A timely boost for Sengupta
Bengal sitting pretty
Bagan to put 4 on notice
Arup Basak is top seed
Sponsorship heavily slashed
Mysore races/ B. Prakash, R. Foley champ

Oct. 26: 
Indian chess is once again on a roll. After Viswanathan Anand had emphatically won the Fide World Cup in China last month, India won two golds and a silver at the world youth chess festival in Oropesa, Spain.

While Deep Sengupta and Koneru Humpy clinched gold in the boys’ under-12 and girls’ under-14, respectively, Dronavalli Harika narrowly missed the Gold when she was edged out on tie break by Zhon Yi Tan of China.

The star of the Indian contingent IM P. Harikrishna was a disappointment. He finished the championship on 7.5 well below the the eventual champion Olaksandr Aryeshchenko of Ukraine in the boys’ U-14 category.

Three months back, Deep hardly looked a player who would win the world title. He had come to Calcutta to participate in The Telegraph School Chess Championship at the Alekhine Chess Club.

Though Deep was seeded second in the meet he failed to impress, and finished a poor 14th. But Deep helped his school win the team title along with his elder brother Pratik.

Born on June 3, 1988 Deep is a student of class VIII of South Eastern Railway Mixed English Medium School in Chakradharpur. According to his maternal uncle Tapas Dasgupta, Deep is a self-made player who does not have a personal coach. But he has benefited from the Grandmaster coaching camps organized by the All India Chess Federation.

Deep is a positional player who likes to slowly built up his position, but he is capable of playing attacking chess when the need arises.

His last round win over Gudmundur Kjartansson was brilliant. He sacrificed a Rook for a Bishop on the 23rd move and had calculated the resulting position deeply. He went on to win the game in 36 moves.

Former Telegraph Champion Arghyadip Das believes Deep has made rapid strides in the last few months.

“I saw him playing in Lucknow in the Piloo Mody Open where he played on the top boards most of the time, and was impressive. He would have finished in the main prize list but he lost his last two rounds and was eliminated.His positional understanding is good for a player of his age. The world title should give a definite boost to his chess career.”    

Calcutta, Oct. 25: 
Bengal reached 35 for one in their second innings after bowling out Tripura for 159 on the second day of the BCCI three-day zonal under-14 meet tie at the East Calcutta District Sports Council ground today.

Bengal added just two more to their overnight first-innings total of 279 for nine but medium-pacer Abhishek Saha took four for 31 to put Bengal on top.

Saha was well supported by left-arm spinner Priyabrata Dutta (2/35) and chinaman bowler Subhojyoti Basu (2/29).

With a first-innings lead of 122, Bengal are now ahead by 157 runs and can go for an outright win on the last day if they score some quick runs.

Sikkim bowlers strike

In Jorhat, Sikkim’s Tashi Topden Bhutia and Sangay shared seven wickets to leave Assam tottering at 83 for nine in the second innings, reports Our Correspondent.


In Calcutta: Bengal 281 & 35/1. Tripura 159 (Abhijit Dey 29, Abhishek Saha 4/31, Priyabrata Dutta 2/35, Subhojyoti Basu 2/29).

In Jorhat: Assam 181 & 83/9 (Prakash Bhagat 21, Tashi Topden Bhutia 4/18). Sikkim 130 (Thsering Wangdi Bhutia 39).    

Calcutta, Oct. 25: 
Mohun Bagan will ask four of their players to show cause for allegedly beating up a teammate during the Governor’s Gold Cup in Gangtok.

Amitava Chanda, Jaynta Sen, Shib Shankar Santra and Amar Ganguly were reportedly involved in a brawl with ’keeper Bivash Ghosh after getting drunk at the team hotel Monday. Club secretary Anjan Mitra said show-cause notices will be issued to the four before Tuesday.    

Calcutta, Oct. 25: 
Arup Basak has replaced Soumyadeep Roy as top seed in men’s singles while Mouma Das heads the pack in women’s group as over 350 paddlers will vie for top honours in the Eastern India Table Tennis Championship to be held here from October 30 to November 3.

Soumyadeep, ranked number one as per mid-term clarification of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), had initially entered his name to participate in the tournament but the TTFI had informed that he being away to Sweden for training would not be available for the meet. This led to Arup’s promotion to the top slot.

