Ludhiana: The main competition of the 44th winter national bridge championship started with only 128 teams at the Sutlej Club on Sunday.
The organisers were expecting a record entry this year and the current figure was, therefore, a huge letdown. Punjab chief minister Capt. Amrinder Singh inaugurated the meet the previous day. Sunday morning saw the beginning of Ruia Trophy, where the teams were divided into two groups of 64 each.
Top positions (after Round V)
Section A: Sunil Machhar IV (104 VP), Asggar Paints (102 VP), Nagbagan (Bengal) (99 VP), Indian Railways ‘B’ (96 VP), Arijit Guha’s IV (94 VP). Section B: C. V. Rao’s IV (106 VP), Alok Daga’s IV (104 VP), Jeroo Mango’s IV (96 VP), Aswini Mehta’s IV (95 VP), Arcelor Mumbai (93 VP).