East Bengal struggle past FCI
Make Anand your role model, Bedi tells kids
Kalighat Club win 1-0
Tolly go down 0-1 to E. Rly
Alyssum may score again
Track trials

Calcutta, Aug. 1: 
East Bengal struggled to an unimpressive 1-0 victory against FCI in a Super Division match today. It took their tally to 13 from five matches but there was little to cheer for the home-team supporters.

Their forwards looked out of sorts and there was hardly any positive supply from the midfielders who were allowed a fair amount of space in the second half. To make matters worse, things got muddled up once they reached the edge of the rival box and the shooting was wayward on occasions they managed to break through.

The fact that the goal came in the 69th minute and that too from right back Sur Kumar Singh, was a fair indication of how ineffective East Bengal’s attacking options were. Unlike most smaller powers, FCI played positively in the opening half and should have scored at least once. Surprisingly, they came out in a defensive frame of mind after resumption which took away the element of uncertainty from their game.

The goal resulted from some clumsy blocking as a clutch of defenders watched Sur Kumar send in a mis-timed left-footer. Bijen Singh, having returned from England via Delhi this morning, started the move and ran inside the box along with a couple of defenders. His attempt was foiled by the goalkeeper but Bijen pushed the rebound to an unmarked Surkumar who made good use of some free space inside the danger zone.

East Bengal should have scored in the 28th minute when Bijen’s header off a Dipak Mondal free-kick was partially saved by the ’keeper but Jackson Egygpong blasted the loose ball way over the post despite having a good look at the open goal.

Another chance went abegging in the 63rd minute when Bijen found Dipendu Biswas unmarked inside the box but the former hit into a defender and Bijen made a complete mess of the rebound hooked in from outside the box by Jackson.

The East Bengal mid-fielders hardly played a good pass or orchestrated any well-planned move and barring the exception of Tushar Rakshit, nobody looked capable of making things happen. FCI, to their credit, chose to thwart East Bengal in the middle-third in the opening half and almost succeeded in their ploy of exploiting the gaps left open by the advancing defenders.

Supratik Aind made good use of the right flank which was often left vacant by the overlapping Ratan Singh. He failed to cross on two occasions and Saikat Mondal’s right-footed volley sailed over the goal once he did manage to send in one in the 42nd minute. Aind came close once more in the dying minutes and Jackson had to make full use of his long strides and body weight to dispossess the striker inside the box.

Dipendu, after quite some time, had a bad day and with Bijen kept quiet by the FCI defenders, Syed Nayeemuddin had to introduce a third forward in Sheikh Sanjib who was impressive down the right in the previous match against Mohun Bagan. Today, however, Sanjib looked ordinary on the left flank and was rarely allowed any freedom.

East Bengal made things predictable by playing too many aerial balls and rarely tried to use the left flank. With most moves originating from the centre of the pitch, FCI got a clear idea of what to expect and organised their resources accordingly. The match would have been far more interesting had they been a little more adventurous.


EAST BENGAL: Nasim Akhtar, Sur Kumar Singh, Jackson Egygpong, Dipak Mondal, Ratan Singh; Anit Ghosh (Tushar Rakshit, 35), Chandan Das (Raghui Singh, 64), Dipankar Roy (Sheikh Sanjib, 54), Carlton Chapman; Dipendu Biswas, Bijen Singh

FCI: Utpal Haldar; Babul Kar, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (Saikat Pal, 87), Rabishankar Guha, Sanjit Dutta Bhowmick, Mehtab Hussain, Brajadulal Jana, Sujoy Dutta (Dipankar Bhattacharya, 66), Saikat Mondal, Amar Pyne (Shambhu Bar, 75), Supratik Aind

Referee: Supriya Bhattacharya    

Calcutta, Aug. 1: 
The cricket world knows Bishan Singh Bedi to be a magician who mesmerised the very best of batsmen with his looping flight and wicked spin. We also know him to be a straight talker who hardly minces words. But did anyone know that the former left-arm spinner played chess to sharpen his cricketing skills?

Sharing his ‘secret’ with the packed audience at the 13th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship (co-sponsored by Horlicks) prize distribution function this evening, the former India captain said he had derived all his cricket sense from chess. “I used to play chess when I was young... it helped sharpen my cricket.”

