HCL - Overview

The 17th HCL International Bridge Championship will be held from August 05 - 10, 2019. 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). A team can have only one "National Master and above" level player (according to BFI master point scheme, points updated upto 31st July 2019). 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 Bronze Event is open to Indian Bridge players only. A team can have maximum 2 players with a maximum of 200 Total MPs (Federation & Local inclusive) to their credit and the remaining players should not have more than 100 Total MPs (according to BFI master point scheme, points updated upto 31st July 2019). The qualifying round consists of Swiss League of 10 Rounds of 10 Boards each on first two days. The top 8 teams after Swiss League will advance to the knock-out stage. The QF and SF matches will be played over 3 sessions of 10 Boards each. The Final will be played over 4 sessions of 12 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 from Elimination-3 round of MP Pairs along with 2 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 Barometer Howell movement (28 Pairs, 54 Boards).
  • MP Pairs Strata-II Event is a one day event for non-qualifiers of Open Pairs event. It will be played over two sessions of 24 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
There will be 3 parallel team events in Gold, Silver & Bronze groups. See the criteria for Silver & Bronze category participation in the "Notes for Participants".
TEAM OF FOUR SILVER & BRONZE EVENTS – SWISS LEAGUE (5 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
0930 – 1000Director's Announcements & Draw
1000 – 1130 Round 1
1145 – 1315 Round 2
1315– 1415 Lunch Break
1415 – 1545 Round 3
1600 – 1730 Round 4
1730 – 1800 Tea Break
1800 – 1930 Round 5
 TEAM OF FOUR GOLD EVENT – SWISS LEAGUE (5 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
1000 – 1030 Director's Announcements & Draw
1030 – 1200 Round 1
1215 – 1345 Round 2
1345 – 1445 Lunch Break
1445 – 1615 Round 3
1630 – 1800 Round 4
1800 – 1830 Tea Break
1830 – 2000 Round 5
Time in Hours Activity
TEAM OF FOUR SILVER & BRONZE EVENTS – SWISS LEAGUE Continues (5 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
1000 – 1130 Round 6
1145 – 1315 Round 7
1315– 1415 Lunch Break
1415 – 1545 Round 8
1600 – 1730 Round 9
1730 – 1800 Tea Break
1800 – 1930 Round 10
TEAM OF FOUR GOLD EVENT – SWISS LEAGUE Continues (5 Rounds of 10 Boards each)
1030 – 1200 Round 6
1215 – 1345 Round 7
1345 – 1445 Lunch Break
1445 – 1615 Round 8
1630 – 1800 Round 9
1800 – 1830 Tea Break
1830 – 2000 Round 10
2000 - 2030 Captain's meet for the Top 16 qualifying teams of the GOLD & SILVER event for Pre-QF knock out and for Top 8 qualifying teams of Bronze event for QF knock out
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
TEAM OF FOUR BRONZE – KO Quarter Finals (3*10 Boards)
1000 – 1120 Session 1
1130 – 1250 Session 2
1300 – 1420 Session 3
TEAM OF FOUR BRONZE – KO Semi Finals (3*10 Boards)
1515 – 1635 Session 1
1650– 1810 Session 2
1825 – 1945 Session 3
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
2000 Onwards Cocktails & Dinner (Hosted by HCL)
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
TEAM OF FOUR BRONZE – Final (4*12 Boards)
1015 – 1155 Session 1
1210 – 1350 Session 2
1350 – 1450 Lunch Break
1450 – 1630 Session 3
1630 – 1700 Tea Break
1700 – 1840 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
MP PAIRS STRATA II (2 Sessions of 24 Boards each)
1100 – 1415 Session 1
1415 – 1515 Lunch Break
1515 – 1830 Session 2
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 (GOLD & SILVER) – Barometer Scoring
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 2019 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 and artificial strong bid is not permitted at any stage of any event. Psyches are not permitted during Swiss League Stage of Team of Four Silver& Bronze Events and Elimination 1 & 2 stage of Open Pairs Event.


Important Notes

Systems
  • In SILVER event, a team can have only one "National Master" level player. A player above the rank of "National Master" will not be allowed to participate in the Silver event.
  • All foreign teams will participate in the GOLD event only unless tournament committee allows their participation in other category.
  • For participation in the BRONZE event, a team can have maximum 2 players with a maximum of 200 Total MPs (Federation & Local inclusive) to their credit and the remaining players should not have more than 100 Total MPs.
  • Tournament Committee has the rights to reject a player's entry to bronze event, in case it is found that the player is experienced enough in bridge circle but wants to participate in the category just because he / she is fulfilling the 0-200 MPs criteria.
  • The Bronze event will be played only if there are a minimum of 24 teams participating in the event. In case the number is less than 24, 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 MPs to be considered for participation in the Silver & Bronze events will be as on 31st July 2019.
  • No entry for team event will be accepted after the stipulated closing time of 2000 hrs on Tuesday, August 2, 2019.
    All teams are advised to register their entries in advance on website. The following persons can be contacted for any clarification:
    Subhash Gupta - Tel: +91 9811079843 Email: sgupta07@rediffmail.com or guptas0007@gmail.com
    T.C.Pant - Tel: +91 9811094407 Email: tcpant@hotmail.com
    Sudhir Aggarwal - Tel: +91 9810100361 Email: sgaggarwal@gmail.com
    Srinivasan Iyengar - Tel: +91 9974164676 Email: cardpacker@gmail.com
  • Closing time for MP Pairs entries is 1430 hrs on Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Closing time for MP Pairs STRATA II entries is 2030 hrs on Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Closing time for IMP Pairs entries is 2030 hrs on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
  • Closing time for IMP Pairs STRATA II entries is 2030 hrs on Friday, August 9, 2019.
  • Sponsor will have a quota of 2 Pairs, 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.
  • 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 inside 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 deemed necessary.
  • All prize money will be credited to the winner bank accounts within 15-20 days of the final day of the tournament.