From Saturday, the 42nd World Bridge Teams championships will kick off with an opening ceremony in Chennai at the ITC Grand Chola hotel with 66 teams participating with matches featuring across the three categories starting tomorrow.
India for the first time is hosting the games that will be played on a round-robin-cum-knockout format and will end on October 10 of next month.
N.R. Kirubakara Moorthy, while speaking at a press conference today, who is the president of Bridge Federation of India said that “The main purpose of bringing this event to India is to popularise the sport.”
The three categories in this event are the Venice Cup for women, Bermuda Bowl for the open category & d’Orsi Seniors Bowl for players aged 60 and above.
22 teams as per the draw from the eight zones of World Bridge Federation (WBF) will take part in each of these tournament, that will be played as a single complete round-robin (21 matches) with every team will face each other. The top eight teams will qualify for the knock-out stages, at the end of the round-robin stage.
In the open category, the Indian contingent will be represented by the Indian Railways team, that comprises Amarnath Banerjee, Subir Majumder, Sumit Mukherjee, Rana Roy, Gopinath Manna and Debbrata Majumder.
The Indian women’s team will be represented by Hema Deora, Kawaljit Singh, Firoza Chotia, Marianne Karmarkar, Puja Batra, Aparna Sain & Monica Jajoo while the seniors team will be represented by K.R. Venkatraman, Ashok Kumar Goel, R. Krishnan, Sunil Machhar, Aloke Sadhu & Badal Das.
Speaking on the occasion, WBF president Gianarrigo Rona said, “Bridge is a sport and not a card game. It is a sport that just uses cards as a playing instrument and requires a good head and physical fitness like any other sport.