Bedi, the chief guest at this evening’s function at G.D. Birla Sabhagar Hall, kept the audience in thrall with a lively speech. He spoke in English, mixing it up with chaste Hindi, as he had words of advice for the budding Viswanathan Anands. He even had a dig at our fallen cricket heroes.

“I am happy to be associated with this function as it features future champions and not current demigods who are going through a rough phase, some of which may be of their own doing,” he observed.

Clearly relishing the interaction with young chess stars who participated in the 11-day Fide-rated championship, Bedi said: “I am myself involved with training youngsters, so it gives me great satisfaction to be among you all this evening. Remember, all of you are pedigreed and very lucky to be playing this game. You must identify the chances that come your way and grab them with both hands.”

Describing Anand as a role model, Bedi said: “He is a great chess player and a great human being. You should follow him in your endeavour to become a champion.”

Taking a break from his speech, Bedi asked champion Saptarshi Roy what it takes to be a champion besides a sound body and a sound mind. “Hard work and self-confidence,” replied Dum Dum Kishore Bharati High School student Saptarshi who had emerged best in last year’s edition too.

“Terrific, my boy... I have learned something also,” said Bedi, who gave away the champion’s trophy to Saptarshi and even offered him a helping hand as he struggled to hold his prizes.

Denied the ‘privilege’ of handing over special prizes to the real young ones, Bedi had the two youngest participants (three-and-a-half-year-old Rourib Das and five-year-old Meghna Roy) called to the dais, lifted them and presented them with bouquets.

Apart from the glittering trophies (for the top three individuals, best school and best game), there were prizes galore from the other sponsors: Nicco Park & Resorts Ltd, GM Pens, Lee and Wonderland (Park Street).

During the tournament itself, soft drinks were supplied by Coca-Cola.

Besides Mr Aveek Sarkar, chief editor, ABP Group of Publications, those present at this evening’s function included D.F. Lushchenko, acting consul general of Russia, Alekhine Chess Club president Asoke Ghosh and All Assam Chess Association president Dr Rajen Gogoi.

The musical touch to the evening was provided by the one and only Usha Uthup.

Best game

As announced earlier, a special prize for the ‘best game of the meet’ was handed out. According to a five-member judges’ panel, Bihar boy Rohan Vijay Shandilya got the prize for his “very balanced” game against Sheik Shahid Ahmed in the final round.

All the prize winners/ The Top 20

1. Saptarshi Roy (Dum Dum Kishore Bharati HS); 2. Sayantan Dutta (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William); 3. Ayan Lahiri (Labanhrad Vidyapith); 4.Somak Palit (Mitra Institution); 5. Ejaz Hussain (Maple Leaf International, Dhaka); 6. Puneet Jaiswal (Keshav Academy); 7. Rahul Sangma (Gyandip Avasiya Vidyalaya, Bihar); 8. Yashpal Singh Sonwani (BSP English Medium Senior Secondary School, Bhilai); 9. Mary Ann Gomes (Loreto Day, Sealdah); 10. Rohan Vijay Shandilya (S.R. Singh HS, Bihar); 11. Nazir Saleheen (Rajarbagh Police Line UM School, Dhaka); 12. Abhishek Das (Bharat Sevashram Sangh, Jamshedpur); 13. Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan (City Collegiate School, Dhaka); 14. Nilabh Upadhyay (Sunrise); 15. Deep Sengupta (SE Rly Mixed English HS, Bihar); 16. Yambem Dhanbir Singh (D. Regina English Medium School, Manipur); 17. Pratik Sengupta (SE Rly Mixed English HS); 18. Suman Basu (Madhyamgram HS); 19. Dhruba Manna (New Andul HS);20. Sashank Singh (Nichol’s HS, Assam).


