Former bridge champion Robi Roy dead

Kolkata: Two-time Far East Bridge Championship winner Robi Roy passed away after a protracted illness at his residence on Monday.

Known as the "doyen" of bridge in the country, Roy, 80, is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Condoling Roy`s death, joint secretary of Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East Bridge Federation of India, Debashis Roy said: "Roy`s death is a great loss to the bridge fraternity of the country."

"His death has created a big void among the bridge players as well as bridge in India which would be difficult to fill. I convey my sincere condolence to the bereaved family."

Roy began his career way back in 1952 and continued till 1993.

Besides representing the country in Bridge Olympiad several times, Roy won the pairs event in the Far East Bridge Championship at Tokyo partnering Sudhir Ganguly in 1977 and repeated the feat next year at the same tournament in Delhi partnering M S Tibriwal.

He was also a member of the team that won the Ruia Gold Cup six times, Holkar and Singhania trophy, both four times each.


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