• Welcome

Welcome to the home page of the India Open Bridge Tournament 2015 being organised by Delhi Gymkhana Club from 13th Feb to 15th Feb 2015.


To view the Tournament Brochure click here

• Message from the President

 
 
  Vijay Chhibber (IAS)
President

Welcome once again to the Delhi Gymkhana India Open Bridge tournament 2015. Time does fly as it seems hardly a few months ago that I was welcoming you to the 2014 tournament! During the course of the past few months the game of bridge has been taking centre stage at our club as we gave our bridge room a much needed makeover and then held the Delhi selection trials of the Venice Cup here. This was quickly followed by hosting the Ladies India Team Final Selection Trials for the Venice Cup which finished yesterday.

We are happy that for the first time the World Bridge Team Championships are being hosted in India later this year. I congratulate the BFI on being successful in the bidding process for holding this event in Chennai and wish them all the very best. The popularity of bridge as a mind sport has been growing over the years and it gives us great pleasure to host this tournament early in the calendar year again this time. Winter is a lovely time in the capital and it is a privilege and honour for us to continue to sponsor this annual event under the auspices of the BFI and it has now become an important part of their National Calendar.

Like all sports, bridge too is a competitive game. The difference our Club brings to this event is the added loads of fun and an atmosphere that is full of joy. We do hope you enjoy the overall experience and ambience that we seek to provide during the three days of this bridge fiesta. I want to thank all the members of the tournament committee who have worked long and hard to make this event happen.

Events such as these are proving difficult without assistance and sponsorship and a special thanks to the family of the Late Brij Mohan Gupta who have been supporting this event over the past many years. All the chatter will be about slams, finesses and coups in the Gymkhana Club over the next three days and we do hope you all enjoy yourself playing against some of the top bridge talent in the country. Wish you all the very best & Happy Bridging.

• About Delhi Gymkhana Club

The Imperial Delhi Gymkhana Club was established on 3rd July 1913 at Coronation Grounds, Delhi for use of the ruling elite comprising of officers of the Indian Civil Service, Armed Forces and Civil Residents of the then Delhi. The Lutyens Delhi was conceived during 1912-1930 and consequently, "The Imperial Delhi Gymkhana Club", was allotted 27.3 acres of land in Lutyens Delhi, during 1928 when the perpetual lease was signed with the Govt.


Mr. Spencer Harcourt Butler was its first President. When India gained Independence in 1947, the word "Imperial" was dropped and it was simply known as "Delhi Gymkhana Club". Sir Usha Nath was the first Indian President of the Club. The Club so far has had 52 Presidents. The present president is Mr. Vijay Chhibber, IAS. The club is located in the heart of Lutyen's New Delhi occupying 27.3 acres of prime land. As per site plan made on the drawing board by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens as part of his grand design for Imperial Celebrations, Lutyens Delhi - the eighth in line - was built in an area littered with stones, tombs, domes, ruined walls and gardens of former Capitals - the historic cross roads and battle grounds of India.


The club is primarily a sporting club and has the distinction of having 26 grass courts and 7 clay/synthetic courts with three of them flood lit. The grass courts have been in existence since 1940. The club has an active tennis membership of over 200 and also runs an active training academy for juniors. Despite increasing preference for synthetic courts, the Club maintains its grass courts and can boast of the largest number of grass courts in the country which if not better are of as good as the Wimbledon Grass Courts The Club has the proud privilege of holding several National & International championships including the Grand Prix Tennis Tournament and Davis Cup matches. Some of the top Tennis and Squash Players have played here.


The clay /synthetic courts are the main stay during the rainy season when grass courts are closed. They perfectly align in the North-South axis and are surrounded by thick bushy trees so that the screens are not visible. The lush plants surrounding these courts are interspersed with perennial flowering bushes which lend a pleasant colour. An interesting feature of the club is its location in the middle of an elite residential area. As a result, the Club has tennis almost through out the day. The busy professionals like to play early in the morning combined with breakfast in the club, followed by their house wives later in the evening.


The Club also has 3 squash courts, a covered swimming pool with solar heating facilities, functional through out the year, a dining hall with three bars, a restaurant and a library probably larger than any other club in India with approximately thirty five thousand books with reading rooms for adults and children and 43 transit cottages for its members who come and stay here from all over the world.