U-14 boys: 1.Samput Mallick (Holy Home, Serampore); 2./b> Mufidul Islam Khan (Modern). U-14 girls: 1. Supriya Maji (Bargachia PLSB Vidyapith); 2. Priyanka Das (HM High School). U-12 boys: 1. Sankar Majumdar (APC Vidyayatan); 2. Joydeep Dutta (Kumar Asutosh Institution)U-12 girls: 1. Paramita Ghosh (Salkia KBR Girls’ HS); 2. Banashree Banik (Surah Kanya Vidyalaya).U-10 boys: 1. Soumya Thakurta (St James’); 2. C.R.G. Krishna (St John’s, AP).U-10 girls: 1. Sriya Bhattacharjee (Barisha Path Tirtha);2.Payel Guha (Holy Child).

U-8 boys: 1. Souvik Barick (Hare School); 2. Sandipan Chatterjee (Sree Jain Vidyalaya).U-8 girls: 1.Pallabi Roy (Indira Gandhi Memorial HS); 2. Sonakshi Sadhukhan (MB Girls’ HS). Youngest boy: Rourib Das (Nava Nalanda). Youngest girl: Meghna Roy (La Martiniere for Girls). Best school: South Eastern Railway Mixed English Medium.

Visually handicapped participants: Sudip Rajbanshi, Pradip Jha, Lakshmi Narayan Adhikari (Luis Braille Memorial School for Sightless).    

Calcutta, Aug. 1: 
Sushanta Karmakar’s strike helped Kalighat Club edge Rajasthan 1-0 in a first division group A match of the Calcutta Football League at Mohammedan Sporting ground today.

Barun Kumar Dam scored Police AC’s lone goal in a group B match versus Milan Samity at Mohun Bagan ground.

In the fourth division championship play-off final, YMCA (Chowringhee) beat Robert Hudson AC 2-1. P. Chakraborty and P. Bhowmick struck for the winners and Suraj Haldar scored for Robert Hudson AC. Both teams were promoted to the third division.

The state wushu association today named a 17-member squad for the national meet to be held in Delhi from tomorrow to Saturday.

THE SQUAD: MEN: Santosh Kumar, Pradip Kumar, Prahlad Sharma, Anil Prasad, Bijay Mallik, Rajib Sadhukhan, Biswajit Biswas, Dhananjay Sharma, Vaskar Darji, Chandra Sekhar Pal, Santosh Rajbhar, Ram Prasad Jaiswara,

WOMEN: Kakali Roy, Biva Mondal, Tripti Trivedi, Sarbani Samaddar, Anjali Kumari.

Coach: Shambhu Seth and Sujata Kumari.

Managers: P.K. Gupta and S. Seth.    

Calcutta, Aug. 1: 
Tollygunge Agragami tumbled to their second defeat in the Super Division League today, going down 0-1 to Eastern Railway at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.

The National League campaigners, who lost 0-2 to BNR Friday, have ten points from six matches. Eastern Railway have nine from six.

In an exceptionally drab and dull match, Eastern Railway right-back Shib Shankar Chowdhury got the all-important goal in the 43rd minute and it was a spectacular effort.

Latching on to a loose ball following a throw-in, Chowdhury dribbled past Shashthi Duley and saw the ’keeper positioned off the goalline. His right-footer from about 20 yards out dipped at the last moment to elude the ’keeper.

Tollygunge never managed to create a chance and their rivals were happy to defend. Exchanges were fairly even in the first half but the railway men concentrated on defending their lead in the second and their job was made easier by the complete lack of sting in the Tollygunge attack. The man who could have made some difference, Soumitra Chakraborty, was once again on the reserve bench and coach Shankar Moitra explained the medio is not fully fit. Chakraborty, however, insisted he was all right.


EASTERN RAILWAY: Kaushik Pal; Shib Shankar Chowdhury, Sukumar Ghosh, Sanjay Sen, Sourish Mukherjee; Pradyut Roy, Shobhan Chakraborty, Mohammed Farid Ali Molla, Sanjay Das (Santanu Dey, 62); Monojit Sarkar (Abhijit Mondal, 83), Prasanta Ghosh (Nanda Pradhan, 73).

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Amit Sinha Roy; Reazul Mustafa, Madhusudan Majumdar, Satyabrata Bhowmick, Biswajit Chatterjee (Ranjan Chowdhury, 46); Napolean Singh (Jagrata Sarkar, 62), Sandip Das, Partha Sarathi Dey, Shashthi Duley; Bhabani Mohanty, Seriki Abdullateef.

