LAHORE - The Fauji Cement Bridge Championship commenced at the perfect bridge arena of Lahore Gymkhana Club and the big news was that we had bridge players from Bahawalpur as competitors too and they were superbly confident and all determined to match expertise with the top ones from Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Abbotabad, Multan and Lahore. The sporting Brig Zubair Tahir of the Fauji Cement Ltd performed the opening ceremony with big cheers from many top icons of bridge which were present on the occasion. At the very outset, Brig(r) Zubair complimented the Karachi bridge players for going through a lot of discomfort and perhaps, after many decades, using the train as a means of travel, and not a big surprise though, the discomfort too visible on their faces. At the end of the first session, two dominant pairs of AVM Niaz Husain and Air Commodore (r) Kiyani with 289.9 match points (mp) were leading and just a fraction behind were the internationals Munir Ataullah and Javed Khalid with 285.3 match points.