Poor turnout at Patiala camp
Three share lead

 
 
POOR TURNOUT AT PATIALA CAMP 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, June 26 
The Indian football squad is supposed to leave for England on July 18 on a goodwill tour where they are scheduled to play friendly matches against first-division clubs Fulham and West Bromwich Albion. But as far as preparations are concerned, the Indians once again find themselves on the backfoot.

Of the 30 probables named to attend the conditioning camp in Patiala ó of which 22 would make the trip ó just 15 have turned up so far. The camp started on June 21 under the supervision of technical director P.K. Banerjee, coach Sukhwinder Singh and assistant coach Krishnaji Rao. The final squad is expected to be named early July and the tentative date of departure is July 18.

According to information received here, four of the ten Bengal probables reached Patiala today. They are Mohun Baganís Basudeb Mondal, Hussain Mustafi and Sandip Nandy and Tollygunge Agragamiís Prasanta Dora.

Most of the players to have joined the camp are from Punjab and Goa along with the Keralaís I.M. Vijayan and Jo Paul Ancheri.

Six East Bengal players, it may be recalled, were named in the list but the club refused to release so many, arguing it would afffect their performance in the McDowell Cup and in the Calcutta League. Five other East Bengal players are attending the national under-19 camp in Bangalore. Till this evening, East Bengal stood firm on their stand of not releasing all six and club officials said they are prepared to dispense with two.    


 
 
THREE SHARE LEAD 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Jamshedpur, June 26 
Top seed Rohan Vijay Shandilya (6) of SR Singh High School, Munger managed to avert defeat to third seed Abhishek Das (5) of the Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur in the sixth round of The Telegraph Schools Chess Championship today at the J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex.

Shandilya now shares the lead with Pratik Sengupta and Pranjal.

Abhishek had an overwhelming position but in the sudden death he could not find a winning plan in a two Rook, three Pawn structure against the lone Queen of Shandilya. He lost in 17 moves.

THE LEADERS

6 points: Rohan Vijay Shandilya, Pratik Sengupta and Pranjal. 5 points: Abhishek Das, Anirban Pati, Akash Kusum, Sudipto Dasgupta, Ved Prakash, Nitish Khejriwal, Kaushik, Abhishek Biswas, Swagatam, Souvik, Suman, Biswaranjan, Bidhan Roy and Aasis.    

 

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