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Day 7, 3rd October, 2015 Report from World Team Championship at Chennai (Data courtesy WBF Result Page)

Quarter Final Line up

Bermuda Bowl: Bulgaria vs Sweden, China vs USA2, Poland vs France, England vs USA1

D'Orsi Trophy: USA1 vs Norway, Australia vs Sweden, Ireland vs USA2, Poland vs England

Venice Cup: Denmark vs France, USA2 vs China, USA1 vs England, Italy vs Netherlands

European nations and USA dominate quarter finalists in all the 3 categories. 5 EBL teams (out of quota of 6 in Open & Women, 7 in Seniors) and both USA teams have qualified. Australia in Seniors and China in Open and Women categories have successfully challenged their supremacy.

At the end of full league in Bermuda Bowl following 8 teams qualified:1. Bulgaria (Diyan Danailov, Rossen Gunov, Vladimir Mihov, Ivan Nanev, Jerry Stamatov, Julian Stefanov)-277.74, 2. China - 274.9, 3. Poland - 267.87, 4. England - 267.18, 5. France - 256.68, 6. USA1- 243.67, 7. USA2 - 236.56, 8. Sweden - 225.18. India (Subir Majumdar, Gopinath Manna, AN Banerjee, Rana Roy, Sumit Mukherjee, Debabrata Majumdar) - 218.69 finished 12th. It was a close call for last place in QF. If Indians had a better game against Canada today they could have come closer to qualification where last place went for less than 11 average mainly because some of the top 8 teams were playing each other in the last round.

Following 8 teams qualified in D'Orsi trophy:1. USA1 (Reese Milner, Hemant Lall, Zia Mahmood, Michael Rosenberg, Bob Hamman, Mark Lair) - 298.89, 2. Australia - 286.81, 3. Ireland - 280.95, 4. Poland - 273.84, 5. England - 259.93, 6. USA2 - 255.12, 7. Norway - 253.27, 8. Sweden - 250.41. India (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Alok Sadhu, Badal Das, Sunil Machhar, R Krishnan) - 224.95 finished 11th.

Following 8 teams qualified in Venice Cup: 1. Denmark (Nadia Bekkauche, Lone Bilde, Anne Sofie Houlberg, Christina Lund Madsen, Maria Marit Rahelt, Helle Rasmussen) - 304.11, 2. USA2 - 288.03, 3. USA1 - 281.05, 4. Italy - 278.87, 5. England - 277.73, 6. China - 274.12, 7. Netherlands - 274.09, 8. France - 266.55. India (Hema Deora, Marianne Karmarkar, Aparna Sain, Firoza Chothia, Pooja Batra, Monica Jajoo) - 91.31 finished 22nd.

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On the day of opening of World Team Championship WBF withdraws invitation to a top pair from Poland.

My editorial comment: A few years back I read a deal eulogising this pair where a penalty double was made by this pair from the cards holding junk. I was very surprised as it wasnt in matchpoints and was under game call double which they took 2 or 3 down. I think some justice now has been done to those who suffered.

Germany becomes 3rd European nation to withdraw from Bermuda Bowl after one of its pairs accepted its unethical behaviour. The pair has offered self imposed punishment which is token if comapred to what has been given to German Doctors in coughing scandal at last Senior World Team Championship. France to replace Germany.

My editorial comment: Though the German pair has pleaded guilty, they are not going to decide quantum of punishment which would be decided by WBF.

Statement from World Bridge Federation

My editorial comment: WBF has taken swift action. We hope that accused would be given fair trial including chance to explain their position. And till that happens one sided media/public trial must stop. I am not a lawyer but know that as a bridge player we pay nearly one US $ to WBF every year and hence believe that WBF has control over individual players also not just Zonal bodies and NBOs. I believe WBF can take control of investigation by itself asking all concerned to send evidences and not wait for NBOs or Zonal bodies to complete their investigation.

Bridge-World rocked by CHEATING ACCUSATIONS

In a major blow to Bridge's Olympic aspirations (one can compare this to Ben Johnson doping scandal of 1988 Seoul Olympics) its World #1 & World #2 players have been accused of using card placement to convey their leads. Their team Monaco has withdrawn from World Team Championship at Chennai. This is after Israeli team has also withdrawn from World Team Championship after one of its pairs have been accused of using unfair means. While there is no conclusive evidence against Israeli pair on their mode of illegal communication, there is video evidence against Monaco pair.The Israeli pair has sued the accuser for defamation. There is no comment from Monaco pair as yet. Names have been withheld here as WBF is yet to investigate. (Reported from various sources on e-mail and courtesy website).

My editorial comment is that while it is very impertive to clean the game and the cheaters have to be punished we must not use hit and run or blackmailing tactics to put our point across. It doesnt take more than some deals in a tournament to tarnish reputations which have been built over years and over thousands of unreported deals so its slightly immature to reveal names without proper investigation just because a few persons feel strongly about certain deals.

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  • Bridge included as Sports in Asian Games 2018

  • Dhampur Seniors (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Alok Sadhu, Badal Das) wins Kr Murli Manohar Memorial at Nainital

  • Maharashtra A (Sunil Machhar, Arun Bapat, Anil Padhye, Suhas Vaidya, Ajay Khare, Rajmohan) wins Inter State Championship at Nagpur

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    74th SC Deb Memorial Tournament at Allahabad 2015

    74th SC Deb Memorial Bridge Tournament took place at Allahabad from September 26-27, 2015. The results are as follows:


    18 pairs took part in the event. The results are as follows:

    1. RK Shukla & BG Verma
    2. OP Tiwari & S Askari
    3. R Bagga & R Bhartiya


    7 teams took part in the event. The results are as follows:

    1. RS Misra, BN Agrawal, SP Sharma & AP Singh
    2. Deepak Chatterjee , SP Srivastava , Shanker Chaterjee, Pintoo Bose

    Courtesy: Sri SP Sharma, Allahabad

    Kr Murli Manohar Memorial at Nainital 2015

    2nd Kr Murli Manohar Memorial Bridge Tournament took place at Naini Retreat, Nainital from September 10-13, 2015. The tournament is sponsored by Sri Ashok Goel & Sri Vijay Goel of Dhampur Sugar Mills in memory of their father. Sri Ranju Bhattacharya was CTD ably assisted by Sri Sanjay Chakraborty. The tournament's format allowed everyone to play for all the 4 days. The tournament is played at a new venue in Nainital which is barely convenient for the guests of the hotel. Those who are staying outside shouldnt consider particpiation especially if they are elderly. One participant had health problem and had to be admitted to hospital in Haldwani. I am not blaming organisers but the hotel is not built in such away that a very big bridge tournament can be organised there without any glitches. The organisers promised improvements but I would not advise elderly bridge players to consider particpation until unless they stay at the venue itself.


