Championships Main Page

   Information       Participants       Bulletins   

India regains Zakaria Adamji Memorial Trophy in 17th BFAME Championships

 
 
India - Winner Open Teams
(sitting) B. Prabhakar, Sunit Chokshi, Mrs. Kiran Nadar (Captain), (standing) Rajeshwar Tewari, B. Satyanarayana & K.R. Venkatraman
   

India, comprising Mrs. Kiran NADAR, B. Satyanarayana, Sunit CHOKSHI, K.R. VENKATRAMAN, B. PRABHAKAR and Rajeshwar TEWARI won the 17th BFAME Open Teams Championship, defeating Bahrain's Wael BASIONY, Teodoras MACI, Imran Ali ABEDI, Meir NONOO and Mahesh LAKHANI.

India beat Bahrain by 52 IMPs (117 –65) in the 32 boards final of the Open Teams of the 17th BFAME Championships to win the coveted Zakaria Adamjee Memorial Trophy, the symbol of BFAME supremacy. India who had won this trophy 5 times continuously from 2001 to 2009, lost the trophy to Pakistan in 16th Bfame. India, who had a carry over of 8 IMPs beat their opponents by 25 IMPs (41-16) in the first set. Bahrain gave a good fight in the 2nd set, but their opponents were too strong for them. India won the 2nd set by 68-49 to seal a comfortable victory. Heartiest Congratulations to the Winners. India and Bahrain open teams will represent Zone-4 in the Bermuda Bowl to be held at Bali, Indonesia, from 16th Sep to 29th Sep 2013.

Pakistan women capture Vinodini Goenka Trophy

 

Pakistan - Winner Women Teams
(sitting) Rubina AGHA (Captain), Zeenat AZWER, Roshan Ara BOKHARI, Qudsia DOSSA,
(standing) Rubina SAEED HAI & Fatima RAZA
 
   

Pakistan women team, comprising Zeenat AZWER, Rubina AGHA, Qudsia DOSSA, Roshan Ara BOKHARI, Rubina Saeed HAI and Fatima RAZA won the 17th BFAME Women Teams Championship, defeating India's Hema DEORA, Marianne KARMARKAR, Rita CHOKSI, Bharati DEY, Tutu NARULA and Asha SURANA.

Pakistan defeated India by 41 IMPS (94-53 : c/o 8-0, 49-28, 37-25) in the 32-boards final played to determine the Winner of the Vinodini Goenka Trophy in the BFAME Championships 2013. This is the first time Pakistan has won Women Teams Champioships in BFAME since the first champioships in 1981. It was history making performance for Pakistan as the women team was consisted of three generations - Grand mother Qudsia Dossa, daughter Rubina Saeed Hai and grand daughter Fatima Raza. Congratulations to the Pakistan Women Team for playing consistently well and winning the Vinodini Goenka Trophy. Both Pakistan & India qualify for the Venice Cup from Zone-4.

India Seniors Win Nawzad Shaker Trophy

 
 
India - Winner Seniors Teams
R. SRIDHARAN, Sunil MACHHAR, Vinod SHARMA, Kamal MUKHERJEE, Ashok Kumar GOEL (Captain) & Aloke SADHU (not in Pic)
   

India seniors team, represented by Ashok Kumar GOEL, Vinod SHARMA, Sunil MACHHAR, R. SRIDHARAN, Kamal MUKHERJEE and Aloke Kumar SADHU won the 17th BFAME Seniors Teams Championship, defeating Bangladesh's Seniors team comprising of Brig.(Retd) M. Azizul HAQUE, Khandakar Muzharul HAQUE, A.K. Firoze AHMED and A.T.M. Moazzem HUSSAIN

India defeated Bangladesh by 97 IMPS (125-28 : c/o 8-0, 63-18, 54-10) in the 32-boards final played alongside other events to determine the Winner of the Nawzad Shaker Trophy in the BFAME Championships 2013. The final was more or less decided in the first set with India leading by 53 IMPs at the half way stage. The dominance of India in Seniors event was clearly evident in Round Robin phase as they lost only two matches out of twelve and maintained their number one position throughout the championship.

Both India & Bangladesh will represent Zone-4 in the Seniors Bowl.

