Karachi: Regional Bridge Championship got underway at Aslam Bridge Hall, National Stadium here under the auspices of Karachi Bridge Association. Nine teams are competing for the title; prominent among them are Allana, Inbox, Bilal, Data Steel, Karachi Aces and Foxy. Stalwarts are the underdogs.
Three rounds have been completed on the opening day of the round robin league matches and at this stage, Karachi Aces have attained the top position. In fact this team had won two very important matches, first they defeated Inbox 21-9, having the four members of the national team, then in the third round they have defeated another hopeful, Allana 19-11. There was bye in the second round. Karachi Aces have two veteran pairs of Abdul Khaliq, Nasir Reza Khan, Anwer Kizilbash, Ghulam Muhammad and Asghar Abbas. They have now total score of 60 V.P, to their credit.
Foxy having Mazhar Ali Khan, Reza Naqvi, A.K. Bhurgari, Hashim Hameed, S.A.K. Sami and Afzal Shaikh won three matches of the opening day. They edged out Data Steel 16-14, Aces 20-10 and Rubina 23-7. Stalwarts have 57 V.P. followed by Bilal 52, Data Steel 49, Allana 48, Rubina 42, Inbox 29 and Aces 21.