    32 teams took part in the duplicate event and played 10 rounds of 10 boards of swiss league to determine 8 qualifiers for he super league. 20-0 scale was used for scoring. The swiss league qualifiers:

    1. Anoop Dhawan (Anoop Dhawan, SK Bandopadhyay, Subhash Gupta, K Bhattacharya, Prasun Mukherjee) - 131.32
    2. Lucknow Blue (Mukul Gupta, SA Abbasi, Virendra Singh, Anil Bansal) - 127.61
    3. Dhampur Sugar Mills A (Pritish Kushari, Bhabesh Saha) - 123.15
    4. Rohit Wrappers (Ajay Vaish, SN De Sarkar, Pranab Bardhan, Pinaki Khan, Kamlesh Gupta) - 123.14
    5. Dhampur Sugar Mills Seniors (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Alok Sadhu, Badal Das) - 122.77
    6. Boat House Club A (Ajay Agarwal, Om Hari Agarwal, Virendra Jhunjhunwala, Arvind Prasad) - 116.63
    7. Arun Jain (Arun Jain, Jaggy Shivdasani, JM Shah, Swarnendu Banerjee, Manas Mukherjee) - 114.96
    8. Boat House Club B (Pradeep Singh, Kr Vijayanand Singh, Sunil Machar, NK Gupta) - 114.56

    The qualifers played super league of 8 boards with common boards. The super league results are:

    1. Dhampur Sugar Mills Seniors - 124.32
    2. Anoop Dhawan - 111.17
    3. Dhampur Sugar Mills A - 109.4
    4. Rohit Wrappers - 99.54
    5. Boat House Club B - 82.77
    6. Boat House Club A - 80
    7. Arun Jain - 75.28
    8. Lucknow Blue - 71.34

    Silver Trophy

    All non qualifiers of duplicate could play Silver event where 7 rounds of swiss league of 8 boards were played. 24 teams took part in the event.The results are as follows:

    1. DM's IV (CP Agarwal, Pulak Garg, RP Bhatnagar, RK Bhatnagar) - 120.94
    2. Mohit Mehta - 106.18
    3. Jesu's IV - 105
    4. SN Chatterjee's IV - 104.35
    5. Arun Duggar - 104.01
    6. Diamond - 103.37


    58 pairs played pairs event in one session on final day with computer dealt deals with IMP scoring. The results are as follows:

    1. RM Gupta & Dr SM Joshi - 56
    2. Pinaki Khan & Kamlesh Gupta - 47
    3. Satyabrat Mukherjee - Abhijit Chakraborty - 44
    4. PR Singh Roy - Ashim Ghosh - 43
    5. Girish Kumar - Ratnesh - 42
    6. Sunil Bhatia - Mukesh Shivdasani - 40

    HCL Bridge Championship at Sahibabad 2015

    HCL Bridge Championship took place at Country Inn & Suites, Sahibabad from August 20-23, 2015. The flagship duplicate event was played in Gold and Silver categories with gold attracting 29 teams and silver 40 teams. Both categories played 8 rounds of swiss league with common boards to determine 16 pre quarter finalists which were divided into 4 groups and played full league to determine top 2 teams to move into knockout stage beginning with QF followed with SF and Finals/ Play off for 3rd place.

    Formidables (Kiran Nadar, B Satyanarayana, B Prabhakar, R Tiwari, Sunit Chokshi, K Ankelsaria) won the duplicate event defeating Dhampur Sugar Mills (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Sumit Mukherjee, Bhabesh Saha, Pritish Kushari) in the 48 board gold final and thus winning Naresh Tandan trophy.

    Dr Sanghi (Dr Sanghi, SM Moin, Sunil, SC Bhandari, Ratnesh, RA Siddiqui) won the Silver event

    Matchpoint pairs for Neena Bonnerji trophy was won by Alok Sadhu & Subrata Saha

    The detailed results including hand records are available at

    It was a pleasure to come to this venue second time in the year after Bhartia event in April..Sudhir Agarwal and TC Pant along with Prithvi Singh managed techincal side flawlessly. Directors led by CTD Ranju Bhattacharya and assisted by SP Sharma, VK Sharma, Narsing Rao & Sanjay Chakraborty did their job efficiently. Chetan Raval did set some good challenging deals reminding me that that the system I was playing with my partner has gaps forcing me to innovate which succeded sometimes but failed at times. Buddy Shah, Meenal Thakur & Pramod Sawant did the BBO work.

    The venue is nice, hospitality is good, format is nice, prize money is good but participation was moderate. I was wondering about this but was told that due to a high level interest in the Transnational event in the World Team Championship at Chennai in September/October some teams opted out. The Indian teams participation in the transnationals has become proportional to our population. A phenomenol 87 teams have registered for it as if this is some kind of pilgrimage. The quality of field of Transnationals would go down several notches and several notches and one can not even discount some unfair tanking by teams who dont have a chance. So in swiss league a last round 20s may just give a few host teams unfair advantage. See the irony. In Indian National events most of the teams dont want to play in more competitive and tough Gold category but those who dont even want to play in Silver want to play in tough international field. I dont expect most of these teams to be in top half and most of the players we have are retired from their professions so there is not even the possibilty of this participation adding to their resume. I think the idea of World Team Championship is not to popularise bridge. There are open events for that. So if you want to give an event to those who dont qualify in the main event you shouldnt be making mockery of serious participation. So you see I am not going for this pilgrimage. My money is hard earned and if I want to play and practice against Indian teams in bottom half there are many Indian tournaments for that where I would have to spend lesser amount. Some would call this sour grapes but this makes me even happier.

    Personally tournament wasnt too bad. Our scratch team exclusively from UP reached PreQF in Silver event which is an achievement in itself given the standards we have.

    An event occurred though which disppointed me and spoiled the fun a bit. I lost my Smartphone on which I had blown Rs 8000 while trying to get down from the metro at Vaishali Metro Station. Vaishali is the last stop and the same Metro goes on return route with huge number of people trying to go get in. It disappoints to see that people dont even follow basic rule of allowing people to get down before they board in. I have seen this happening in the ordinary local trains in Mumbai. It pains me to see that people are in such a hurry even for AC comfort. We as a country have huge population pressure. Metro provides a better way to commute and it is our duty that we maintain it. The metro is there for their own comfort. It pains me to see that even at last stop where metro would take good amount of time as stopage people dont even want to stand in queues. I think we owe each other this much courtesy. Its not just the metro it goes for any other government provided facilities. We may have differences with govt on many things but those facilities provided by govt are our own. Whenever we have any agitation against govt on any minor issues the buses/trains are burnt, public places are vandalised. Our anger is against govt but the facilities are for us only. If we destroy them it would make our life difficult. We are a poor nation where there is resource crunch. If we preserve our public property a lot of money can go into providing amenties for ordinary citizens. If one is angry with a particular govt the best way is to boot that govt out in the next election and ensure that they never come back. Venting anger on public property is not correct. To cut the long story short losing a mobile is a big hassle in modern world especially on move. You are suddenly cut off from everyone and then in our country there is a possibilty of misuse of sim. The govt run mobile company and other operators should have a facility of blocking such sim immediately over phone like what happens with lost credit card. I didnt have iota of time to look around for police station to file fir and had to wait till my return to Lucknow to file an fir in Lucknow becuase of this absurd system. You need to develop a system for this and can charge a little sum towards it at the time of sim issuence. Losing a phone is a very common occurrence and customer and police shouldnt be taxed for it. It is ridiculous to expect police to track down a lost mobile phone. The filing of fir for mobile is pure wastage of their precious time and that is why at times police may be refusing to file fir as it unecessarily have a bearing on crime rate in their area though this doesnt mean petty criminals shouldnt be caught. Police should be alerted if sufferer feels like but that is separate from necessity of fir for blocking or duplicate sim. I think somebody pickpocketed my phone in pushing and shoving as it couldnt have fallen of my jeans front pocket but I simply didnt have time to alert the police. To expect Vaishali police to track it down is a bit too much as the pickpocketer may have run off to or belonged to some other area. The crime couldnt even have been caught on cctv so the fir business is a bit ridiculous. If there had been a queue at Vaishali station I wouldnt have lost my phone. Now moot question is wont somebody ask a question that when mobile was lost in Vaishali, Ghaziabad why the fir is in Lucknow ? Isnt mobile company being misled ? The answer is that isnt my mobile is actually lost and its none of mobile company's business where it was lost. And if they dont accept that I would change my service provider to a one which is more customer friendly.

    45th UP State Bridge Championship at Meerut 2015

    45th UP State Bridge Championship took place at Alexander Club, Meerut from July 31 - August 2, 2015. The event was organised along with 5th Alexander Club Bridge Championship for Northern India. 20 teams including 14 UP teams took part in the Championship. The event was very well organised by Meerut Bridge Association in association with Alexander Club. A lot of credit goes to Alexander club for promoting bridge in this part of UP. Justice BP Singh & Sri CP Agarwal and their team from Meerut Bridge Association put in lot of hard work to make the event a success. Executive Committee of Bridge Association (U.P.) was delighted to give its Organisational Colours to Sri CP Agarwal, Sri Pulak Garg, Sri Rakesh Goel and Sri Sanjay Jain of Meerut Bridge Association. There was good coverage of event in dailies of Meerut. The food was very nice and play progressed without any appeal in very congenial conditions. Sri NK Jain was CTD and was assisted by Sri Sanjay Jain, Sri Rakesh Goel and Sri Pradeep Singh. Sri TC Pant looked after technical work very efficiently.

