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Message from the President
Lt Gen IJ Singh,
AVSM, VSM (Retd)
I welcome all players to the 2016 edition of the annual All India Gymkhana Bridge Fiesta. This tournament at the club is now well over two decades old and we are proud of the ever growing popularity of the event. It is an honour and privilege for us to host the tournament that has become one of the popular events on the Indian Bridge calendar. This time the tournament comes on the backdrop of India hosting the World Bridge Team Championship at Chennai, a few weeks ago and I take this opportunity of congratulating the Bridge Federation of India for holding an extremely successful event, that did our country proud.
Bridge is a serious mind sport, but it has always been our endeavour to add in loads of fun to this event and we hope that the fun you have this year will meet or exceed your expectations. The organising committee has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to ensure a successful event and I wish to thank them for volunteering their time, energy and putting in the hard work and planning that goes into the conduct of such an event.
Winter is a lovely time in the capital and we hope all of you enjoy the weather, the food and naturally the Bridge that is at the heart of the event.
I wish to thank the sponsors of the event. A big thank you to the family of Late Brij Mohan Gupta who have been assisting with the sponsorship of this event over the past many years. Also thanks to our co-sponsors Godfrey Phillips India Ltd and Indian Oil.
A few years ago one could never have imagined that technology would come to play such a huge part in this game. These additions, as automated card dealing machines, bridgemate scoring devices, computers, projectors and vugraph uploads for live viewing by anyone in the world are all being used in this tournament.
May you all have a terrific time at this tournament and may the Bridge Gods shower you with Aces, Kings and Queens! Good luck!
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.
The web pages of this tournament have been created by Sudhir Aggarwal