Referee: Udayan Haldar.    

Calcutta, Aug. 1: 
The names of horses starting with the English alphabet ‘A’ are expected to be prominent, once again, in tomorrow’s race-card. Needless to say that the Deepak Khaitan-colours may rule the day. The best bet, however, appears to be Alyssum in the 1,400m Mica Empress Cup for horses in Class II. Promoted after his smashing eight-length victory, the Vijay Singh-trainee — a well-bred four-year-old by Steinbeck out of Ghanayem — may be hard to toss.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race:Maltese Prince Handicap(1.55pm) 1,400m (Cl IV,3-y-o only-Rt.00-50)Indian jockeys only

1 3041 Ballet Master [R. Alford] R. Gowli 60.0 1
2 2342 Ashbury [David] C. Alford 58.5 4
3 0041 Alocina [Bharath] Md Amil 57.0 3
4 - 443 Lockers Park [Bharath] S. Rabani 53.5 2
1.Lockers park (4) 2. Ashbury (2) 3. Ballet Master (1)
Lockers Park: Best at the weights. May strike. Ashbury: A good second to On The Bit. May do better. Ballet Master: An easy winner. May do the trick again.

2nd Race: Abernethy Handicap (2.35pm)1,200m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)

1 1103 Storm Centre [Rodrigues] N. Engineer 60.0 2
2 2100 Marimba [P. Locke] Md Yasin 55.0 4
3 - 101 Cup Of Life [David] C. Alford 54.5 3
4 3202 Abstract [David] A. P. Singh 53.5 8
5 0042 Scimitar [Mujeeb] Manohar S. 52.5 1
6 - 301 Winning Hand [Javed] M. Reuben 52.0 7
7 2003 Storm Trooper [Karki] Saran S. 52.0 5
8 4300 Mountain Memory [R. Alford] S. Tamang 50.5 6
9 1144 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] S. Shanker 50.5 9
1. cup of life (3) 2. winning hand (6) 3. diplomatic gesture (9)
Cup Of Life: Promoted on his narrow win but looking much improved and may strike again.Winning Hand: Beat a poor hollow. May fight for honours again. Diplomatic Gesture: Best at the weights but needs to put up more condition.

Third Race :Mica Empress Cup(3.05pm) 1,400m (Cl II — Rt. 66-94)

1 0012 Kansai [Bharath] Md Islam 60.0 4
2 2200 Clarice Cliff [Bharath] S. Rabani 60.0 2
3 3144 Amarante [Vijay] Md Amil 56.5 1
4 - 002 Serenader [Vijay] Surender S. 56.0 3
5 - 111 Alyssum [Vijay] C. Alford 53.0 5
1. Alyssum (5) 2. clarice cliff (2) 3. kansai (1)
Alyssum: Thrashed a good set in lower class. May take some beating. Clarice Cliff: A good sprinter coming right. Watch out. Kansai: In a good nick. May upset.

Fourth Race:Mountain Lily Handicap (3.35pm)1,000m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only

1 - 330 Privy Council [Javed] M. Reuben 60.0 1
2 - - - - Alceste [David] Md Amil 57.5 7
3 0400 Airs Image [R. Alford] B. Gurang 55.0 3
4 - - 00 Relative Shade [R. Alford] R. Gowli 54.5 2
5 0000 Strictly Royal[Bath] S. Shanker 52.5 4
6 0000 Sapphire And Silk [R. Alford] K. Kmuar 51.5 6
7 0000 Whitney [Rodrigues] Brij S. 51.5 5
1. Privy Council (1) 2. Relative Shade (4) 3. Strictly royal (5)
Privy Council: Ignore his last run when saddle slipped. May earn his maiden win. Relative Shade: Working well. May upset. Alceste: May place.