    From 2012 the UP State Championship was made open to neighbouring states inviting one team each. This year six teams from Delhi took part in the event.

    Rajendra Kumar Gargya Trophy for Best UP Team in Duplicate Event

    20 teams took part in the event and played 8 rounds of swiss league of 8 boards with 20-0 continuous scoring after which 4 teams qualified for SF. Satyam, Delhi topped the swiss league followed by Pradeep's 6, Varanasi. NCL A, Singrauli finished third and Kosmos, Delhi was last team to qualify. In 8*2 SF Pradeep's 6 defeated NCL A and Kosmos defeated Satyam. In 10*2 final Pradeep's 6 bettered Kosmos to win the trophy. Third place play off went to NCL A. The final results are:

    1. Pradeep's 6, Varanasi (Pradeep Anand Singh, Kr Vijayanand Singh, AK Sinha, BN Rastogi, Pankaj Mehta, Indresh Agarwal)
    2. Kosmos, Delhi (TC Pant, Daleep Mutreja, Rajesh Jain, Ravichandran, Anil Bharihoke)
    3. NCL A, Singrauli (Dr Sumit De, Ashoke De, PK Chakraborty, Chinmoy Goswami, JN Chatterjee)
    4. Satyam, Delhi (SK Agarwal, Ved Prakash, YP Punj, SR Malhotra, Col BS Yadav, Madhu Sudan Sharma)

    Pradeep's 6 was also awarded Nimita Agarwal Trophy from Alexander Club for being overall winner.

    Madhava Prasad Trophy for Duplicate Silver Event

    There was a Silver event for non qualifiers of Duplicate event. 16 teams took part in the event. They played swiss league of 4 rounds of 8 boards each with discrete 20-0 scale scoring. The results are as follows:

    1. RS Misra, Allahabad (RS Misra, BN Agarwal, AP Singh, SP Sharma, Jitendra Pandey)
    2. Rajjan, Allahabad (Bal Agarwal, SP Srivastava, Shanker Chatterjee, Deepak Chatterjee, RK Shukla, Pintoo Bose)
    3/4. JK5, Meerut (JK Agarwal, Pulak Garg, Dr Vakul Airan, Ravinder Singh, HK Girdhar)
    3/4. Asha's 5, Delhi (Asha Sharma, Devi Bhatnagar, Subhash Gupta, Arvind Prasad, V Jhunjhunwala)

    Dr JS Kothiwal Trophy for Best UP Pair in Pairs Event

    43 pairs took part in the event. The event was played over two sessions on final day of 22 boards each with Scrambelled Mitchell movement.

    The results are as follows:

    1. Kr Vijayanand Singh & Pradeep Anand Singh (Varanasi)
    2. Amarjit & Dr Nikita Kamal (Delhi)
    3. Devi/Asha & Subhash Gupta (Delhi)
    4. Shantanu Rastogi & TP Khare (Lucknow)
    5. Vijay Goel & NK Gupta (Delhi)

    Kr Vijaynand Singh & Pradeep Anand Singh were also awarded Surinder Singh Trophy from Alexander Club for being overall Pair winner.

    Personally for me finishing second among UP Pairs and fourth overall was a satisfactory result. I was playing in the State Championship after 2 years. As the last two State Championship were held at Lucknow I was involved in organisational work with no time for playing. I read somewhere famous Larry Cohen account of how he dropped World Pair Championship on last two deals, I definitely dropped second position overall on last but one deal where a phone call in between the deal affected my concentration and I slipped in defence costing us crucial matchpoints. The last deal was good for us. So if I had not slipped in penultimate deal and the last deal had been as good (our opponents went overboard in the last deal) then we could have finished higher.

    VK Chaube Trophy for Highest Masterpoint Grosser from UP in 2014

    1. Pradeep Anand Singh
    2. Kr Vijayanand Singh
    3. TP Khare

    UP players please note:

    1. Pradeep's 6 would represent UP at Inter State Championship at Nagpur taking place from September 3-6, 2015.
    2. Kr Vijayanand Singh & Pradeep Anand Singh would represent UP at Rama Jain 2016.
    3. Pairs representing UP in Agarwala Trophy at Inter State Championship at Nagpur are:
    i). Kr Vijayanand Singh & Pradeep Anand Singh
    ii) Shantanu Rastogi & TP Khare
    iii) Shanker Chatterjee & Deepak Chatterjee

    World Wide Bridge Contest 2015

    World Wide Bridge Contest took place on June 5-6, 2015.

    Friday, June 5, 2015

    4241 pairs from 261 Clubs across 30 Countries took part in the event worldwide.In India 167 pairs from 5 Centres (Kolkata (Calcutta Club) - two sections - 54 pairs, Ratnagiri - 28 pairs, Delhi - 19 pairs, Lucknow - 10 pairs, Pune - two sections - 56 pairs) took part in the event. The event was won by Xristina Katinakh & Parhs Gewrgoudhs of OAML Bridge Club, Greece with 72.8% score. Amongst Indian pairs Namit Sharma & Joyjit Sen Sharma of Delhi came first with a score of 65.57% giving them 74th overall rank.Lucknow results as per global ranks are as follows :

    1. B Prasad & AK Sinha 61.31% 285 rank, local rank 4 local 54.72%
    2. GN Mehrotra & Dr DC Gupta 54.74% 1172 rank, local rank 6 local 53.33%
    3. SK Garg & Pravin Agarwal 54.02% 1301 rank, local rank 1 local 61.25%

    Saturday, June 6, 2015

    3856 pairs from 209 Clubs across 25 Countries took part in the event worldwide.In India 125 pairs from 4 Centres (Kolkata (Calcutta Club) - two sections - 50 pairs, Delhi - 21 pairs, Lucknow - 10 pairs, Pune - two sections- 44 pairs) took part in the event. The event was won by Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos & Stathis Akrivos of OAML Bridge Club, Greece with 78.46% score. Amongst Indian pairs PS Mukherjee & Alok Sadhu of Calcutta Club A came first with a score of 71.81% giving them 3rd rank overall. Congratulations to them on this splendid achievement. Lucknow results as per global rank are as follows :

    1. BB Lal & Vipin Rai 57.21% 665 rank, local rank 1 local 59.72%
    2. AK Sinha & B Prasad 57.13% 676 rank, local rank 3 local 54.86%
    3. AC Srivastava & TP Khare 55.6% 910 rank , local rank 5 local 54.17%

    Is this epic event losing popularity ? Friday numbers for 2011 are 5209, 2012 are 5227, 2013 are 4642 & 2014 are 4253. The Saturday numbers for 2011 are 5085, 2012 are 5328, 2013 are 5060 & 2014 are 4063. The numbers for 2014 had show a sharp decline but numbers for 2015 are stabilising around 4000 for both the days.

    Courtesy: as on 9/6/15 10:30 hrs India Time

    DN Rastogi Memorial at Lucknow 2015

    DN Rastogi Memorial Invitational Pairs Tournament took place at Lucknow Club, Lucknow from April 24-25, 2015. This tournament is sponsored by Sri BN Rastogi/ Sri NN Rastogi, both eminent players themselves, in memory of their father who was also an accomplished bridge player. 16 pairs ( 7 outstation, 7 local & 2 sponsors) took part in the event. The outstation pairs were from Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi & Patna. They played 15 rounds of 8 boards each. Maximum Score was 25 per round. The scoring was done by Sri RP Narain on software developed by HAL, Lucknow. Prizes were given to top 6 pairs. The results are as follows:

    1. Girish Kumar & SM Moin (Patna) - 82
    2. RK Shukla & BG Verma (Allahabad) - 67
    3. Kr Vijayanand Singh & Pradeep Singh (Varanasi) - 65
    4. SH Zaheer & NN Rastogi (Lucknow) - 59
    5. GN Mehrotra & SA Abbasi (Lucknow) - 38
    6. BN Batra & VM Gupta (Kanpur) - 29

    National Open Bridge Tournament at Chandigarh 2015

    A National Open Bridge Tournament took place at Hotel Aroma, Chandigarh from April 10-12 , 2015. The results are as follows:


    22 teams swiss league. 8 teams qualified for super league.

