Shahid holds Bangladeshi No. 2
Sweden race to 5-0 sweep
US physical trainer
Bonzer gallops to easy victory
Two trophy events on Wednesday

 
 
SHAHID HOLDS BANGLADESHI NO. 2 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 23: 
Ten-year-old Sk. Shahid Ahmed of Modern School, Park Circus, continued his impressive run in the fourth round of Fide-rated The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan today. He held Bangladesh junior No.2 Syed Ejaz Hussain to a draw and is half-a-point behind the leaders on 3.5 points.

Paramita Ghosh of Salkia B. R. Girls’ HS also caused an upset when she beat 14th seed Fide-rated Samput Mallick of Holy Home, Serampore and is also on 3.5 points. Paromita had drawn against 10th seed, Somak Palit of Mitra Institution yesterday.

Yanur Rahaman of Bangladesh beat Fide-rated, Punit Jaiswal of Keshav Academy, Howrah in a Ruy Lopez Opening.

In another upset, Sayan Sarkar of Vivekananda Institution, Howrah, beat Ayan Lahiri of Labanhrad Vidyapith in 23 moves in a Sicilian defence. Ayan resigned when he lost two pawns for no compensation for the same.

Yashpal Singh Sonwani of BSP Eng. Medium School, Bhilai checkmated Mufidul Islam of Modern School in a Slav defence.

Eight players jointly share the lead with four points at the end of the fourth round of the championship, organised by Alekhine Chess Club and co-sponsored by Horlicks. Top seed, Saptarshi Roy of Dum Dum Kishore Bharati had little difficulty in disposing of Nazir Saleheen of Bangladesh. Second seed and national U-12 boys’ champion Deep Sengupta cramped Rajib Dhar of Assam in a Sicilian defence and went on to win in 53 moves. Fifth seed, Sayantan Dutta of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William made short work of Gaurabjyoti Baidya of NKPA Sikshayatan in 23 moves in Larsen Opening.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Nazir Saleheen 3 lost to Saptarshi Roy 4; Deep Sengupta 4 bt Rajib Dhar 3; Gourabjyoti Baidya 3 lost to Sayantan Dutta 4; Yashpal Singh Sonwani 4 bt Mufidul Islam 3; Punit Jaiswal 3 lost to Yanur Rahaman 4; Sk. Shahid Ahmed 3.5 drew Ejaz Hussain 3.5; Ayan Lahiri 3 lost to Sayan Sarkar 4; Nayeem Arefin 3 lost to Nilabh Upadhyay 4; C R G Krishna 3 lost to Rahul Sangma 4; Sourav Chakraborty 2.5 lost to Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan 3.5; Somak Palit 3.5 bt Debaditta Sinha Biswas 2.5; Arpan Sarkar 2.5 lost to Yambem Dhanbir Singh 3.5; Samput Mallick 2.5 lost to Paramita Ghosh 3.5; Lairenjam Mahesh Singh 2.5 lost to Arpan Chakraborty 3.5; Suman Basu 3.5 bt Akash Kusum 2.5; Sayantan De 2.5 lost to Arin Kr Biswas 3.5; Supriya Majhi 2.5 lost to Rohan Kr Shandilya 3; Pratik Sengupta 3 bt Kaushik Ranjan Bose 2; Gurumayam Inao Sharma 2.5 drew with Tathagata Banerjee 2.5; Abhratanu Dutta 2 lost to Syed Rownak Ehsan 3; Pranjal 2.5 drew with Banashree Banik 2.5; Prabuddha Ghosh 2 lost to Joydeep Dutta 3; Arindam Das 3 bt Ayan Mukherjee 2; Prasun Mandal 2 lost to Mary Ann Gomes 3; Tanmoy Pattanayak 3 bt Moumita Mukherjee 2.    

