The first session began almost on time. Two of the side rooms at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose indoor stadium provided the venue for the first session. The semi-finals were played under the stands of the Eden Gardens, the famous cricket stadium. There was a VU GRAPH for the knockout rounds, however, the equipment could not be moved before the start of the first session, so the first session of the final was not on the VU GRAPH.
Master and Debashish played in the Open Room vs. Prabhakaran and Venkatraman. Apparently, Venky had forgotten the notes of their convention cards (which formed quite a thick wad), however, the INDIA BLUES team had no problem with not having that for reference, so the game started without any issues. In the Close room, Vivek and I played against Kiran and Sathya.
Vivek and I had a good session except in the beginning, however, we missed a game on deal 15, so it wasn't all roses. The final score was 32-26 in favour of INDIA BLUES.
Session I, Ruia final, Kolkata, 16th Dec., 2001
|Open Room||Debashish Roy||B. Prabhakaran||K V Krishnamurthy||Venkatraman|
|Close Room||B. Sathyanarayan||Prakash Paranjape||Kiran Nadar||Vivek Bhand|
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