    1) Dr. Sanghi's team
    2) Parkash Bhandari's team
    3) Engineers
    4) Aligarh Blue
    5) Mishra
    6) CBA
    7) HBA
    8) Northstar


    28 pairs took part in the event played over 3 sessions.

    1) R. K. Garg & Capt. Marwah
    2) Amarjit & Dr Nikita Kamal
    3)M. R. Goel & Col. Asla
    4) Rakesh Sharma & P. K. Nayyer
    5) K. B. Sikand & Aggarwal
    6) Brdg. Surinder and Avtar
    Best CBA Pair- Bhagat Ram & R. K. Garg

    Courtesy: Sri Sant Prakash Sharma, Chandigarh

    Mohanlal Bhartia Memorial Bridge Championship at Sahibabad 2015

    Mohanlal Bhartia Memorial Bridge Championship took place at Country Inn & Suites, Sahibabad from April 2-5, 2015. 51 teams took part in duplicate event. They played swiss league of 88 rounds of 10 boards each to determine 16 qualifiers who then on played a little complicated system in knockouts which is followed in one of the International tournaments to determine finalists.

    Arun Jain (Raju Tolani, Ajay Khare, Swarnendu Banerjee, Jaggy Shivdasani) won the duplicate event defeating Dhampur Sugar Mills (Ashok Goel, KR Venkatraman, Anil Padhye, Sumit Mukherjee, Bhabesh Saha, Pritish Kushari in the 48 board final.

    IMP pairs event was won by NR Kirubakara Murthy & R Sreekrishnan

    The detailed results including hand records are available at

    This is the first time I took part in the event at this venue and the experience was quite good. The Darbar hall is very spacious and nice. The hospitality was first rate with tea/coffee being available round the clock. Food was ok as well. The entry fee was inclusive of breakfast, lunch and evening snacks. The deal offered by hotel for staying at the venue was very good for the rating of the hotel. Bridge in India has people of every economic background playing so for those who can not afford these rates the metro rail station ( a necessity as the venue is in NCR - UP region of Delhi) was nearby to avail the type of accomodation they can afford. Its good to know that even HCL tournament for this year is taking place at this venue only. Techincally tournament was flawlessly organised by Sudhir Agarwal. Chetan Raval did set some good challenging deals. Directors led by CTD Ranju Bhattachrya with Gora Roy Chaudhry, Sant Prakash Sharma, Narsing Rao in assistance did their job efficiently. Buddy Shah & Meenal Thakur did the BBO work. BAM is an outdated format in India but we had a BAM side event as well which was scored on the lines of USA scoring. I also had a chance to talk to BFI officials on some of the issues that I mention in this website. Apparently BFI is not asking state associations to raise funds for World Championship from internal funds. I was told that what I wrote about BFI being short of funds was being interpreted as BFI begging for money. Well I didnt mean any such thing. But frankly BFI President did say that he is short of funds and is looking at various ways of funding including from individuals and when you need money you have to request and not order or beg. Anyways my best wishes to organisers for the world championships. If they need money from sponsors in UP they should talk to them directly and give them a nice deal. Bridge doesnt give any commerical return to sponsors. Most do it for their love of the game but still some amount of professionalism is needed. I also didnt get any satisfactory reply from BFI Secretary over the new masterpoint ranking regime. I would raise the matter again perhaps in a BFI meeting if as a state secretary I'm invited and the meeting is not at any godforsaken place. BFI treasurer informed that they accept license money directly from the directors as well and the directors then are then supposed to inform the state unit. I think the money should always be routed through state association only so that anyone not in good standing with association doesnt get to bypass the association. WBF requires a NOC from NBOs when a person represents the country. The samething should go for directors also.

    Now to some other issues. A top player once e-mailed me saying there is no talent in India and that is why he is looking for greener opportunites out of India. The same player is now again taking part in tournaments in India actively. Good but did outsiders think that you were not as talented. May or may not be true but one thing is there in a team final you cant even defend 3 NT properly unable to handle a spade 4 shift from 1042. The charity begins at home. An unfortunate part of bridge is that people think that if they dont cheat or be sharp they would not win. This tendency comes when you cant win on your "aukat". Unfortunately even relative youngsters are doing this also which shows that as bridge family in India we are not grrooming them well. Our young friend in BAM side event bids 4 H response to a 2 Diamond (weak in either major) opening with 2 HCP and instead of explaining this as could be preemptive tries to camouflage things by saying that he can have upto 14-15 points. You may have agreement of 14-15 points but the explaination given was sharp. My partner didnt ask the detailed meaning of 4 H which was explained as pass or correct which doesnt mean anything so there was not much we could do. To top it all our young friend calls director and accuses us of pausing and conveying misinformation. So wants to win by hook or crook doing "chori aur seenazori".Very unfortunate.

    Personally no major mistakes but couldnt qualify either in duplicate or in pairs. I dont understand if you can score 54 IMPs in two sessions of three session qualifying you must have played like a moron in other session to be out of qualifiers. People think that by reading books you can understand any system. Card combination is in billions but examples in book are at most 10 on any topic. So until unless you use your problem solving skills or get taught extensively from those who have written the system there is no panacea. (The realtime example is that of any maths /science exam. If you dont understand concepts you would do well only when questions match examples given the book. In our time it used to be major achievement to crack JEE and achieve top ranks there. Even amongst those top rankers not a single one has won Nobel prize in science as there are some easy lunches in the exams and after that. A Manjul Bhargav is non IITian.) So if a deal matches example in the book - bingo else disasters after disasters. Similarly if you dont have fair variations (here I mean that there should be no monotony in the system but no major disastrous deviation and this must be explained fairly) to a system you would never succeed as at top level everyone bids their routine game and slam. I'm not too sure that those who read and understand the book understand the system properly. That is why talk to world champions. Dr Raghvan's website provides platform to do so. But I rarely find any Indian doing so. And that is why we dont do so well. Indian teams who normally play without coaches should have coaches who have at least made some contribution to bidding theory.

