Sep 18, 2021
Over 900 players and 130 teams from 10 countries will compete for a total prize purse of Rs. 20 lakhs
Saturday, September 18, 2021, New Delhi: HCL, a leading global conglomerate today announced the commencement of the 18th HCL International Bridge Championship. The nine-day Championship is being held virtually, given the COVID-19 pandemic, on the Real Bridge platform. This year, the championship will witness participation from 130 teams with over 900 players from 10 countries including UK, Russia, Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh, UAE, Malaysia, Argentina, Thailand and India. The Championship is offering a total prize purse of Rs. 20 Lakhs and is being held under the auspices of the Bridge Federation of India.
The Championship consists of three main events including – ‘Team of Four Gold’, ‘Team of Four Silver’, and ‘Team of Four Bronze’. In the pair event, the Championship will host two different events including ‘Open Pairs’, and ‘IMP Pairs’.
The annual HCL International Bridge Championship is taking place after a gap of a year. As one of the most awaited Bridge events in the country, it is witnessing participation from top teams and players from India and abroad. Leading international players include a team of six from Russia (Jevgenij Antonov, Andrey Gromov, Anna Gulevich, Vadim Kholomeev, Yury Khiuppenen & Tatiana Ponomareva) and a team of young players from UK (Tim Leslie, Oliver Burgess, Michael Bell, Ben Norton, Michael Byrne, Kieren Dyke). A total of seven different teams from Indonesia are participating in the Championship. From India, the leading teams include Formidables led by Mrs. Kiran Nadar (from HCL), Dhampur Sugar Mills, Shree Cement & Texanaces. 12-year-old Anshul Bhatt from team Avengers is the youngest player at the Championship this year.
Speaking about the Championship, Ms. Kiran Nadar, Director, HCL Corporation, an acclaimed Bridge player and 2018 Asian Games Bridge Medallist, said, “Bridge is a mind sport and with about 750 trillion possible hands, it can help improve reasoning skills and both long and short-term memory. We have seen a sort of revival for the sport during the pandemic as the tech platforms to play bridge are attracting more and more younger players taking to the sport. I am delighted that the 18th HCL International Bridge Championship has seen the same level of enthusiasm in a virtual format as in our physical events. I want to welcome all players who are joining us virtually from around the globe to compete in the Championship and I am quite looking forward to some exciting matches over the next nine days.”
The 2019 HCL International Bridge Championship (17th edition) had a prize purse of Rs. 180 lakh and witnessed a record participation of nearly 1000 players from 185 Teams (55 in Gold, 102 in Silver & 28 in Bronze).
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For the schedule and other details related to the 18th HCL International Bridge championship, please visit https://hcl-bridge.com/
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