Sandipan beats another GM
Sewa, Kumar in quarters
Harry The Horse shines

 
 
SANDIPAN BEATS ANOTHER GM 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8 
On an eventful day, five GM’s were made to bite the dust by sub-continent hopefuls in the third round of the 11th Goodricke International Open Chess Tournament at the Alekhine Chess Club today.

Sandipan Chanda continued his brilliant run with a victory over GM Viorel Iordaschescu with the black pieces. Sandipan had drawn with GM Sorokin in the first round and had scored a facile win over Toni Najdoski in the second.

He now has 2.5 points to his credit. National Champion K Sasikiran prevailed over GM Ildar Ibraginov while G B Prakash accounted for GM Dao Thien Hai in the other upsets of the day.

Ziaur Rehaman of Bangladesh got the better of Pavel Blatny to win an endgame — that was poised for a draw — which arose from an English opening.

V. Saravanan converted his minuscule advantage from the black side of the King’s Indian defence into a win, to outwit Toni Najdoski of Macedonia.

Koneru Humpy scalped yet another IM when she beat former National Champion IM P. Konguvel to take her tally to 2.5 points. Humpy scored a victory over P Konguvel in a Queen’s pawn opening. She obtained a clearly superior position in the middle game by skilfully manoeuvring her minor pieces and forced Konguvel to resign when faced with the inevitable loss of a piece.

Sandipan opted for the Sicilian Scheveningen in reply to Viorel Iordachescu’s king pawn opening. Sandipan lost two pawns in the middle game but he turned the table when the opportunity arose and went into an endgame where he had a rook and a bishop for his opponent’s bishop and knight.

On the top board, Gregory Kaidanov prevailed over Josef Horvath in the Sicilian defence to share the lead with Sriram Jha and Suvrajit Saha of India with three points each.

Viktor Korchnoi encountered little difficulty with the Black pieces against Bogdan Lalic of England. Korchnoi, adopted his favourite French defence against Lalic and went into an endgame with two minor pieces for a Rook after which it was a matter of technique for the experienced GM.    


 
 
SEWA, KUMAR IN QUARTERS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8 
Local lads, unseeded Vinod Sewa and lucky loser Dhruv Kumar, entered the quarter finals of the ITF junior world ranking meet at DKS today.

While Sewa overcame Yu Hin Tung of Hong Kong 7-5, 6-0, Dhruv defeated wild card entrant Nipun Gupta 6-3, 6-4.

The top-seeded pair of Sewa and Harshit Sharma, however, lost 2-6, 4-6 to Arun Prakash and Benjamin Xavier.

The day saw three upsets in the singles event also. Fifth-seeded Amanjot Singh lost to Raian Luchici of Romania 2-6, 0-6. No. 8 Harshit Sharma went down 4-6, 3-6 to Kamala Kannan.

Girls No. 3 Anna Shoupak of Uzbekistan lost 3-6, 1-6 to Samrita Sekar. No.1 Radhika Tulpule and second-seeded Shuia Peng advanced. Radhika tamed Vishika Chhetri 6-2, 6-0 while Peng beat Sharmistha Chowdhury 6-1, 6-0.

Ragini Vimal lost to Nandita Chandrasekhar 0-6, 1-6 and Reedhina Parekh lost 2-6, 2-6 to Geeta Manohar 5-7, 1-6.    


 
 
HARRY THE HORSE SHINES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 8 
Harry The Horse and Joe The Pro impressive when the following track-work was noted today morning:

Outer sand track

1,600m: Audible (C. Alford) in 2-4s; (400m) 32s. Easy.

800m: Queen’s Theatre (M. Reuben) in 55 2/5s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Pushed. Ocean Sunset (Surender) in 1-0 2/5s; (400m) 30 3/5s. Constantine (Kujur) in 56 4/5s; (400m) 28 4/5s. Easy.

Sand track

1,400m: Harry The Horse (Connorton) and Imperial Choice (Shanker) in 1-30s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Former distance better.

1,200m: Zingari (Akhtar) and Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 1-21 1/5s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Both moved well.

1,000m: Joe The Pro (Connorton) in 1-1s; (400m) 23s. Impressed. Master Of The Rolls (Connorton) in 1-5s; (400m) 27s. Easy.

800m: Act Of Kindness (Connorton) and Ingleside (Akhtar) in 49 1/5s; (400m) 23s. Both moved well. Mameena (Connorton) and Aznavour (Shanker) 49s; (400m) 24s. Former distance better.

600m: American (Rutherford) in 40 3/5s; (400m) 26 3/5s.    

 

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