 •  DAY 8 (Final day) - 11th June 2013

   
Bahrain - Runner-up Open Teams
Imran Ali ABEDI, Meir NONOO, Wael BASIONY (Captain), Teodoras MACI, & Mahesh LAKHANI
  India - Runners-up Women Teams
Tutu NARULA, Asha SURANA, , Marianne KARMARKAR, Rita CHOKSI, Bharati DEY, Hema DEORA (Captain not in Pic)
  Bangladesh - Runners-up Seniors
A.T.M. Moazzem HUSSAIN , A.K. Firoze AHMED, Khandakar Muzharul HAQUE, Brig.(Retd) M. Azizul HAQUE
 
     
Play in progress
Open Teams Final - OR
  Play in progress
Women Teams Final - OR
  Play in progress
Seniors Teams Final - OR
  Full Control
Directors' Team
 
     
Play in progress
Open Teams Final - CR
  Play in progress
Women Teams Final - CR
  Play in progress
Seniors Teams Final - CR
  Make sure it happens
Bulletin and Scoring Team

 

 •  DAY 7 - 10th June 2013

Open Teams - INDIA & BAHRAIN qualify for BERMUDA BOWL from ZONE-4. India and Bahrain open teams will represent Zone-4 in the Bermuda Bowl 2013 to be held at Bali, Indonesia, from 16th Sep to 29th Sep 2013. They both qualified by beating their opponents in the 4-session, 64-boards, OPEN Teams semi-finals. In the first semi-final between India & United Arab Emirates, India started with a carry over of 16 IMPs. UAE gave them a good fight in the 1st set, which India won by a mere 7 imps (29-22). But, India tightened the screws in the 2nd set winning the 2nd set easily by 66-11, UAE losing 3 more imps as penalty, UAE played well to take the 3rd set by 25 imps (50-25) and kept the match alive. However, India turned out to be too experienced opponents for UAE. India won the 4th set by 19 imps (41-20) and the match by 77 imps (177- 100).The Indian OPEN Team is being represented by Mrs. Kiran NADAR, B. Satyanarayana, Sunit CHOKSHI K.R. VENKATRAMAN, B. PRABHAKAR & Rajeshwar TEWARI whereas the United Arab Emirates team is being represented by Mohamed MANAF, Wael AGAMAWI, Dr. Hesham ATTEF, Khaled HASSAN, Tamer EISSA and Ahmed MOUNIR.

The second semi-final between Bangladesh & Bahrain was far more interesting. Bangladesh started with a carry over of 16, but Bahrain played well in the 1st set to reduce the deficit by 9 imps (43-34). They further gained 13 imps in 2nd set (40-27) to lead 83-77 at half way stage. The 3rd set fully belonged to Bahrain. They thrashed their opponents 57-16 to take a big lead. Though Bangladesh gained 6 imps (41-35) in the last set, it turned out to be a convincing victory for the Bahrain team. Which won the match 175-134. The Bahrain team is represented by Wael BASIONY, Teodoras MACI, Imran Ali ABEDI, Meir NONOO, Mahesh LAKHANI, whereas Bangladesh team is represented by Mirza Sajid ISPAHANI, A.H.M KAMRUZZAMAN, Md. Zahid HOSSAIN, Shah Zia-ul HAQUE, Md. Asifur Rahman CHOWDHURY & Md. Moshiur RAHMAN. Tomorrow India plays Bahrain in a 32-boards final

Women Teams - PAKISTAN tops in the WOMEN Teams event. After a grueling 4 round-robins (of 3 matches each), the PAKISTAN Women team (AZWER Zeenat, AGHA Rubina, DOSSA Qudsia, BOKHARI Roshan Ara, SAEED HAI Rubina, RAZA Fatima), topped with a score of 213.5 VPs. The Indian team (Hema DEORA, Marianne KARMARKAR, Rita CHOKSI, Bharati DEY, Tutu NARULA & Asha SURANA) came in 2nd position with 205.5 VPs. The Palestine & Sri Lanka teams finished on 3rd & 4th positions with 164 & 135 VPs respectively. Both Pakistan & India thus qualify for the Venice Cup from Zone-4. Tomorrow both Pakistan & India will play a 32-boards final, which will determine the winner of the Women Teams for the coveted Vinodini Goenka Trophy, in the BFAME Championships 2013.