 
 
SWEDEN RACE TO 5-0 SWEEP 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 23 
Hosts Sweden routed India 5-0 in the Davis Cup World Group qualifiers at Bastad today, according to information received here. Having taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead yesterday, they completed the formalities today, winning both reverse singles. Andreas Vinciguerra dismissed Prahlad Srinath 6-2, 6-1, while Mikael Tillstrom thrashed Harsh Mankad 6-3, 6-1.

Spain thrash US 5-0

In Santander, hosts Spain completed a 5-0 rout of the US today in their semi-final tie, adds Reuter. Juan Carlos Ferrero shut out Vincent Spadea 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and Juan Balcells beat Jan-Michael Gambill 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Belgium booked a place in next year’s World Group when Christoph Rochus beat Davide Sanguinetti 6-2, 7-5, 6-7(6-8), 1-6, 7-5 at Venice today to give his country a 3-1 lead over Italy.

In Rennes, hosts France wiped out Austria 5-0 in their play-off tie. Jerome Golmard defeated Stefan Koubek 6-4, 6-4 and Sebastien Grosjean beat Juergen Melzer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. In St Gallen, hosts Switzerland too completed a 5-0 sweep against Belarus today. Michel Kratochvil blanked Alexander Shvets 6-0, 6-0 while Lorenzo Manta beat Vassili Kachera 7-6 (7-0), 6-1.    


 
 
US PHYSICAL TRAINER 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 23: 
The trainees at Arun Lal’s Bournvita Cricket Academy can now avail of international level physical training.

Craig Msceinck, an National Basketball Association (NBA) trainer in the US, who is associated with Athletes in Action, is in the city to take Lal’s boys through the paces and instruct them on how to reach the optimum physical fitness required for a cricketer.

Msceinck was supposed to have a session with the boys this morning, but a steady drizzle forced the show indoors where he spoke about the training programme. He leaves Tuesday.

Arun Lal said that Msceinck has given him a CD where the details of the training program is recorded. The US trainer is here as part of Athletes in Action’s worldwide efforts of reaching quality physical training to sportspersons.

Cossimbazar TT

Susmita Roy and Nandita Saha reached the girls’ singles final of the Cossimbazar table tennis tournament at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today. In boys’ singles the title fight will be between Birupaksha Saha and Niloy Basak. The finals will be played Tuesday.

RESULTS

(All semi-finals)

Girls’ singles: Susmita Roy bt Munmun Basak 21-12, 21-12, 21-16; Nandita Saha bt Mousumi Pal 21-9, 22-20, 21-14.

Boys’ singles: Birupaksha Saha bt Chiranjiv Choudhury 24-22, 21-15, 15-21, 21-12; Nilay Basak bt Subhadeep Das 21-18, 21-13, 21-15. Cadet boys’: Soumajit Sirkar bt Abhisekh Mukherjee 16-21, 21-18, 21-16; Soumya Nandi bt Anirban Roy Chowdhury 21-19, 21-12.

Cadet girls’: Sukanya Bose bt Ahana Pal 21-18, 13-21, 21-17; Nabanita Bose bt Pallabi Kundu 21-13, 24-22.    


 
 
BONZER GALLOPS TO EASY VICTORY 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
 
Bonzer, a four-year-old horse by Green Forest out of Bonhomie had an easy measure of his seven rivals in the long-est and the last classic of the season, 1999-2000, the St. Leger, in Bangalore on Sunday. Pesi Shroff partnered the Jaggy Dhariwal-trained horse to victory.

Note: There was no live digital telecast at the Calcutta racecourse on the day owing to a technical problem in Bangalore, according to RCTC sources.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Divine Light Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (2-10-1) Celestial Gold (Prakash) 1; Rusticana 2; Appleby 3. Won by: 10; 1-1/4; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 14; 13; 17; Quinella: 254; Tanala: 1,140. Fav: Celestial Gold (2).

