Laws of Duplicate Bridge
This club was formed as Pakistan Contract Bridge League (PCBL) way back in 1974 with Dr. Muhammad Iliyas as its founder President and Syed Ameer Hasan as its founder Secretary, both before and after its incorporation. Shabbir Kizilbash played a vital role in the development of the Memorandum and Articles of Association for its registration. We used to play at Bangalore Town Hall in Bangalore Housing Society off Tipu Sultan Road in Karachi. Dr. Muhammad Iliyas, ably assisted by Aslam Sheikh and Mehdi Mustafa used to run duplicate bridge programs twice a week and would have more than 20 odd tables. I fondly remember how Zia Mahmood, Masud Salim, Jane Alam, Nishat Abedi, Nisar Ahmed, Munir Ataullah and Jane Alam Fazli used to play here along with other greats.
In the mid of 1977, we had to vacate the premises as it adjoined a mosque and we were accused of playing a game of stakes, i.e. gambling. We managed to acquire a space underneath one of the cricketing stands of National Stadium. The place was barely 40 feet in length and around 12 feet wide with the ceiling as high as 12 feet on one side and only 5 feet the other. In 1990, we moved to a newly constructed adjacent playing area of about over 4,000 sq.ft. which we could proudly call our own. In 1992, our playing area was taken over by para military Rangers amidst crack down on militants in the name of security and remained with them for more than 18 months. In 1993, the name of the club was changed to Karachi Bridge Association and was automatically affiliated with Pakistan Bridge Federation.
In 1995, a tragedy befell, Aslam Sheikh was assassinated during an armed robbery in his house on 2nd August. Suddenly there was vacuum on the leadership of this club as Aslam was a one man army who would look after everything. The playing area was named as Aslam Bridge Hall as a tribute to this great administrator and bridge organizer. By 1997, the administration lacked proper discipline and the attendance started dwindling from the average high of 24 plus tables. An ad-hoc committee took over the management and completely renovated the place. The look changed from the dingy looking warehouse to a fully air-conditioned, wall to wall carpeting, neat looking toilets, purified drinking water, canteen, smoking lounge and separate glass cabins for KBA and Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF) offices with facilities of phone, fax, computer and cable TV connections. Despite better playing conditions, the attendance however has been gradually declining for many reasons like internet, on-line games and other attractions which were not there a couple of decades ago.
KBA created its own web site in 1999 and from 2002, weekly pairs results were being regularly posted at Ecats Bridge website. Now we have been using Bridgemates wireless devices for live scoring since 2008 and all the results are regularly uploaded to Bridgewebs.