Seniors Teams - INDIA tops in SENIORS Teams. The fourth and last round-robin of the Seniors team event got completed yesterday and the Indian team comprising of Ashok GOEL, Vinod SHARMA, Sunil MACHHAR, R. SRIDHARAN, Kamal MUKHERJEE & Aloke SADHU topped with a score of 224 VPs. The Bangladesh team (HAQUE Brig.(Retd) M. Azizul, HAQUE Khandakar Muzharul, AHMED A.K. Firoze, HUSSAIN A.T.M. Moazzem) were 2nd ranked with 176; Sri Lanka with 168.5. and Pakistan with 150.5 VPs were ranked 3rd and 4th. Both India & Bangladesh thus qualify to represent Zone-4 in the Seniors Cup. Tomorrow India plays Bangladesh in a 32-boards final, which will determine the winner of the Seniors Teams, for the Nawzad Shaker Trophy, in the BFAME Championships 2013.

For more details see Bulletin no 7.

 •  DAY 6 - 9th June 2013

Open Teams -With the completion of the last 2 rounds today, the 2nd and final round-robin of the open event got over. The Indian OPEN Team (Mrs. Kiran NADAR, B. Satyanarayana, Sunit CHOKSHI K.R. VENKATRAMAN, B. PRABHAKAR & Rajeshwar TEWARI) topped the round robin stage with 289 VPs, to be ranked 1 for the semi-finals. The Bangladesh team (ISPAHANI Mirza Sajid, KAMRUZZAMAN A.H.M., HOSSAIN Md. Zahid, HAQUE Shah Zia-ul, CHOWDHURY Md.Asifur Rahman & RAHMAN Md. Moshiur) were in 2nd position with 251 VPs. BAHRAIN (223 VPs) & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (201 VPs) secured the 3rd & 4th positions to qualify for the semi-finals. Kuwait (185) Sri Lanka (183) & Pakistan (155) were eliminated from the event securing 5th to 7th positions. This wasn’t a good performance from the Pakistan open team, who have done exceedingly well in all earlier BFAME events. India chose UAE and Bangladesh thus played against Bahrain in the 4*16 boards semi-final. The first session of the semi-finals was played today and the remaining 3 sessions will be played tomorrow.

Women Teams - At the end of the 3rd Round-robin today, the Pakistan team continued their dominance of the Women event, retaining their TOP ranking for the 4th and final round-robin, with a score of 166.5 VPs. India lost their last match of the 3rd round robin against Pakistan by 22-8 VPs and were in 2nd position with 145.5 VPs. Palestine & Sri Lanka were on 133 & 94 VPs for the 3rd & 4th positions. Round 1 of the 4th round robin has been played and at the end of the 6th day, the Pakistan team is on top with 190.5 VPs. The Indian team is in 2nd position with 169.5 VPs. The Palestine & Sri Lanka teams are in 3rd & 4th positions with 139 & 100 VPs respectively. 2 more rounds are to be played, after which the 2 TOP teams will go to the finals.

Seniors Teams -The 3rd round-robin of the Seniors event got completed today and the Indian team retained their TOP position for the 4th round robin with a score of 162 VPs. Bangladesh was 2nd with 142; Sri Lanka with 123.5 and Pakistan with 111.5 VPs were ranked 3rd and 4th. One round of the 4th and last round-robin has been played today and India is on top position with 179 VPs at the end of 6th day of the championship. Bangladesh is on 152, Sri Lanka on 143.5 and Pakistan on 124.5 VPs. The 2 TOP teams qualify for the Seniors Bowl.

For more details see Bulletin no 6.

