Sports: Bridge: All Pakistan Bridge Tournament concludes

Karachi: The All Pakistan Bridge Tournament concluded Sunday evening at picturesque Islamabad Club, with 16 teams participating from all over Pakistan. Though there had been some dribbling, some ups and down during the process, but reigning national champions, Puri Real Estate, showing a great form, never for a moment felt any worrying moment and in the end, they carried away the title and the rich purse.

Puri Real Estate, having Mubashir Puri, Junaid Said, Hamed Mohiuddin and Rashid Jafer, fought every inch, despite the fact that their team had no reliever, they have shown a strong stamina to play nine rounds of 12 Boards each and yet making fewer mistakes. Till 6th round Puri remained unbeaten, and lost first match to stalwarts’ team, Pindi Force and then Karachi’s second best entry, Data Steel. in the 7th and 8th rounds. However, Puri went all out in the last match against Sabres to collect maximum 20.00 V.P. which ensured the title and the rich purse. Puri scored 122.43 V.P.

Saga, the champions of the year 2012, finished second having a score of 116.96. in the last three sessions, Saga, having Ghalib Bandeshah, Assad Maqbool, , Sarim Shakir, Asad Iqbal, Shahid Rafiq and Sarwar Khan made brilliant moves to win all their matches and elevated to second position. Lahore’s Aces having Ahsan Qureshi, Farooq Alvi, Ghias Malik and Noman Butt in its fold must be repenting their unfortunate defeat from Silver Stars in the 8th round. Aces claimed third berth. Hold’em scored 111.94 V.P. to claim fourth prize. Having Uzair Kamal, Arslan Mansur, Umar Aslam and Mohammed Imran, Hold’em were surprised by Silver Stars in the last round which pushed them to fourth position.

Pindi Force having veterans like Javed Khalid, Saeed Akhtar, Masud Mazhar, Shauq Hussain and Nawab Yusuf Talpur and Silver Stars having Col Taqi, Jehangir Rehman, Imran Karim and Sikandar Butt shared 5th position, however, while Pindi Force could not put their best foot forward throughout the 9 rounds, on the other hand Silver Stars put up much improved performance.

Internationally acclaimed Tournament Director, Ihsan Qadir conducted the tournament with the required discipline and accuracy for which he is known throughout the Bridge World.

Following are the standings of the 16 teams:

Puri Real Estate 122.43, Saga 116.96, Aces 111.74, Hold’em 108.70, Pindi Force 103.40, Silver Stars 103.40, Data Steel 101.25, Ahsan 90.82, Aliogre 87.20, Sabres 87.02, Threads n Needles 85.29, Smokin Aces 81.41, Mastermind 73.26, Lahore 67.51, Pindi Aces 56.82 and Rhapsody 42.79 V.P.

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