2. Happy Valley Plate 2,000m: (4-1-10) Touchin Heights (Rajesh S.) 1; Daiimio 2; Comrade Rule 3. Won by: 3/4; 3; (2-12.3). Tote: Win Rs 110; Place: 29; 35; 15; Quinella: 593; Tan-ala: 4,763. Fav: Comrade Rule (10).

3. Divine Light Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (5-4-1) Silvano (Mrs Storai) 1; Golden Tiger 2; Comedy Of Errors 3. Won by: 1/2; 1; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 210; Place: 35; 22; 45; Quinella: 479; Tan-ala: 15,318. Fav: Current Bay (10).

4. D. M. Shivaswamy Memorial Cup, Div-I 1,200m: (1-3-8) Financer (Mani) 1; Star Festival 2; Aznu 3. Won by: 5; 3/4; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 201; Place: 38; 29; 24; Quinella: 720; Tanala: 26,473. Fav: Star Venture (2).

5. Bangalore St. Leger 2,800m: (2-1-3-4) Bonzer (Shroff) 1; Alameda (C. Alford) 2; Alchemy (Kader) 3; Sterling Fantasy (M. Narredu) 4. Won by: 7; Nk; 4; (3-0.3). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 14; 25; 12; Quinella: 170; Tanala: 929. Fav: Alchemy (3).

6. Arkavathi Silver Vase 1,200m: (7-8-9) Lunar Ray (M. Narredu) 1; Scandal Sheet 2; High Zoom 3. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; (1-16.4). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 23; 38; 29; Quinella: 485; Tanala: 2,397. Fav: Jersey Lightning (2).

7. Astronomic Plate 1,400m: (4-12-10) King’s Common (Rakesh) 1; Polish Power 2; Silk Petals 3. Won by: 3; 2; (1-28.9). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 23; 41; 16; Quinella: 620; Tanala: 3,232. Fav: Silk Petals (10).

8. D. M. Shivaswamy Memorial Cup, Div-II 1,200m: (1-3-4) Silver Hope (M. Narredu) 1; Princelene 2; Cavala 3. Won by: Nk; 1; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 59; Place: 21; 21; 15; Quinella: 146; Tanala: 800. Fav: Akasaka (2). Jackpot: Rs 1,88,870; (C) Rs 6,786. Treble: (i) Rs 32,837; (ii) Rs 1,095.    


 
 
TWO TROPHY EVENTS ON WEDNESDAY 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 23 
Fields are small in Wednesday’s six-event card which has two trophy events to offer, including the 1,800m La Gitana Cup. First race starts at 1.45 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Happy Scot Handicap 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 1.45 pm: Sky Command 60; Atacama 59.5; Auctioneer 55.5; Kargil Soldier 53; Tejeni 48; Persuasion 47.5.

2. Law Win Handicap 1,000m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 2.25 pm: Silver Raising 60; Friendly Knight 56.5; On The Bit 54.5; Piece Of Cake 54; Flying Power 54; Global Harmony 53.5; Aracruz 51; Magic Ring 50.

3. Goolagong Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 2.55 pm: Arizona Star 60; Tribal Warlord 57; Quizzical 56.5; Ballet Master 55; Atacada 53.5; Armila 51.5; Aeolian 48.

4. La Gitana Cup 1,800m (Cl II & Cl III, Rt. 44-94) 3.25 pm: Sharp Sensation 60; Remember The Day 57; Citadel 56.5; High Life 56.5; Aldebro 55; Sterling Prospect 53.5.

5. Prince Blossom Cup 1,400m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.55 pm: Kaizen 51.5; Starry Flag 51.5; Arendal 49.5; Falconhead 49.5; Quickdraw McGraw 49.5; Treasurer 49.5; No Surrender 48.

6. Welfare Lady Handicap 1,000m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 4.30 pm: Double Dancer 60; Dizzy Diver 59.5; Alesund 59.5; Hot 57; Bird’s Empire 55; Exclusive Girl 54; Three Good 53.5; Private Lives 52. Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6. Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.    

 

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