Lohia Memorial at Kanpur 201428th Seth Sriniwas Lohia Memorial Bridge Tournament took place at Ganges Club, Kanpur from February 28 - March 1, 2014. Apart from main duplicate and pairs event there was a silver event on day 2 for non qualifiers. A consolation IMP pairs also took place on day 2. Sri Ranju Bhattacharya was CTD ably assisted by Sri Gora Roy Chaudhary, Sri Kamal Agarwal. This year's format allowed everyone to play till 3 days which should be the consideration in any major event in these days of high entry fee. The Lohia tournament organisers provide breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & dinner which eases burden on the participants in these days of high food cost and inflation. Hopefully they would maintain this tradition in future.
41 teams took part in the duplicate event and played 9 rounds of 8 boards of swiss league to determine 7 qualifiers and one best local team for the quarter finals. 25-0 scale was used for scoring.Dhampur Sugar Mills (Ashok Goel, Sumit Mukherjee, Bhabesh Saha, KR Venkataraman, P Kushari) with 178 VPs, topped the swiss league. 114 Kolkata (A Sarkar, Manas Mukerjee, Rana Roy, AN Banerjee, Swarnendu Banerjee, Prasun Mukherjee) - 168, May Meera Sneha (Sukamal Das, Pranab Roy, Sankar Acharya, Sameer Basak, Debabrata Majumdar, Vijay Goel) - 165, Safron, Kolkata (Badal Das, Kajal Das, Pinaki Khan, S Bhomick, S Das) - 157, Lucknow Blue ( MA Khan, NC Bhattacharya, GN Mehrotra, NN Rastogi, NN Rastogi, Mukul Gupta, SA Abbasi) - 156, Tarkeshwar Bridge Club (S Mondal, P Mondal, BS Roy, K Ghosh, N Porel, S Mailj) - 153, Big Boss Hooghly (GK Basu, AK Hazra, A Ghosh, R Jain, M Das) - 152 & KDBP, Kanpur ( Khetrapal, DC Prahladka, Brig. Budhwar, Dr Dubey, Mrs Dubey) - 127 were other teams to qualify.In 10*2 Quarter finals Dhampur defeated KDBP, Maya Meera defeated Big Boss, 114 defeated Tarkeshwar & Lucknow Blue defeated Safron. In 10*2 Semi Finals Dhampur beat Lucknow Blue & Maya Meera edged out 114. In 12*4 Finals Dhampur emerged as winners. The winners were awarded Seth Sriniwas Lohia Memorial Trophy.
Prizes were also given to teams ranked 8-9 in swiss league. These teams were Combination & Bridge Friends.
There was an appeal case in SF where Ashok Goel (South for convenience) psyched 1 Spade response on partner's 1 Heart opening holding doubleton Spade and 6 carder heart and 1 or 2 HCPs. West had 23 points and made take out double and passed partner's 2 Diamond response. A cold 4 Spade by EW was missed. The appeal was not well written but committee decided that inspite of psych West didnt have a pass over 2 Diamond and should have bid 3 Hearts which would have exposed psych as his partner was void in Hearts. A lesson for all bridge players is that they should know minimum gadgets. West before passing should have enquired what North's pass meant, whether they were playing support redoubles as North had 3 carder Spade and if playing what would be the cases when they would not use support redouble also whether Spade response promised 4 card or 5 card. If you dont do this at table you lose all your rights and in all circumstances appeal would go against you. I'm for no moment accusing NS of cheating but this can be termed as sharp tactic as nromally nobody fills convention card in such tournaments. But the fact remains that EW couldnt handle baby psych.
98 pairs played pairs event in two session on final day with seond session being played with computer dealt deals. Kingshuk Bhattacharya & Prasun Mukherjee won the trophy with 1076.92 score. The other prize winners were - SM Moin & Sunil Kumar, AN Banerjee & R Roy, BN Batra & SC Bhandari, Prabir Paul & Hasibul Hasan, Nobin Porel & S Mondal, TP Khare & Anisul Haq, Vijay Goel & Abhijit Chakraborty, RP Das & SN Ghosh, OP Tiwari & RS Misra.
RK Newatia Trophy
All non qualifiers of duplicate could play Silver event where 6 rounds of swiss league of 8 boards were played. 36 teams took part in the event. The winners were Rajjan, Allahabad. Other prize winners were Zugzawang, MK Mehta, Vijay Kumar, Arnab's IV & MB Club Lucknow.