Fifth Race:Best Of All Cup(4.10pm) 1,000m (Cl IV—Rt. 22-50)

1 - - - - Chivalrous [David] Surender S 60.0 2
W ---- Comeback Kid [Javed] (Not declared to start) 59.0 --
3 - 112 Annella [Vijay] C. Alford 59.0 6
4 0131 Arctic Fancy [R. Alford] R. Gowli 57.0 4
5 0001 Work Order [Mujeeb] Md Islam 55.5 5
6 1330 Rock Falcon [R. Alford] K. Kumar 54.0 10
7 - 300 Amistad [Bharath] Dalpat S. 54.0 8
8 3004 Aliqa [Javed] Som S. 52.5 3
9 1230 Gul [P. Locke] M. Reuben 52.5 7
10 4110 Go India Go [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 51.5 1
11 - 000 Crest Star [Goenka] Md Yasin 47.5 9
1. annella (3) 2. arctic fancy (4) 3. gul (9)
Annella: Ideally cut out for sharp sprints. Likely to score. Arctic Fancy: May try to make things difficult for Annella with 2-kg weight advantage. Gul: May place.

Sixth Race:Moorhouse Handicap(4.40pm) 1,400m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only

1 1 Annalee [Vijay] C. Alford 61.0 7
2 0001 Alborada[R. Alford] R. Gowli 59.5 5
3 0000 Golden Express [R. Alford] P. Alford 57.5 1
4 - 000 Armed Alarm [Bharath] S. Rabani 57.5 2
5 - - 00 Rising Chorus [R. Alford] B. Gurang 54.5 6
6 - - - - Adeline [David] A. P. Singh 54.5 4
7 0000 Ballard Lady[R. Alford] S. Tamang 49.5 3
1. Annalee (1) 2. alborad (2) 3. armed alarm (4)
Annalee: A winner on debut last winter. Could make it two-in-a-row if not bothered by a heavyweight. Alborada: A fluent winner despite a troubled passage. Could do the trick again. Armed Alarm: May
place. Day’s Best: Alyssum Double: Privy Council & Annalee.    

Calcutta, Aug. 1: 
Super Smile and Aileron were impressive in today’s workouts.

Outer sand track

1,600m: Deep Star (C. Alford ) in 2-13 1/5s; (400m) 32s. Easy.

1,400m: As You Please (Rb), Master Charlie (Brij) and Madame X (Upadhya) in 1-53s; (400m) 28s. They were separated by a 4 ls and 6 ls. First named was easy. Allodium (C. Alford) and Charlene (M. Reuben) in 1-55s; (400m) 31s. Former neck better. Serenader (Surender) in 1-52s; (400m) 28 2/5s.

1,200m: Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) and Tribal Warlord (Rb) in 1-30s; (400m) 28 3/5s. Former distance better and moved well. Little Boy Blue (Rb) and The Stud (Upadhya) in 1-30s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Former 4 ls better and moved well.

800m: Swash Buckler (Brij) in 1-0 2/5s; (400m) 28s. Super Smile (M. Reuben) and Alsadena (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Former a length better. Aileron (C. Alofrd) and Soviet Port (M. Reuben) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Former 8 ls better.

Sand track

1,400m: Tsavo (Upadhya) in 1-50s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Easy.

800m: Mameena (Rutherford) in 51 2/5s; (400m) 23s. Moved attractively.

600m: Exclusive Girl (Tamang) in 46s; (400m) 28s. Swingtime (Rb) in 44 3/5s; (400m) 26 3/5s.

On Monday, outer sand track

1,200m: Annalee (C. Alford) in 1-34s; (400m) 25 3/5s. Good.

800m: Annella (C. Alford) in 58 1/5s; (400m) 26s. Moved well. Alyssum (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Handy.

Sand track

800m: Classy Twist (Tamang) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Ballet Master (Gowli) in 59s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Easy.

600m: Strictly Royal (Shanker) in 41s; (400m) 26.

On Sunday, outer sand track

600m: Highland Flame (Rb) and Scavengers Son (Rb) in 45 2/5s; (400m) 25s. Both level and easy.

Sand track

800m: Comeback Kid (Rb) in 52 2/5s; (400m) 23 1/5s. Moved well. Tsavo (Upadhya) 52 3/5s; (400m) 23s. Good. Abstract (Rb) and Adeline (Upadhya) in 55 3/5s; (400m) 24 3/5s. Former 2 ls better.    


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