August 20, 2015, New Delhi: HCL today announced the 13th HCL Bridge Championship to be held from August 20-23, 2015 in New Delhi. Around 400 bridge players will be participating including 75-80 teams in the tournament that will span over four days and will be held at Hotel Country Inn in Sahibabad.
The HCL Bridge Tournament was launched 12 years ago and currently is the largest prize money tournament in bridge in India. Total prize money for the tournament is Rs 16 lakhs across various categories.
The tournament has seen participation from several international teams in the past including South Asian teams like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and other commonwealth countries like Australia, South Africa, Canada and England.
A team consists of a minimum of 4 players and a maximum of 6 players. The current tournament will see participation from members of Indian contingent at the World Bridge Championship in various team games. Participating teams include Team Formidable captained by Mrs. Kiran Nadar, Dhampur Sugar Mills, Bangur Cement, Poddar Developers, Team Arun Jain and Team Aristos, among others.
Announcing the tournament, Kiran Nadar, Director, HCL Corporation and an international bridge player, said, “Bridge is a mind game that demands strong strategic focus and quick decision-making abilities. This resonates very well with a knowledge-intensive organization like HCL and this make Bridge a natural fit for HCL. Additionally, bridge needs organized support for the game to be played in the future and HCL stands committed to the game. We hope to make HCL Bridge Tournament larger in future with increased international participation.