Karachi, June 18: In the Century Insurance Bridge Tournament continued at the Aslam Bridge Hall, under the auspices of Karachi Bridge Association over two days, the ultimate champions turned out to be Century Insurance themselves, who captured the title for their first episode of 2012 by successfully overpowering their prospective rivals like national team and other strong muscled rivals.
Century Insurance having scored 149 V.P. in eight rounds of Swiss Movement, won 6 and lost two, Their combinations of Saleem Zaki-Ghulam Muhammed, Wajahat Suri-Sh. Muqeet and Tanvir Mazahir partnering mostly with Muqeet, have produced amazing results, In the last four rounds Century Insurance first thwarted Dynamo 18-12, then lost to ever zealous Chandna 11-19 V.P. just to register two outright victories against Foxy 20-10 and finally Attackers 19-11 V.P.
National Champions Tehsin with Junaid Said and Farrukh Liaquat from Lahore, and their regular outwit of Mubashir Puri and Khaled Mohiuddin, fell short of 5 V.P. as they scored 144 for the second place. They could have done better, had they saved their 6th round match against treasurer hunters like Stalwarts, who ultimately finished fourth sharing this berth with Dynamo. Tehsin in the last three rounds defeated GFQ 23-7, Marathon 21- and cleanbowled Dynamo 25-5.
Chandna, the daring campaigner of the Championship scored 143, just a solitary points behind Tehsin. Having somewhat easy run against ACES 25-,5 in the 5th session, they went fighting down to the winners, Century Insurance 19-11 in the 6th round. Thereafter there was no hurdle, as they had beaten Dynamo 20-10 in the 7th round and a star-studded Marathon 25-2 V.P.
At the conclusion of the Championship the Chief Guest, Mr. Muhammad Hussain Hirji, CEO of Century Insurance presented prizes to the winning teams. In his short speech, Mr. Hairji emphasized the importance of Mind Sports, especially the involvement of the youth in healthy mind sports, and said such activities keep them away from negative thinking and they become a gem to the society. Mr. Tariq Rasheed Khan, former President, Pakistan Bridge Federation presented bouquet to the Chief Guest on behalf of the Karachi Bridge Association and bridge players for Mr. Hirji’s excellent support to the competitive bridge.