    Now some "Mann Ki Baat" on IIT education. I was always a good student but education medium till 10th was hindi. Since father was engineer there was no other career option but to become engineer. Even till early 80s I was not aware that options in management studies are there though I ended up studying that also. Sports for middle class families was virtually ruled out and you needed to be reasonable in studies. I'm a fulltime sportsman now. Since father was in govt job I had no liking for it as my father was reasonably honest we had to make small sacrifices for everything. Since maternal grandfather was wroking for a private group and was traveling in cars and airplanes something unthinkable for us working for private sector provided some hope. Till about 10th class I had no idea of what IIT education could offer. I known person with whom I had little or no interaction was studying Chemical Engineering at Kanpur but that was it. Unfortunately at our time all the entrance exams were in english so I had some difficulty in translating the concepts learnt from hindi books to english. So I didnt do so well in my first attempt at them. After 12th I got more time to prepare for competitive exams and I did put in lot of effort to overcome my lack of technical english. I have never done a coaching all my life except for 3 -4 months in physics as the coursework was not completed at our college. Total self study with help from correspondance course for engineering. Did better in second attempt got through all the exams. I had a choice of lower branches at IIT or Electrical Engineering at Roorkee but when I went for counselling at Kanpur I fell for the campus. Mind you I had no idea what the education here would give me. I had the choice of Metullargical Engineering or Aeronautical Engineering at IIT Kanpur for my rank ( I dont remember the exact number but it was 1200 something) My father insisted on Aeronautical Engineering. So I joined IIT Kanpur to become Aeronautical Engineer. The system at IIT Kanpur was such that we had to study 2 years common subjects and 2 years department subjects. We were supposed to be taught concepts. But the first semester was a harsh reality check. A young person is supposed to develop his liking for the concepts and then decide his direction. But here was rat race geared towards who reaches which best university in US and gets best grades. The system was not based on learning or developing thinking. It was based on getting best grades and even professors were helping brain drain by giving good recommendations. The academic load was very high and there was hardly anytime to develop liking for a subject which is a must. If you want good thinkers grades are not important. So slowly engineering as a career option went out of my options. The best course that I did at IIT was not taken by IIT prof. It was a gentleman from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bangalore who took our design course teaching us about Fighter Aircrafts. But sadly it was too late for me to develop liking once again for engineering. (Though I was learning AE the first time I sat on plane was in fourth year on Cessna doing my practicals.). I didnt have good grades at IIT. If I wanted I would have had average grades as I was just not interested. So I didnt become Engineer and govt lost a few lakh spend on me courtesy the system we had. The IITs were created to fortify technical backbone of the country. But if you lose people like this the money is better spend on primary education. We need to have better system of education at IIT. Have less academic load. The student should be a free bird choosing what he wants to do. The emphasis should be more on concepts and developing thinking for technical work. Grades should be the last thing because grades take you to US or to better jobs but not to R&D and innovation. Give right guidance, inform about the choices and then let the student choose right subject to study. I student should have the freedom of finishing his course in 4 or 5 or even 6 years. But the system shouldnt lose the technical talent. I've done management also which any Tom, Dick and Harry (no offence meant to anyone as you see I also fall in that category) could do provided he/she is good at English, Reasoning and Maths in that order. But finding scientific talent and temeprament is very difficult though is very important for human kind. If the emphasis is on concepts and not on grades then the students wont mind absurd star problems which a prof asked us in first year along with usual load. I feel both management and technical work is important and good technical people should get paid on par with management grads where at present is a disparity. My thoughts on technical education has surprisingly developed from management education that I had. My management alma mater was not govt funded and quality of talent there was lower as compared to IIT but we had lots of time to pursue subjects of our choice. Now I havent won a Nobel prize either but the objective that I had to land a job of my choice after education was achieved though it turned out to be nightmarish experience is another matter.. If I a hindi medium student can study elite management improving my english vocabulary considerably and go on to achieve the goals I set for myself lots of other similar students do have hope. People from rural background can come on par with english educated urban student though they would need to work harder.

    Smt Rama Jain Memorial at Delhi 2015

    The 34th ALL INDIA TIMES NATIONAL PAIRS BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 for RAMA JAIN Trophy was held at Delhi Bridge Association building on 21st & 22nd March 2015. Each State Association is requested to send their pairs (the quota of pairs for each state association is pre-fixed) after conducting a local trials within their association. The tourney also includes few pairs of sponsors and few invitee pairs.

    24 pairs participated this year and played an all-play-all on each day. The event was divided into 4 sessions and there prizes for session winners as well.

    The session-1 winners were:

    1. Subhash Gupta - Sunit Chokshi 62.90%
    2. Ranga Khadloya - Dr. Vishwas Jeurkar 61.00%

    The session-2 winners were:


    The session-3 winners were:

    1. ARUN BAPAT - M P ATHAVALE 61.4%

    The session-4 winners were:


    The final results are as follows:

    Rank Name Score %

    1 SUBHASH GUPTA - SUNIT CHOKSHI (Invitee) 584.5 57.8
    3 SAPAN DESAI - RUPA BAKERI (GUJ) 571.0 56.4
    4 ARUN BAPAT - M P ATHAVALE (MAH) 554.0 54.7
    5 DEEPAK KOTHIWAL - AJAY VAISH (UP) 550.5 54.4
    7 T C PANT - DALEEP MUTREJA (DEL) 544.5 53.8
    8 DR R P BHIDE - ABHAY LELE (MAH) 537.5 53.1
    10 B S PRADHAN - A K BALIAR SINGH (ORI) 530.5 52.4
    13 R P TRIPATHI - RAJESH JAIN (DEL) 506.5 50
    15 R C NAYAK - P BEURIA (ORI) 483.0 47.7
    16 T K BANERJI - NITA BANERJI (CHD) 481.5 47.6
    17 RITA CHOKSHI - LINA MAYADAS (Ladies Team) 477.5 47.2
    18 S C BHANDARI - R N GUPTA (JHAR) 469.5 46.4
    19 KAWALJIT SINGH - DEVI BHATNAGAR (Invitee) 457.0 45.2
    20 GEN GOSAIN - AJAY DESHPANDE (AP) 451.0 44.6
    21 CAPT ANAND - AJIT SHIVDASANI (MAH) 446.5 44.1
    22 S G GOLE - P M BHIDE (MAH) 443.0 43.8
    23 R S JASUJA - DR ASHA SURANA (DEL) 434.0 42.9
    24 SHASHI JAIN - MONICA JAJOO (LBA) 428.0 42.3

    Prizes till 9th positions were given.

    Courtesy: Sri TC Pant on Indianbridgecontacts

    Smt Lata Goyal Memorial at Ludhiana 2015

    Smt Lata Goyal Memorial Bridge Tournament took place at Sutlej Club, Ludhiana from March 20-22, 2015. It was a duplicate event. The results are as follows:

    1) Anoop Dhawan: Anoop Dhawan, S.K. Bandopadhyaya,K.Bhattacharya,S.Bhattacharya, S.Roy
    2) Constellation: Amarjit, Dr. Nikita Kamal, D.K. Tiwari,Prakash Bhandari
    3) Vijaya Kumar: Vijaya Kumar, P.C.Gupta,R.Chakarvarti,S.B.Sengupta
    4) PBA-I: K.R.Lakhanpal, S.R.Malhotra.M.R.Goel,P.K.Nayyer,Rakesh Sharma
    5) Mishra: R.S.Mishra, B.N.Agarwal, A. Haq,Virendra Singh, Anil Bansal
    6) Best PBA Team-PBA-II: Kuldeep Khanna, J.S.Brar,P.K.Aggarwal,R.P.Mishra,Anil Sud

    Courtesy: Sri S P Sharma, Chandigarh

    Lohia Memorial at Kanpur 2015

    29th Seth Sriniwas Lohia Memorial Bridge Tournament took place at Ganges Club, Kanpur from February 27 - March 1, 2015. Apart from main duplicate and pairs event there was a silver event on day 2 for non qualifiers. Lohia tournament is known for its flawless hospitality but this year due to construction work at club the arrangements were slightly chaotic with lighting of the hall not being proper as one of the things. Sri Ranju Bhattacharya was CTD ably assisted by Sri Gora Roy Chaudhary, Sri SP Sharma. This year's format like last year allowed everyone to play in all 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. The tournament which attracts teams from North and East India saw teams from Mumbai also participating this year. BFI President and Secretary also participated this year. BFI it seems is short of funds for World Bridge Championship taking place at Chennai later this year. So it was a business cum playing trip for President who is expecting state associations to commit some funds for the Chennai event which seem very ironical to me. Small associations dont have large pool of resources and sometimes they even default on regular BFI payments so asking them for money in the name of world championship is not proper. BFI if short of funds should approach organizations such as BCCI which have some funds for sports activities other than cricket.

