finals (4 * 14 boards)
1000 – 1200 Session 1
1215 – 1415 Session 2
1415 – 1515 Lunch Break
1515 – 1715 Session 3
1715 – 1745 Tea Break
1745 – 1945 Session 4
OPEN MP PAIRS – ELIMINATION 2 (3 Sessions of 18 Boards each)
1030 – 1300 Session 1
1300 – 1400 Lunch Break
1400 – 1630 Session 2
1630 – 1700 Tea Break
1700 – 1930 Session 3
SWISS PAIRS EVENT (8 Rounds of 6 Boards each)
1045– 1330 Round 1 to Round 3
1330– 1430 Lunch Break
1430– 1715 Round 4 to Round 6
1715– 1745 Tea Break
1745– 1930 Round 7 to Round 8
2000 Onwards Cocktails & Dinner (Hosted by HCL)
Time in Hours Activity
TEAM OF FOUR GOLD & SILVER – KO Semi Finals (4*14 boards)
1000 – 1200 Session 1
1215 – 1415 Session 2
1415 – 1515 Lunch Break
1515 – 1715 Session 3
1715 – 1745 Tea Break
1745 – 1945 Session 4
OPEN MP PAIRS – ELIMINATION 3 and IMP PAIRS - ELIMINATION (3 Sessions of 18 Boards each)
1030 – 1300 Session 1
1300 – 1400 Lunch Break
1400 – 1630 Session 2
1630 – 1700 Tea Break
1700 – 1930 Session 3
Time in Hours Activity
TEAM OF FOUR GOLD & SILVER – Finals (4*14 boards) & Play-off (3*14 boards)
0900 – 1100 Session 1
1115 – 1315 Session 2
1315 – 1400 Lunch Break
1400 – 1600 Session 3
1610 – 1810 Session 4
OPEN MP PAIRS – FINAL (54 Boards in 2 Sessions)
0930 – 1300 Session 1
1300– 1400 Lunch Break
1400– 1745 Session 2
IMP PAIRS – Final (2 Sessions of 24 Boards each)
1000 – 1330 Session 1
1330– 1430 Lunch Break
1430– 1745 Session 2
IMP PAIRS Strata – II (2 Sessions of 22 Boards each)
1030 – 1330 Session 1
1330– 1430 Lunch Break
1430– 1730 Session 2
1830 Prize Distribution & Closing Ceremony

Systems

Systems

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.

WBF system policy shall be followed throughout the tournament. The Brown Sticker Conventions are not allowed in the Swiss League Stage of Team of Four Event and in Elimination Stage of Pairs events. The pairs employing Brown Sticker Conventions in the knock-out stage of Team Events must submit their convention with written defense to the CTD before the start of the last round of Swiss League Stage. Multi 2D is allowed, provided a written defense against the convention is provided to the opponents before the start of the round.

Psyche of a conventional bid is not permitted at any stage of any event. Psyches are not permitted during Swiss League Stage of Team of Four Silver Event and Elimination 1 and 2 stage of Open Pairs event.

Applicable Supplemental Conditions of Contest


Important Notes

Systems
  • No entry for the team event will be accepted after the stipulated closing time of 2000 hrs on Monday, September 11, 2017. All Teams, especially outstation teams, are advised to inform about their entries in advance to one of the following:
    Subhash Gupta - Tel: +91 9811079843 Email: sgupta07@rediffmail.com or guptas0007@gmail.com
    TC Pant - Tel: +91 9811094407 Email: tcpant@hotmail.com
    Sudhir Aggarwal – Tel: +91 9810100361 Email: sgaggarwal@gmail.com
    Srinivasan – Tel: +91 9974164676 Email: cardpacker@gmail.com
  • Sponsor will have a quota of 2 Pairs, directly seeded to the Pairs Final.
  • Participating players are required to take their seats as per the program; failure to do so will result in penalty.
  • Displaying of properly filled convention cards at the table is compulsory. Copies of blank Convention cards will be made available at the venue.
  • Players will be provided Lunch at the venue. Tea /coffee and snacks during scheduled tea breaks, will also be provided.
  • Players are requested not to bring Tea/Coffee/Cold drinks/Lunch at the playing arena.
  • For assistance in hotel accommodation, please contact SPOC's of Hotels as mentioned on the accomodation page here.
  • The applicable Conditions of Contest (COC) will be circulated before start of the tournament. Tournament will follow the WBF - 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge.
  • The organizing committee has the right to change the tournament schedule and format, if required.
  • Registration will also be opened online (click here) and the entry fees will be collected through an online payment gateway till September 11, 12 noon.
  • All prize money will be credited to the winner's bank account within 15-20 days of the final day of the tournament.