Pankaj Mehta's team in lead

NEW DELHI NOV. 9. With only two of the ten rounds remain to be played there was a scramble among the leading teams to finish within the first eight places in the PHD-GPI bridge tournament here today.

Pankaj Mehta's team from Moradabad, having a tally of 165 VP, is in lead at the end of eighth round. Well Knit from Chennai remained at the second place (163 VP).

After scoring a 24-6 win against HOPE (Delhi) Mehta's team was concerned in a losing draw (14-16) in the match against Well Knit.

However, the team maintained its top place and tightened its grip with a 18-12 win over Aligarh Blues, taking its score to 165 VP.

Well Knit consolidated its place having registered two significant wins in the earlier rounds — against Juniper (24-6) and Sista (25 VP).

Bimal's team (Calcutta) was third with 159 VP, followed by Aligarh Blues 153 VP.

The leading teams (Eighth round): Pankaj Mehta (Moradabad) 165; Well Knit (Chennai) 163; Bimal's (Kolkata) 159; Aligarh Blues 153; Formidables (Delhi) 149; Mrs. Pramila Saraf (Kolkata) 145; Agsar Paints (Chennai) 145; C. V. Rao (Vizag) 144; Lawrence Club (Kolkata) 144; Maheshwari 140; Azure 140; Dhampur Sugar Mill 139; Tolani Shipping 139; Trambak Rubber (Kolkata) 135.

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