    Duplicate - Seth Sriniwas Lohia Trophy

    44 teams up 3 from last year 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 super league quarter finals. 8 teams were put into two groups of 4 teams each from where 2 top teams each qualified for SF. Apart from Finals there was a playoff for 3rd/4th place. 20-0 scale was used for scoring swiss league.The results area as follows:

    1. Winner - Maya Meera Sneha (Satyabrat Mukherjee, Avijit Chakraborty, Samir Basak, Sukamal Das
    2. Runners up RK Lohia Trophy - Dhampur Sugar Mills (Ashok Goel, Sumit Mukherjee, KR Venkataraman, P Kushari, Swarnenudu Banerjee)
    3. 114 Kolkata (A Sarkar, Manas Mukerjee, Rana Roy, AN Banerjee, Sandip Dutta, D Majumdar)
    4. Tasher Desh (Kamlesh Gupta, Prabir Paul, Anirudh Bhattacharjee, Anindra Sarkar, Saumitra Basu, Kishore Ganguly)
    Losing QFs:

    Rajjan (Bal Agarwal, Indresh Agarwal, Deepak Chatterjee, Shankar Chatterjee)
    Arnab's IV (Amar Bose, Arun Chatterjee, RK Majumdar, S Bhattacharya, Soumya Das, S Majumdar)
    Dilip Atha (Dilip Atha, Arijit Guha, Subrata Saha, S Roy Chaudhury, Sahipal Ghosh, Atanu Ganguly)
    Best KBA team - Singhania (Kailash Newatia, SK Kaushik, Mukul Arren, SP Shukla, P Chakraborty, SK Ganguly)

    Prizes were also given to teams ranked 8-9 in swiss league. These teams were Rahara Card Club & DS Roy Chaudhury. Best KBA Team was JKG Super.

    Pairs - MP Jhujhunwala Trophy

    84 pairs played pairs event in two sessions on final day with both sessions being played with computer dealt deals. Kamal Nagauri & Amalendu Sanyal won the trophy. Late HC Nigam trophy for being runners up went to Dipak Santra & Rajesh Jain . The other prize winners were - Sujit Bhattacharjee & SK Bandopadhyay, SR Dutta & Swetadri Saha, RK Majumdar & Somesh Bhattacharjee, DV Majumdar & MK Bhargava, Girish Kumar & Ratnesh, S Dhakras & R Sridharan, Gautam Das & Shyam Chatterjee, D Das & A Sarkar. Besh KBA Pairs were - SP Shukla & AK Sinha, Mukul Arren & Dr IP Jain.

    Silver - RK Newatia Trophy

    All non qualifiers of duplicate event could play Silver event where 6 rounds of swiss league of 8 boards were played. 35 teams took part in the event. The results were as follows:

    1. Team Vibrant (Swetadri Saha, SR Dutta, MK Halder, BN Ghosh)
    2. Runners up BM Prahladaka trophy -Amar Asansol (S Banerjee, B Ganguly, D Das, S Bhuyan, A Sarkar, S Dey)
    3. Anoop Dhawan (SK Bandopadhyay, S Bhattacharjee, K Bhattacharjee, S Shome, S Roy)
    4. Pradeep's IV (Pradeep Singh, Kr Vijayanand Singh, V Jhujhunwala, AK Sinha)
    5. BAM Kolkata (D Santra, CS Majumdar, Goutam Das, SP Chatterjee, Sudit Pandit, I Basu)
    6. Fani's IV (PS Mukherjee, S Dey, K Nagauri, A Sanyal, T Dasgupta, PB Das)

    Best KBA team was JKG Kanpur.

    Courtesy: Sri Kailash Singh

    Sir Padampat Singhania Memorial at Kanpur 2015

    Sir Padampat Singhania Memorial Bridge Tournament took place at Kamla Club, Kanpur from February 20-22, 2015. 18 pairs took part in the event. They played 17 rounds of all play all of 10 boards each matches.The results are as follows:

    1. Subhash Gupta & Rajeshwar Tiwari - 650 VPs
    2. VM Lal & RG Bhiwandkar - 628
    3. Subhash Dhakras & R Sridharan - 604
    4. BN Rastogi & AK Sinha - 591
    5. Kiran Nadar & B Satyanarayana - 586
    6. Sunil Machar & R Krishnan - 584
    7. Alok Daga & Tapas Mukerji - 564
    8. Sharad Kaushik & SC Bhandari - 558
    9. Bimal Sicka & Sapan Desai - 516

    Courtesy: TOI, Lucknow 23/2/15, Sri Manoj Kumar Nair & Sri TC Pant on Indianbridgecontacts

    56th Winter Nationals at Jaipur 2014

    56th Winter Nationals took place at Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium, Jaipur from December 15-21, 2014. The event was organised by Rajasthan Contract Bridge Association. I dont know if the city bridge unit of Jaipur was involved in the organization as no credit was given to them. The event ws nicely organised. Directors and technical staff did their job well. Some nice challenging deals were on offer making my trip good VFM and the credit for that goes to Chetan Raval. Sudhir Agarwal managed technical side very well. Especially good was printouts giving opponents name in the personal scoresheets of pairs event though place & system can also be added there. Bulletins were also nicely done. Rajasthani food was good but a bit oily. Rajasthan being a tourist place the auto transport was on a higher side. The organisers would do well to inform about the cost of transport to nearby hotels and places so that players are not overcharged. So far so good now the disappointment part. Indian bridge continues to be very poor. Top players continue to make simple mistakes and bank on friendly defences to win deals. In tough fields this would not take them far. A top player who once told me "kuch kar ke dikhao" doesnt even handle a simple 3 NT on a nice duck of Ace on a fourth best Heart 2 lead and the team leading by over 50 IMPs in finals in first two session loses the match. This just reflects how poorly state of bridge affairs are managed in our country. This player get decent money to play in prize money tournaments getting leave from govt job. We want to organise World Bridge Championship in fancy 5 star hotels for personal fame without even making effort to improve quality of game. Just because some wealthy sponsors would give money for their love of game we dont manage bridge affairs professionly. This is easy money from hard earned money of sponsors and I dont know if they are getting anything in return and I'm not even sure if it is helping Indian bridge in anyway. World bridge championship runs for 15 days without players getting rest for even a day. Does this happen in anyother sport and we want bridge to be played in olympics ? If our idiot organisers negotiated this with WBF while signing contract for holding world championship it would not only have helped Indian team to perform better and would have shown a way to world bridge whose affairs are sadly as poor. We want youngsters to play bridge jeopardising their studies but can bridge offer them anything equal to what a good quality education can give. How can we spoil their dreams of better quality life ? Youngsters need to dream big in life and not happy & contend with a few thousand or lakh rupees. If you are happy with an air ticket or good quality hotel accomodation and your other bridge expenses paid off along with some few thousand playing money there is something seriously wrong. Bridge should never be taught to yougsters below 21 - 22 years so that they finish at least graduation. It takes tremendous mental energy and mental skills to play bridge and playing bridge would hamper their studies. Finish studies, earn, learn bridge and spend on it if you love the game. In India we are trying to teach bridge to village children telling them their farming income is good enough. The industrialist who manages junior bridge in India would never himself travel in sleeper class concessional train accomodation and put himself in dharamshalas. Is this our responsibilty towards poor children of our country ? What does farming give you in comaprison to good quality education ? A good quality education can be done in agriculture itself to get better returns from farming. Since independence this elite class wants these poor people to just fill their stomach while themselves having all sorts of luxuries. Poor people should eat less, have small family, and give their children good quality education from the money so saved. Not everyone is born rich so everyone especially poor shouldnt try to live beyond their means but at the same time shouldnt stop dreaming big. If your dream is 100-200 rupees and a bottle of liqour then the person selling you this dream is taking you for the biggest ride of your life. We are a poor country with big population and only way people can move in social structure if education quality is good and not by playing bridge.Only one in a billion makes the sort of money what a good quality education can give. If you are happy with a third/fourth class job in govt department or even in private sector then you are a biggest loser in life. An uneducated bridge player cant get more than this. Playing only sports is very risky. A business downturn can cause severe lack of money in sports. Also note a majority of those who invest in sports sponsorship are there due to their education and those decision makers cant be getting lesser money than sportspersons. So youngsters need to be told which side they would prefer to be. Govt and private companies can never survive with free lunchers. Though every govt has a duty to promote sports there is only so much a govt can do in a poor country for sports. Govt or public sector or even private sector can not provide endless employment. If you are educated sports person it makes your chances of survival much better. Govt at best can create a "sports class" in govt jobs where only performers can survive. Govt can only offer non performers a short service career of 10-12 years. The way our security situation is no armed forces be it Army, Airforce, Navy, Central forces or even state police can give employment to sports persons. So scope for govt jobs is very limited. To compound that if you get injured and have to leave sports only good quality education can make chances of surviving much better. So a third/fourth class job for 10-12 years along with sleeper class priority reservation travel and bare minimum hotels shouldnt be your dream. If you love bridge or for their matter any other sports and want to aspire for big things keeping risk minimum educate yourself and dont get misled by so called benefectors running sports associations.

    A word about Bridge Federation of India sad affairs. As you can see their only priority for next year is world bridge championship. A BFI meeting is organized in every major tournament. In Jaipur this meeting was not even organised at the venue of winter nationals. It was at some godforsaken club in the city and no transport was organised from venue for officials. It is clear that those running the association dont want people to attend the meeting so that they can do all sorts of wheeling ,dealing wining and dining. Where is the need for wining and dining for running bridge. A bottle of water each would save the local organisers so much expenses which in turn can help in reducing entry fee. BFI doesnt even pay return concessional railway fare to state secretaries/presidents at the time of elections so that they can vote for right persons to run the association nor do they ask for postal vote circulating nominations in advance. These idiots have changed the masterpoint requirements for various categories without even asking state associations for an opinion. This matter has to be taken to all the players as it is very important as it affects them and can not be decided by a coterie. I'm Secretary of UP Bridge and can vouch that I've not received any official communication from BFI for this. Not even a official e-mail saying that it is posted on BFI website and please give your opinion and your state player's opinion. These people only want to create a group of top players making entry of new players very difficult into top categories. Is this how you popularise bridge ? These morons want to spend crores on WBC without even properly automising masterpoint crediting process. God save Indian bridge.

    All the govts across the world should promote sports and let people vent their nationalism via sports. We dont want wars. Let the wars be on field of sports but after a game is over no hard feelings or show of nationalism by any sportsperson. Play fair and win hearts of people wherever you travel. Any deviation from this philosophy should attract severe punishment. That is why sports administration must be a priority for everyone. Sadly in India sports is managed pathetically. A nation of over 125 cr wins just a few medals in olympics. There is a nexus of politicians, bureaucrats and industrialists who have hijacked sports administration. There is no professionlism. Except cricket sports are largely run by govt grants which are decided by a babu sitting in sports ministry without even asking for the proper utilisation of funds. A babu listens to only a babu or a ruling politician whereas he/she is there to serve the nation professionally and on merit and not on the basis of nepotism. That is why only the best should be sent to sports ministry. Otherwise hire professionals who are committed for India to run the sports. (I say committed to India because patriotism in our nation is very low. For small petty sum people cheat our country. We are in such poor state that our police & customs department take money from even underworld to import RDX which is used to kill innocents. Our bureaucrats ,who at the time of recruitment interview say that they want to serve the country, end up serving themselves by misappropriating money meant for development. Things are in such poor state that these babus dont even want to travel overnight by train and want 5 star accomodation instead of staying in govt guest houses. All the govt rules are made in such a way that only their interests are taken care off. People join top bureaucracy from History, Geography type of background. Things are in such a pass that MBA from top institutes should be prerequisite for joining administration. Our public sector is in such a mess that engineers dont understand marketing and are losing business to private companies. Their attitude is "chaliye theek hai". We dont even learn from history. We should learn a lot from Japan where people overcame natural calamity, war adversity to build the nation into formidable force.) A large part of govt grant is spent on officials when it should be minimum. We are a poor country. Our sports officials cant travel business class or stay in fancy hotels or ask for foreign junkets to attend world body meetings. They should be asked to find private sponsors for this. In India a babu's or ruling politician's word may get hard earned money of private sector which are sadly as unprofessionally run with no accountability to their investors. For example it pains me to see that an Indian family run company has given millions of its hard earned money for brand endorsement to a womaniser to promote an Indian brand abroad - I dont think company's investors would ask any question, similarly sometime back an Indian telecom company has spent millions on changing its logo making it similar to another foreign telecom brand in a poor country where a new logo doesnt matter to millions living in rural areas who may also get confused with the new logo and I havent heard any analyst or investor questioning that. Similarly an Indian software comapany has given its hard earned though little money for organising bridge world championship in India when a good amount of this money would be spent on transporting chairs and tables from a godown in a foreign country by a chartered plane to organise the event in a 5 star hotel. How does this build the brand of the software company ? Mind you all these comapnies have to compete with best in the world and they cant waste any money. The govt money is purely for players giving them sports infrastructure, good quality coaches, foreign exposure and incentives on performance. We should not be asking govt money to organise world events in our country. Every sports association should be asked to present a blueprint on how it runs the sports and would produce world class performers before giving them any money. The money utilisation should be audited by govt auditors and severe action should be taken if there is major diversion from plan presented or there is misappropriation. I've been associated with bridge administration in my state UP for past 15 years and despite our operating on shoestring budgets have seen responsible persons misappropriating hard earned money of individual sponsors. In one case the amount was small and we could write it off but what would happen if the amount is big ? I was totally against write off but had to bow to wishes of our executive committee. We could only throw this person out from committee as he had not responded to our disciplinary inquiry. We have also made him person non grata but are not able to take legal action as the cost would be more than amount recovered. I know courts can refund our legal fee but litigation status is very poor in our country. My personal view is that big or small all amounts should be recovered with huge penalties so that nobody dares to cheat. So govt should be very careful with the money it gives to sports associations.

    You see that I've drifted from bridge to sports to sports administration to some other topics. Somehow all of them look to be related. I have preached to poor people to not to live beyond their means by taking debt from money lenders. The same goes for more well to do families and public sector and private sector companies. We have a set of investment bankers whose job is to sell a dream which could be well beyond the means of their clients. Its all so good when things are rosy but when a downturn comes a high debt to equity ratio screwes up companies. I dabble in stocks not as speculation but serious middle to long term investment. And I've seen where debt high companies have suffered. You are sold a dream of becoming biggest player in the world or sold big expansion plans without proper experience by tying up so called cheap funds. No investment banker owns up risk, makes any investment and still takes huge fee as commission. Nobody draws a contract with investment bankers that if things dont go off well in first few years they would take a share of burden vice a versa if things go well they may be given more money. At least this way one is not taken for a ride. Due diligence is as much responsibilty of the company buying or selling as much of investment banker. If you get screwed in a deal these money sharks again make commission by giving you another deal this time for selling. While a company may get screwed these bankers make obnoxious "performance bonus". While owner of a brick & mortar business come down to "chappals" these bankers wear expensive suits, ties, shirts & shoes. They own expensive cars & expensive homes. There are no bigger free lunchers than them in the world. They would lure you with sweet talk but wouldnt own any responsibility. So not only poor people get screwed by moneylenders even big profit making companies get screwed also. The same goes for slightly better off families who dont know if they are paying right price for a public issue or paying right price for home loan as no banker tells you when a downturn would come. My feeling is US of A has been screwed by Wall Street and these investment bankers. Derivatives, Options & Futures are nothing but a sure short way of suicide. There is nothing wrong in middle to long term investment in a company as it gives time to company to get over a business cycle. So you see the companies should go for inorganic growth mostly by internal accruals, should develop internal due diligence capabilty and find their own target. And if they cant do this they should only be happy with organic growth.

    So you see moneylending has so much evil but poor people would need to approach them if they dont have a small family when business cycle goes for downturn. I have already delved on their need to educate their children. Even if govt improves quality of primary education at village level they would need to send their children to nearby city for higher studies. And for education they shouldnt differentiate between son and daughter though to daughter you need to teach her how to run the house on her own. Govt would offer scholarships but not everyone can get them. So at some point kisan or poor person would have to spend from his own pocket. So they need to save. So they shouldnt spoil chances of a bright future for your children by drinking liqour or wasting food or wasting money on expensive things. They should open a bank account in Jan dhan yojna. I would say if they eat 4 rotis eat 2 and if this sacrifice makes a good career for their children they would take care of your old age which would be icing on cake along with an old age pension from govt if govt can afford. Also if they have a daughter to marry please dont call every person from the nearby villages like some of their illustrious politicians do. If they keep wedding simple they would be able to give more things to their daughter which may help her to start the family life and keep them away from moneylenders as well. And next time a politician from their area invites them for a wedding or sends gift/money for their daughter's/son's wedding please ask him/her from where he/she has got the money to do so. Please also ask them from where they have got money for big vehicle fleet or helicopter service if they come to your area in that. Our politicians have kept you "gareeb" since independence and they want you to remain "gareeb". Our govt doesnt give so much money to full time politicians for them to own palatial homes, big vehicle fleet & helicopter service and if they answer that these are provided by govt please ask them if their govt has any money left for you. If they dont ask these questions their next few generations would remain "gareeb". They also shouldnt attend any political rally. Their time is more precious to be devoted to farming/profession or to their family. Do you really understand whatever is said at the rally ? These rallies cost tremendous amount of money. Have they ever thought from where party gets the money to organise buses, lunches and pocket allowance given to you. It doesnt come from govt. No industrialist pays money to a party for philanthropy. If they want clean & transparent govt dont come for any rally. They should also understand that to run a party some necessary expenses have to be made. They should donate to the party whatever amount you may wish - Rs 10/20/50/100 time to time and ask for receipt. This would give them clean and accountable govt. Though they may choose whatever party you wish to vote for & donate to I support BJP and would request them to give our party some consideration on merit. It is by far the least corrupt party in India and I donate to them whatever little I have online from time to time.

    I delved on patriotism of Indians. We Indians sell ourselves at a price to any outsider. That is why we have been reduced to see such poverty in our country. I dont need to recount history to tell you why foreign barbarians plundered us. Our country has rampant castism in the majority religion. People are so short sighted that they dont see the motives of politicians dividing us on caste who some time abuse each other for years and later on shake hands and sing another tune. There is some fault in our religion structure as well. For years we have deprived the lowest social class of their right place in society both monetarily and religiously. We need to think why we treat so poorly those who are our own. The country would make progress slowly or fastly and some suppressed people would move up irrespective fair opportunity and a time would come when everyone would need to do their own work be it cleaning the house, toilets or cleaning utensils. If you dont want to believe me please visit any developed foreign country and see what cost of labour is there. Would you still look down upon those who did this work for centuries ? Its high time our religious gurus decide whether they want to return respectability to these people or still live in their false air of superiority. The same goes for better off people who even after independence educate themselves from govt money and instead of repaying the country by working here at least for few years run to foreign countries in lure of lucre. Only a few return back to India after getting higher education to return to society what they have been given. There is rampant corruption in govt and the babus working there mislead politicians to serve their end. These babus are from motley background but they even want to run technical departments. I delved on the need for MBA degree from top institutes as prerequisite for administrative work, the same way we need qualified technical persons from top institutes who have management background in administration. Public administartion should be taught only at the time of training. We dont need UPSC for IAS jobs recruitment. It should be done by a separate independent agency on the lines of EC using pool of qualified govt persons taking help from private sector. There should be written test of general studies only along with an aptitude test. These tests should be designed by experts from govt as well as private sector . There should be at least 5 rounds of interview with first being the interview of graduation subject knowledge from the subject experts, second being interview on management from subject experts, 3rd interview by serving/ retired bureaucrats, 4th interview by CM/Ministers panel and a final interview with PM. This process is meant for Indian Administrative Service. The reservations in govt jobs doesnt affect this process. Top govt funded management institutes & engineering colleges anyway have reservations and govt would get best from these categories as well. To broad base talent pool we need atleast one IIT/IIM in all the states. I dont recommend hire and fire as govt jobs cant pay as well as private sector but no time bound promotions. The police service and tax administration recruitment should be done separately Police/ Central forces/ Investigating agencies recruitment should be on lines of defence forces and for tax administration a CA/ICWA degree is prerequisite. Both of these could be done by separate agencies. Rest of the central govt job except Railways recruitment can be handled by UPSC. Our govt has promised Railway University which would cater to Railway recruitment.

    Though I'm totally against forced dowry I have preached giving something to daughters at the time of marriage. This is because people in govt jobs or in small jobs in private sector or doing small business just do not have any savings to start a family life. That is why entry level salaries in govt jobs and in private sector should be higher (Private sector just can not afford to give jumps of 30-40% so keep only entry level salary high and give jums of 5-10% after that) and that is why there is dire need to educate daughters so if both husband and wife are working they can lead a quality life. I dont know if late marriages is the right solution. So people should give whatever they can afford without taking money from moneylenders and if there is forced dowry they should reject the proposal. And if dowry is demanded after marriage they should report the matter to their panchayats/ social groups and should socially boycott families asking for dowry. By and large marriages should be in social class only as it has backing of social group making chances of marriages succeeding more. But for social class please note that everyone is equal there - there is no "bada khandan" or big social status. Girls and boys should meet discuss their compatibility and then decide whether they want to spend rest of their life together. I dont know if too much dating before marriage is the right solution.

    I think I've said enough. This is a bridge page only and if bridge group likes what I've said pls do circulate. I told I'm BJP supporter & member and this is my "man ki baat" taking cue from my PM.

    11th BP Halwasiya Memorial at Lucknow 2014

    11th BP Halwasiya Memorial MB Club Bridge Tournament took place at MB Club, Lucknow on November 16, 2014. The tournament is held every year at MB Club and is sponsored by Sri Sudhir Halwasiya in memory of his father Late Sri BP Halwasiya who was at a time Mayor of Lucknow & was an avid bridge player. 24 pairs took part in the event of which 7 were from MB Club. They played Scrambelled Mitchell movement of 11 rounds (6+5) of 22 boards to determine the prize winners. The winners of running trophy were BN Rastogi & SQ Wajahat with 67.5% score. The other prize winners were:

    2. Deepak Srivastava & BD Sarkar - 61.14%
    3. SH Zaheer & NN Rastogi - 60.91%
    4. TP Khare & SK Garg- 57.27%
    5. Pravin Agarwal & VNP Shah - 56.82%

    Best MB Club pair was AK Vashishtha & Mrs Shobha Vashishtha - 55.45%.

    57th Winter Nationals would take place at Harshal Halls, Pune from November 16-22, 2015.

    Ashok Kapoor Memorial Swiss Pairs would take place at PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune from November 27-29, 2015.

    An All India Prize Money Bridge Tournament would take place at VKS Varadan auditorium, GSI, Lucknow from December 11-13, 2015.

    Holkar Memorial Bridge Tournament would take place at Yeshwant Club, Indore from January 7-10, 2016.

    Nandu Oke Memorial Swiss Pairs would take place at Lokmanya Seva Sangh, Vile Parle (E), Mumbai from February 12-14, 2016.

    Delhi Gymkhana Bridge Tournament would take place at Delhi Gymkhana Club, Delhi from February 19-22, 2016.

    Sir Padmapat Singhania Memorial Bridge Tournament would take place at Kamla Club, Kanpur from February 26-28 , 2016.

    Seth Sriniwas Lohia Memorial Bridge Tournament would take place at Ganges Club, Kanpur from March 4-6, 2016.

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  • These pertain to times when I used to report a deal a week or longer time. If you like Law of total tricks there are some interesting deals. Some of the earlier deals were reported in the process of my evolvement as a bridge player.Some of deals are from ACBL NABCs & WBF tournaments. Also there are some interesting deals on bridge ethics that senior bridge players should have for youngsters. I discontinued this section as I was not finding enough interesting deals in Lucknow.

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