By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 22nd April:- The three-days national-level Chandigarh Open Bridge Championship commenced at Hotel The Lalit.
The team Agarwals of Uttar Pradesh and Team Steel Strips were leading the pack by evening out of the 29 teams that registered for the championship representing states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Utrakhand, Delhi, West Bengal, and Chandigarh.
The Team Agarwals of Uttar Pradesh included Indresh Agarwal, Col Sabharwal, Sushil Agarwal, C P Agarwal, and P. Garg, while the local Team Steel has four members, namely Subhash Gupta, Sapan Desai, Swarendu Banerjee, and Arun Bagpat.
The eight teams would get shortlisted by tomorrow afternoon in the Swiss League of 10 boards per round, who would go into Super League, and the pair sessions shall be played tomorrow and on Sunday to select top eight pairs.Earlier, the leading Bridge players, K R Lakhanpal, and Steel Strips’ managing director R K Garg formally inaugurated the championship.
Just as the Director announced the beginning of the championship, the entire hall fell into complete silence as the players engaged themselves in this game that requires extreme concentration, focus, and intellect to win over the opposite team.
H.S. Dhariwal. President of CBA said that the Association is doing its bit to promote the game in the city by opening a coaching centre for Bridge in the Sector 42 Hockey stadium.
There is prize money of Rs.2 lakh for eight teams and eight pairs in the tournament.
Prominent players included Anoop Dhawan, and his team mate Rana Roy, captain of the Indian Railways team who has been eight times winner of the famous Ruia Cup of Indian Bridge Federation.He added that Chandigarh Open has been a major attraction since its inception in 2000, and Bridge being the game of patience and intellect, fascinates every age group.
CBA also runs training workshops at the Bridge Coaching Centre that it has opened in the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, where those interested to learn the fundamentals of this game can join.
Chandigarh team has been participating in international bridge tournaments every year, and the game stands on the beverage of being included as an Olympic sports.