The 2016 Slava Memorial Cup will be held at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow (Russia) from February 19-21.
This event will be organized as two independent competitions: the team tournament and the pair tournament.
The team tournament will consist of 8 teams personally invited by the Organizing Committee.
The pair tournament will consist of 36-44 pairs, no more than 1/3 of which will be admitted by invitation of the Organizing Committee and the Russian Bridge Federation sport grade of the players as of February 1, 2016 will be used as a criterion for the selection of the rest participants.. The number of participants in the pair tournament may be increased by special decision of the Organizing Committee.
The Slava Cup is one of the greatest European bridge tournaments. This event is in memory of Slava Grinuk (1970-1999). Some years ago Vladimir Ivanov told Neapolitan Club the story:
“He was an ordinary bridge player from Moscow. He died young of cancer, and his friends, who were not bridge players, decided that the best thing they could do to commemorate him was to establish an annual tournament bearing his name. They were rather wealthy so they sponsored the event. It started as a small Russian tournament, but in a few years became am international event. Now it is the most prestigious tournament held in Russia. The touching part of the story that those guys are still sponsoring it despite the fact that they don’t know the first thing about bridge”.
In 2015 Slava Memorial Cup, Monaco won the Team Tournament, Ehud Friendlander and Inon Liran from Israel won the Pair Tourment.