 •  DAY 5 - 8th June 2013

Open Teams - The Indian OPEN Team (Mrs. Kiran NADAR, B. Satyanarayana, Sunit CHOKSHI, K.R. VENKATRAMAN, B. PRABHAKAR & Rajeshwar TEWARI)) continued their excellent performance on the 5th day of the championship, though UAE stunned them with a 22-8 victory in the 11th round. India are in commanding positions with 247 VPs in 12 rounds, an excellent average of 20+ VPs. The Bangladesh team (ISPAHANI Mirza Sajid, KAMRUZZAMAN A.H.M., HOSSAIN Md. Zahid, HAQUE Shah Zia-ul, CHOWDHURY Md. Asifur Rahman & RAHMAN Md. Moshiur) are in 2nd position with 222 VPs. Bahrain and UAE are vying for the semi-final berths. They are currently on 3rd & 4th positions with 197 & 168 VPs, respectively. The top 4 teams will qualify for the semi-finals starting on the 9th June.

 
 
  Play in progress
Round Robin stage

Women Teams - Two rounds of the 3rd Round-robin were completed on the 5th day of the 17th BFAME Championships. The Pakistan team (AZWER Zeenat, AGHA Rubina, DOSSA Qudsia, BOKHARI Roshan Ara, SAEED HAI Rubina, RAZA Fatima), who were leaders at the end of round robin-1 & round robin-2 are still going strong and maintaining their position at the top with a score of 144.5 VPs, after completion of 8 rounds. The Indian team (DEORA Hema, KARMARKAR Marianne, CHOKSI Rita, DEY Bharati, NARULA Tutu, SURANA Asha) are in 2nd position with 137.5 VPs. The Palestine & Sri Lanka teams are in 3rd & 4th positions with 115 & 82 VPs respectively. The 2 TOP teams would earn the right to represent Zone-4 in the Venice Cup.

Seniors Teams - With 1 round to go in the 3rd round-robin, the Indian team comprising of Ashok GOEL, Vinod SHARMA, Sunil MACHHAR, R. SRIDHARAN, Kamal MUKHERJEE & Aloke SADHU have retained their TOP position of the 1st & 2nd round robin, with a score of 139 VPs. The Bangladesh team (HAQUE Brig.(Retd) M. Azizul, HAQUE Khandakar Muzharul, AHMED A.K. Firoze, HUSSAIN A.T.M. Moazzem) with 135 VPs is just 4 short of India to be in 2nd place, and Sri Lanka & Pakistan are on 3rd & 4th place with 105.5 & 99.5 VPs respectively. The 2 TOP teams would earn the right to represent Zone-4 in the Seniors Bowl.

For more details see Bulletin no 5.

 •  DAY 4 - 7th June 2013

Open Teams -First round robin of the OPEN event was completed, at the end of 7 rounds. The Indian team led the field with 147 VPs in their 7 rounds, a very healthy average of 21 VPs. Bangladesh with 120 VPs, Bahrain with 118 VPs and Sri Lanka with 109 VPs took the 2nd to 4th positions respectively. Based on the 1st round-robin rankings, the teams were assigned new numbers for the 2nd round-robin. 2 rounds of the second round robin have been played and at the end of the 4th day’s play, the Indian Team is leading comfortably with 189 VPs. The Bangladesh team is in 2nd position with 161 VPs. Sri Lanka & Bahrain are in race for the semi-finals, currently sitting on 3rd & 4th positions with 146 & 139 VPs, respectively.

Women Teams - The ladies finished their 2nd round robin at the end of the 4th day. The Pakistan team, leaders at the end of round robin-1 are still going strong and have retained their position at the top with a score of 101.5 VPs, after completion of 6 rounds (completion of RR-2) yesterday. The Indian team is in 2nd position with 100.5 VPs. The Palestine team is in 3rd place with 92 VPs and Sri Lanka team is in 4th place with 65 VPs.

Seniors Teams -The Senior teams completed their 2nd round robin yesterday. At the end of 6 rounds (RR-2), the Indian team has retained their TOP position of the 1st round robin, with a score of 112 VPs. The Bangladesh team is in 2nd place with 94 VPs, and Pakistan & Sri Lanka are on 3rd & 4th place with 77.5 & 75.5 VPs respectively. New numbering has been given to the teams for the 3rd round robin on the basis of their 2nd round robin rankings.

For more details see Bulletin no 4.