In another development, a difference of opinion between TTFI and Bengal Table Tennis Association, organisers of the meet, forced Soumyojit Sarkar, a cadet player, to take part in the sub-junior boys’ singles. He was earlier eligible to participate only in men’s singles, according to a ruling by TTFI executive board.

Soumyojit was debarred from participating in the cadet singles event in the Western India championship for being allegedly overaged. He has since been re-examined by government doctors in Chinsurah, who have certified him to be in the 11-12 age group.

Later in the day, BTTA, however, received from TTFI a note of consent, allowing Soumyojit to fight for title in sub-junior boys’ singles. The TTFI, however, debarred Saptaparni Guha and Shinjini Mitra from vying for honours in girls’ section, alleging they had produced two separate contradictory certificates in proof of their age.

Out of 40 players, seeded for the meet, 29 belong to Bengal, chairman of the tournament committee, P.C. Purkayastha told a press conference today. According to him, former national champion Poulami Ghatak, Anindita Chakraborty, M.S. Mythili, Mantu Ghosh, Bhusan Thakur, R. Rajesh, Shibaji Dutta, Subhajit Saha and N.R. Indu, have confirmed participation in the tournament.

Purakayastha said the men’s champion will earn Rs 20,000, while the runners-up will get Rs 10,000. In the women’s winner will be richer by Rs 15,000 while the runner-up will get Rs 7,500. There will be prize money for the champions, runner-up and semi-finalists in all other categories.    

Calcutta, Oct. 25: 
The Williamson Magor Group of companies has decided to heavily cut down their involvement pertaining to the sponsorship of New Year’s Day racing. For nearly two decades, the group had been sponsoring the entire New Year’s Day card. The group has slashed its investment by nearly 43 per cent — from about Rs 26 lakh last year to Rs 15 lakh for the January 1, 2001 fare. The sponsored amount of the other important events during the season, however, remains unchanged. Financially, the company has not been doing well; say the company sources. Recently the company had also withdrawn from the Maharaja’s Gold Cup in Bangalore. Commenting on the issue, Vineet Verma, CEO and Secretary RCTC said: “We are disheartened but a formal request has been made to reconsider their decision.”    

Mysore, Oct. 25: 
Pretty Boy Floyd from trainer Michael Eshwer’s yard won the Y. R. Puttannaiah Memorial Gold Trophy, the chief event of the extra race-meeting at the Mysore races on Wednsday. Season had concluded last Sunday. Robert Foley emerged as the top trainer of the season with 23 wins while 26 winners of B. Prakash helped him bag the champion-jockey crown.


1. Mount Everest Stakes 1,600m: (2-4-6) My Goodness (Warren) 1; Sizzling Stamper 2; Selected Princess 3. Won by: 3/4; 3-1/2; (1-43.8). Tote: Win Rs 173; Place: 24; 15; 21; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 997. Fav: Sizzling Stamper (4).

2. Kanva Stakes 1,200m: (2-1-6) Frontier Hero (Raghavendra) 1; Always Dancing 2; Angel Of The East 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 1/2; (1-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 65; Place: 30; 14; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 377. Fav: Always Dancing (1).

3. Delhi Race Club Trophy 1,400m: (4-9-6) Simply Dashing (Prakash) 1; Storm On The Run 2; Expensive Search 3. Not run: River Dale (7). Won by: Dist; 2-1/4; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 12; 33; 23; Quinella: 147; Tanala: 967. Fav: Simply Dashing (4).

4. Belur Stakes 1,200m: (3-8-9) Activated (Hesnain) 1; Spanish Armada 2; Cormac 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 3-1/4; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 15; 25; 47; Quinella: 247; Tanala: 8,898. Fav: Sassy (7).

5. Independence Gold Trophy 1,600m: (6-8-5) Key Witness (Rajesh) 1; Beauchamp King 2; Vision Of Gold 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 4; (1-41.9). Tote: Win Rs 69; Place: 20; 15; 60; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 3,184. Fav: Something Fishy (3).

6. Y. R. Puttannaiah Memorial Gold Trophy 1,400m: (3-1-4) Pretty Boy Floyd (Appu) 1; Estocade 2; Stately Girl 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1; (1-27.4). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 16; 29; Quinella: 75; Tanala: 123. Fav: Pretty Boy Floyd (3).

7. Safi Darashah Memorial Gold Trophy 1,400m: (5-9-3) Gullane (Appu) 1; