Kidderpore sail past Behala Youth
Gutsy Indians force a draw
Saptarshi in lead after top-board triumph
George Telegraph hold Md. Sp.
Double Impact for main event
Viking claims Hadow Trophy

 
 
KIDDERPORE SAIL PAST BEHALA YOUTH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 27 
Kidderpore defeated Behala Youth by a brace at SAI, Eastern Centre, today in their CFL first division group A match. In group B, Customs rode a Sanjay Kundu strike to get past Ever Ready Association. Kalighat Friends defeated Victoria via a Sanjib Adhikary goal. The match between Bowbazar YM Union and Bally Protiva ended in a 1-1 draw, while Aikya Sammilani and Taltala Institute played out a goalless tie.

Omollo signs for Bagan

Samuel Omollo, who reached the city yesterday, signed for Mohun Bagan at the IFA office today. According to club sources, the Kenyan defender will play in Saturday’s Super Division Derby clash against East Bengal.

CC&FC AGM

M.J.Z. Mowla has been elected president of the CC&FC for the year 2000-2001. Arobindo Bose will be the vice-president, while Ravi Kidwai will be secretary. P. Banerjee has been retained as treasurer. The appointments were made at the club’s AGM Wednesday evening.    

 
 
GUTSY INDIANS FORCE A DRAW 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 27 
India put up a spirited show and held English first division side West Bromwich Albion goalless in an exhibition match in Birmingham yesterday.

The Indians had lost 0-2 to Fulham in the earlier outing on July 22. They wrap up the tour with a match against the Bangladesh national team on Saturday.

According to reports received here, the Indians displayed greater attacking prowess and had the better scoring chances. Skipper Bhaichung Bhutia’s flying header and a shot on the turn, midway through the second half, missed the mark narrowly.

Defender Mahesh Gawli and Bhutia were India’s most outstanding players. Gawli foiled a number of raids and was ably supported by Hardeep Saini and Jo Paul Ancheri. Bhutia troubled the rival defence with some darting runs.

The Indians defended with resilience and there was greater mobility in the midfield. Goalkeeper Virender Singh, however, looked uncomfortable with some high balls. Their passing, also, was not very accurate.

India’s best chance came after a probing run by Bhutia who found I.M. Vijayan just outside the box but the Kerala striker’s shot was deflected off a defender.

Bhutia was at his flamboyant best when he dived forward to meet a Vijayan cross but his spectacular effort went wide.    


 
 
SAPTARSHI IN LEAD AFTER TOP-BOARD TRIUMPH 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 27 
Top seed Saptarshi Roy of Dum Dum Kishore Bharati took his tally of points to 7.5 today to emerge sole leader at the end of the eighth round of Fide-rated The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan. Close on his heels, on seven points each, are Somak Palit and Rahul Sangma.

The defending champion, playing his usual brand of sharp attacking chess, demolished the defences of Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan of Bangladesh on the top board.

Bhuiyan opted for the Paulsen variation of the Sicilian Defence but was soon weighed down by the collective pressure of Saptarshi’s pieces. Bhuiyan resigned on the 36th move when faced with the inevitable loss of a piece.

Nilabh Upadhyay of Sun Rise School, Howrah neglected his development and paid the price when Somak Palit of Mitra Institution, Bhowanipur sacrificed a piece to bring Nilabh’s king out in the open. Nilabh resigned on the 25th move after realising he was in a hopeless situation.

National sub-junior No.2 Yashpal Singh Sonwani of Bhilai lost on time against former national under-10 champion Rahul Sangma of Bihar. Rahul, playing black, won the exchange in a Queen’s Gambit and then exchanged queens to transpose into a won ending.Yashpal’s flag fell in a clearly inferior position and he lost on time.

Sayantan Dutta of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William, adopted the French Winawer against Yamben Dhanbir Singh of Manipur and castled on the queenside, which could have been dangerous as Yambem’s pieces were concentrated there. Yambem won the exchange but thereafter played listlessly and allowed Sayantan to break through on the opposite wing. It proved fatal for him.

Rohan Vijay Shandilya of S. R. Singh HS beat Sashank Singh of Nichols HS in 35 moves in the Tarrasch variation of the French Defence.

National under-12 champion Deep Sengupta of S-E Railway English Medium HS, Chakradharpur outclassed Sourav Bose of Julien Day in a Philidor opening. Deep won a pawn in the early middlegame by a neat tactical trick and then won two pieces for a rook which netted him the full point.

Pratik Sengupta, also of the Chakradharpur school, defeated Abhinav Ghosh of Laban Hrad Vidyapith in 45 moves in a Vienna opening.

Mufidul Islam Khan of Modern School blundered a piece against Syed Ejaz Husain of Bangladesh and lost in just 28 moves in a Siclian Defence.

Former Asian girls’ under-10 champion Mary Ann Gomes of Loretto Day School beat Sayan Sarkar of The Vivekananda Institution, Howrah in 53 moves in a Ruy Lopez opening.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Saptarshi Roy (7.5) bt Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan (6.5); Yashpal Singh Sonwani (6) lost to Raul Sangma (7); Somak Palit (7) bt Nilabh Upadhyay (6); Y. Dhanbir Singh (5.5) lost to Sayantan Dutta (6.5); Sashank Singh (5.5) lost to Rohan Vijay Shandilya (6.5); Ayan Lahiri (6) drew Joydeep Dutta (6); Deep Sengupta (6) bt Sourav Bose (5); Pratik Sengupta (6) bt Abhinaba Ghosh (5); Puneet Jaiswal (6) bt Debayan Majumdar (5); Mufidul Islam Khan (5) lost to Syed Ejaz Husain (6); Moirangthem Shanta (5) lost to Samput Mallick (6); G. Inao Sharma (6) bt Soumya Thakurtha (5); Souvik Chakraborty (5.5) drew Swagatam Sengupta (5.5); Suman Basu (6) bt Arpan Chakraborty (5); Paramita Ghosh (5.5) drew Syed Rownak Ehsan (5.5); Debadittya Sinha Biswas (5) lost to Rajib Dhar (6); Sayan Sarkar (5) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (6); Gourabjyoti Baidya (5) lost to Arpan Sarkar (6); Tanmoy Pattanayak (5.5) drew Abhishek Das (5.5); Nayeem Arefin (5.5) drew Nazeer Saleheen (5); L. Mahesh Singh (5.5) bt Anirudha Menon (4.5); Pranjal (4.5) lost to Sourabh Das (5.5); Prabuddha Ghosh (4.5) lost to Druba Manna (5.5).    


 
 
GEORGE TELEGRAPH HOLD MD. SP. 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 27 
George Telegraph held Mohammedan Sporting to a draw in the Super Division clash at the Salt Lake Stadium this afternoon, but if the teams failed to score it surely wasn’t due to a lack of opportunities.

Playing entertaining and attacking football for almost the entire 90 minutes, both looked woefully short of ideas and skills at the goalmouth. While George kept to their new accent on positive football and did get the opportunities to score, Mohammedan Sporting could have come away with an emphatic win had even half the number of sitters they created been converted into goals.

They had two in the opening minutes but Bastab Roy, and then Nazimul Haque, faltered with the George goalkeeper at their mercy.

Sixteen minutes, and it was time for Lal Bhulaiya to announce that George Telegraph wouldn’t take things lying down. The striker let go a 30-yard low drive but it streaked straight to goalkeeper Gopal Das.

A minute later it was George stopper Sujit Neogi’s turn to be in the right place at the right time, as he nodded away from the goalline a Kasif Jamal tap that had wrong-footed the goalkeeper.

Kasif should have scored 10 minutes later when Abdul Khalique found him in space on the left with a nice chip. With only goalkeeper Shahabuddin to beat, Kasif pushed the ball into him.

The scare spurred George onto a higher gear and there were some lovely moves, all of them finishing dangerously close to the Mohammedan Sporting goal and on one occasion, Bhulaiya firing a left-footer inches above the crosspiece. The George midfield was working well.

Bastab Roy did a lot of running for the men in black-and-white, but he could have done better when Kasif set him free on the right with a measured through six minutes after the breather. All Bastab managed was a square-pass at the goalmouth that had no takers. Bhulaiya reciprocrated six minutes later, after an Aslam Pervez error had him running into a one-to-one situation with the Mohammedan Sporting goalie. He messed it up.

The match ended with Mohammedan Sporting firing in quick succession at their opponents’ goal.. Khalique saw his side-volley tipped over by the George goalkeeper and then Bastab spoilt a chance by not going for a shot himself and, instead, tapping it back for substitute Amjad Ansari to fire into a maze of defenders.    


 
 
DOUBLE IMPACT FOR MAIN EVENT 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
 
An easy winner of two races over the Derby trip last winter before his poor performance in the Indian 1,600m St. Leger, Double Impact is taken to win the Our Select Trophy in Pune on Friday. C. Rajendra partners the Hoshiar Daji-trainee.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Star Forever 1. Flamebird 2. Searching Star 3.

2.15 pm: Double Impact 1. Thundering Bay 2.

2.45 pm: Insatiable 1. Seville Star 2. Asprilla 3.

3.15 pm: Royal Standard 1. Ric-Rac 2. Begonia 3.

3.45 pm: Dalsinghar 1. Perfect Placement 2. Crown Dream 3.

4.15 pm: Razalin 1. Zeta Zones 2. Common Spirit 3.

4.45 pm: Silver Rock 1. Sulochana 2. Sacred Alliance 3.

Day’s Best: Dalsinghar Double: Razalin & Insatiable.    


 
 
VIKING CLAIMS HADOW TROPHY 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
 
Coming with a late run, the Vinayak-trained four-year-old gelding, Viking posted an upset victory in the 1,200m P. Hadow Trophy, the main event at the Pune races held on Thursday. Malesh Narredu partnered the Carson City-All At Once son to victory.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Grand Gesture Plate 1,200m: (3-2-8) Zephyr Bay (T. Jodha) 1; Fire Girl 2; Soul Mate 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 5; (1-11.7). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 17; 18; 26; Quinella: 91; Tanala: 2,091. Fav: Fire Girl (2).

2. Young Stallion Plate 1,100m: (3-1-9) San Vitale (M. Narredu) 1; Different Crown 2; Rising Fire 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 2-1/2; (1-7.8). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 13; 11; 21; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 463. Fav: Different Crown (1).

3. Desert Rose Plate 1,400m: (9-6-7) Victory March (Rajendra) 1; St-one Ridge 2; Helianthus 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 2-1/2; (1-26.6). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 10; 14; 14; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 95. Fav: Stone Ridge (6).

4. Sunny Boy Plate 1,200m: (2-8-1) Arabian Commander (Rajendra) 1; Northern Temptress 2; Days Of Thunder 3. Not run: Land Lady (6). Won by: 5; Nk; (1-13.5). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 12; 11; 47; Quinella: 23; Tanala: 390. Fav: Northern Temptress (8).

5. P. Hadow Trophy 1,200m: (11-3-10) Viking (M. Narredu) 1; My Solitaire 2; Sacred Mission 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 2-3/4; (1-11.5). Tote: Win Rs 83; Place: 25; 33; 50; Quinella: 402; Tanala: 23,294. Fav: Gold Dust (6).

6. Denier Plate 1,000m: (10-8-2) Polish Nobility (Bhati) 1; High Voltage 2; Henki 3. Won by: 1/2; 3-3/4; (1-1.4). Tote: Win Rs 101; Place: 29; 24; 13; Quinella: 190; Tanala: 933. Fav: Henki (2).

7. Monica Plate 1,000m: (9-11-6) History (T. Jodha) 1; Speculative 2; Laktara 3. Won by: 1/2; 3-3/4; (1-0.5). Tote: Win Rs 200; Place: 54; 34; 17; Quinella: 862; Tanala: 5,636. Fav: Laktara (6).

Jackpot: Rs 89,509 (Carried over); (C) Rs 1,439.

Treble: (i) Rs 387; (ii) Rs 38,030 (Carried over).    

 

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