 •  DAY 3 - 6th June 2013

Open Teams -At the end of the 3rd day, 6 rounds of the Round Robin-1 have been completed in the OPEN Team event. The teams will be playing 1 more round tomorrow to complete the proceedings of the first round-robin. After 6 rounds, the Indian Team is leading with 122 VPs.The Bangladesh team is in 2nd position with 104 VPs, whereas United Arab Emirates & Bahrain are in 3rd & 4th positions with 103 & 102 VPs, respectively.

Women Teams - The 1st round robin of the Women’s event was completed today after playing 3 rounds. The Pakistan team were the leaders at the end of 1st round robin with 54 VPs. The teams were assigned new numbers for the 2nd round-robin, based on their ranks in the 1st round-robin. One round of the RR-2 got completed yesterday and at the end of 3rd day the Pakistan team & the Indian team shared the top position with 69 VPs. The Sri Lanka team is in 3rd place with 52 VPs and the Palestine team is in 4th place with 50 VPs.

Seniors Teams -The Senior teams completed their 1st round robin of 3 rounds yesterday. The Indian team topped the 1st round robin. The teams were given new numbering based on their 1st round robin rankings. One round of the 2nd round robin was played and at the end of Day-3, the Indian team is leading with 71 VPs after 4 rounds. The Bangladesh team is in 2nd place with 63 VPs, and Pakistan is in 3rd place with 54 VP.

For more details see Bulletin no 3.

 •  DAY 2 - 5th June 2013

 
  Play in progress
Round Robin stage

Friendship Event Over - The Battle Begins - All the 3 main events of the 17th BFAME Championships viz. OPEN, WOMEN and SENIORS started today morning. At the end of the day’s play, the host Indian Team with 59 VPs are leading in the OPEN event after 3 rounds. Bahrain & Sri Lanka with 52 VPs are sharing the 2nd position. In the Women’s event the Pakistan ladies are leading after 2 rounds with 40 VPs. India are in 2nd place with 37 VPs. In the Seniors’ event the Indian team is leading after 2 rounds with 39 VPs. Bangladesh with 31 VPs are in 2nd position.

For more details see Bulletin no 2.

 •  DAY 1 - 4th June 2013

 
   
  Geet Sethi
Chief Guest
  Lighting of Lamp
during Opening Ceremony

The 17th BFAME Championships organised by the Gujarat Bridge Federation commenced today at Hotel Hyatt, Ahmedabad, India. The championships were inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mr. Geet Sethi, a multiple times World Billiard Champion and World Snooker Master. Accompanying him on the dais were Secretary, BFAME Mr. Azwer ul-Haque of Pakistan; Mr. N.R. Kirubakara Moorthy, the President of Bridge Federation of India and Vice Presidents of BFAME; Mr. Lalith Ganlath, President, Bridge Federation of Sri Lanka; Mr. Sunit Chokshi the organising Secretary of the event and Mr. Ton Kooijman, the Chief Tournament Director from World Bridge Federation. The inaugural function started with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony by all the dignitaries on the dais. Mr. Ton Kooijman, then took the oath of sportsman spirit on behalf of the tournament directors and technical team, whereas Mrs. Rita Choksi took it on behalf of all the participating players.

 
 
  Play in Progress
during Friendship Pairs

Friendship Pairs Event - The tournament commenced with a Friendship Pairs (match points) event played in 2 sessions of 24 boards. 68 pairs, including many local pairs participated in the event. The Sri Lankan pair of Ashanta DE MEL - H H J KEERTHISENA with a massive score of 70.3% were the leaders at the end of the 1st session. Cricket fans should be really happy to know that Ashanta De Mel is the same man, who spearheaded the Sri Lankan fast bowling attack in the 70-80s. However, at the end of the event, it was the local duo of Vinay DESAI & Sapan DESAI who finally won the 2-session Friendship Pairs event. They scored 67.9% in 1st session and 57.3 in the 2nd session to score a well deserving win. The 2nd position with a score of 61.7% was taken by Keyzad ANKLESARIA, another Ahmedabad player playing with J.M. SHAH. Mrs. Kiran NADAR – B. SATYANARAYANA were 3rd with 61.2% score. The fourth spot was grabbed by young pair of Srinivasan IYENGAR - Animeshraj.

For more details see Bulletin no 1.

  

The Bridge Federation of Asia & Middle East (BFAME) is the Zone-4 of World Bridge Federation (WBF) with a membership of 13 countries.

The 17th BFAME Championships will be held in Ahmedabad, India at The Hyatt from Tuesday 4th June 2013 till Tuesday 11th June 2013. Seven Open teams and Four Women teams would be vying for the coveted Zakaria Adamjee Memorial Trophy and the Vinodini Goenka Trophy respectively. At least Four Seniors (aged 59+) would be competing alongside for Nawzad Shaker Trophy. After the initial double Round Robin qualification rounds (three matches a day) of 16 boards each, semi finals of 64 boards (16x4) would be played to determine the finalists in the Open. In the Women and Seniors categories the top two teams would go straight in the finals after playing quadruple Round Robin.

The Finalists in each category i.e. two teams each from the Open for the 41st Bermuda Bowl, symbol of world supremacy at Bridge, two teams from the Women for the 19th Venice Cup and two teams from the Seniors for the 7th Seniors Bowl would be representing Zone-4 and their respective countries in Bali, Indonesia later this year from 16th September till 29th September 2013.

India in addition to being the biggest NBO of Zone 4, Bridge Federation of India (BFI), will now have the unique distinction of hosting the BFAME Championships for a record four (4) times and second time running. Jordan was the first country to host BFAME Championships thrice and also is the only country to have hosted the maximum numbers of 21 (13 Open and 8 Women) teams in 1995 when present day Zone-8 was part of our Zone.

 •  History

Open Teams - Pakistan Open, the Champions of 16th BFAME have won the BFAME Championship for a record 7 times (once jointly with South Africa in 1999) followed by India 6 times, South Africa thrice (including the one jointly with Pakistan in 1999) and Egypt once.

Women Teams - Indian Women team, the current Champions have dominated the BFAME Championship and have won a record 9 times while Egypt have won thrice and South Africa and Jordan twice. Pakistan Women team is still searching for the elusive title.

Seniors Teams - In Seniors, Pakistan is the leader as they have won four times (Pakistan were joint winners with Bangladesh in 2005 in Dhaka and with India in 2011 in Chennai) while India have won twice and Bahrain and Bangladesh have won only once.

Pakistan happens to be the only country who have participated in all the three categories of BFAME since first championship in 1981.

Year Venue Winners
Open Teams
Women Teams
Seniors Teams
1981  Bangalore, India Pakistan India  
1983  Port Louise, Mauritius Pakistan India  
1985  Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan India  
1987  Colombo, Sri Lanka Pakistan Egypt  
1989  Cairo, Egypt Egypt India  
1991  New Delhi, India Pakistan Egypt  
1993  Port Louis, Mauritius South Africa South Africa  
1995  Amman, Jordan South Africa South Africa  
1997  Cape Town, South Africa India Egypt  
1999  Colombo, Sri Lanka Pakistan, South Africa India  
2001  Manama, Bahrain India India Bahrain
2003  Amman, Jordan India India Pakistan
2005  Dhaka, Bangladesh India India Bangladesh, Pakistan
2007  Karachi, Pakistan India Jordan India
2009  Amman, Jordan India Jordan Pakistan
2011  Chennai, India Pakistan India India, Pakistan

  

The 17th BFAME Championships will start on 4th June 2013 with Opening Ceremony at 09.30 AM followed by two sessions Friendship Pairs event open to all. The main championships will start on 5th June after Captains' meeting. Prize giving over Victory Banquet will be held on evening of 11th June.

Wireless scoring through Bridge Mates would be in use for the entire Championship for the fourth time in BFAME. Live scores would be uploaded on the Internet throughout the championship. There will be Vu-Graph presentation for local viewers and BBO telecast for international viewers.

Entry Fee for any one Open, Women or Senior Team would be US$ 2,000/-. However combined entry fee for two or three teams would be US$ 3,500/- or US$ 5,000/-. A discount of US$ 300/- per team is being offered to teams occupying a minimum of two rooms at the venue hotel.

Entry Fee for Friendship Pairs event is US$ 40/- or INR 2,000/- (for Indian Nationals) per pair.


  Return to top of page Close Window