• Welcome

Welcome to the home page of the Delhi Gymkhana Club India Open Bridge Tournament 2020 for Dhampur Sugar Mills Trophy being organised by Delhi Gymkhana Club from 27th February to 1st March 2020. This tournament is categorised as National Zonal Qualifying Event for BFI Ranking Point Scheme 2020.

To view the Tournament Brochure click here  To register your Team Click here
To view Applicable Supplemental Conditions of Contest click here  

• Archive

• Message from the President

  Lt. Gen. D R Soni
PVSM,VSM (Retd) President

I welcome all players to the 2020 edition of our annual bridge event. The club, takes pride that this tournament that is now well into its third decade here, has always enjoyed being amongst the favourite venues for bridge players across the country. Over the years, we have sought to increase the fun and enjoyment that folks have at the event, and your continued patronage bears testimony to our efforts. As a part of our effort for continuous improvement we have upgraded the event to a four day format this year and hopefully this enhances your experience in the event

The Bridge Federation of India has always supported this event. This year they have honoured us by recognising it as a North Zonal qualifying event for selection of players to participate in coaching camps to select the national teams for participation in world events.We are honoured, privileged and indeed flattered at our event being selected as a part of this process.

The bridge rooms at the club have always been a hive of activity. The tables are always buzzing with social games or monthly tournament events and we have bridge teaching sessions as well.

As our expression of thanks, to the bridge community at large, we hold this four day annual bridge event and welcome players from all over the country.

Holding any event is never an easy task and I take this opportunity to thank the many people associated with the successful running of this tournament. The main sponsor for this years event is Dhampur Sugar Mills Ltd. and to them and all advertisers who have generously contributed we owe a big Thank You. The organising committee of this tournament has worked overtime to ensure that everyone has a competitive but fun filled experience, and the administrative side of the club has walked the extra mile to ensure Gymkhana hospitality at its best. Finally, we owe the biggest thanks to you the players, who are participating and enabling us to hold the event in the first place.

Finally, may the colourful month of Holi bless you with lots Aces, Kings and Queens as you fight your way to success on the bridge table and beyond. Cheers and do have fun.

• Message from President - Bridge Federation of India

  S. Sundareshan
President, BFI

The Bridge federation of india extends a warm welcome to all players at this year’s edition of the Delhi Gymkhana Club’s India Open Bridge tournament. We have had a long and cherished association with the club and this tournament for many decades now. The presence of players from across the country bears testimony to the positive experience all of us enjoy here.

During the course of the last year the BFI has revamped and upgraded its selection policy for choosing players and teams to represent the country. The Delhi Gymkhana Club’s event automatically stood out as one of the tournaments that needs to be included in our ranking scale for selection to coaching camps that ultimately leads to selection of players to represent the country. This was on account, both of the quality and number of players that regularly participate in this tournament. The magnificence of the venue and the administrative arrangements at the club only reinforced our choice.

I always say that the magic of this game, the real treasure is not in its competitiveness, but rather in the way it gets people together. The friends that you make on the bridge table last you a lifetime and beyond. It is this spirit that I urge you to remember as you compete in this tournament. Of course, I wish you all success in this event, play a good game, make those slams but more importantly make a few friends as well as you leave the table.

I also wish to thank the main sponsor of the event, Dhampur Sugar Mills Ltd. as well as all other advertisers who stepped forward to lend support to the tournament.

Do have a good time and I look forward to meeting many of you as we battle across the bridge table!.

Good luck.

• Message from Chairman - Organising Committee

  Siddhartha Behura
Chairman, Organising Committee

May I take this opportunity of welcoming you all to the 2020 edition of the Delhi Gymkhana Club India Open Bridge Tournamnet.

The end of Winter turning to Spring is always a lovely time in the capital city and we hope you enjoy your visit, and the splendour of the atmosphere as much as the game of bridge. This tournament has always been more than just about bridge - It’s been about fun and enjoyment as much as about the game.

This event also gives our bridge loving club members a chance to match skills with the top bridge talent in the country. Bridge players from our club have always had excellent things to say about the host establishment when travelling for outside tournaments. Hosting this four day tournament is our small way of saying “Thank You” back to the bridge fraternity within the country.

Running a big event like this is always all about getting a team together to look after various aspects of the tournament. 

The General Committee of the club has been generous in allowing us to use the facilities and virtually take over many areas of the premises. Thanks also to the tournament committee for volunteering their time, effort and energy in coordinating the various aspects as well as to the technical team and team of directors. The administrative side of the club, led by the secretary and his team have walked the extra mile to ensure “Gymkhana hospitality” at its best. Most of all we have to thank you, the players for coming here and participating. 

Events such as these are made possible only with the generous support of sponsors. A special mention of our main sponsor Dhampur Sugar Mills Ltd. as well as all other advertisers who have contributed so generously in enabling us to host this tournament.

We do hope you enjoy the atmospherics that surround the event as much as the game of bridge itself and good luck in all your events.

• About Delhi Gymkhana Club

The Delhi Gymkhana Club is one of the oldest Clubs in India. It moved to its present location on the 3rd July 1913. It was then called the “Imperial Delhi Gymkhana Club” and 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”.

Gymkhana club or the Imperial Delhi Gymkhana club had it humble origins in July 1913. In the initial years, the Polo Club was seen as a part of Gymkhana Club until it was achieved off as a separate entity in the 1930s when the Polo Club moved to New Delhi. The history of the Delhi Gymkhana Club’s origin is not well documented and it is only after 1927 that the club’s history starts getting recorded.

The Gymkhana Club in New Delhi was built at its current address in the early 1930s. The contract for building was given to architect Robert T Russell whose other two building become landmarks in the city: The Connaught place and the commanders-in-chief’s residence, later known as Teen Murti House the residence of prime minister Nehru. Russell was keen that the design of the new structure should complement the bungalows that were coming up right across the road. His drawing of the main building, the residential areas, and even the servant quarters reflect the spartan yet the majestic building set amidst green lawns. In fact, Russell remained involved in the Club’s management and refurbishment until the 1930s as a member of the general committee. The coming up of a new structure that was contracted to one of the two big contractors of New Delhi, Sir Teja Singh Malik, saw the main building take shape with a gravel path in front and a swimming bath close to Safdarjung Road.

The web pages of this tournament have been created by Sudhir Aggarwal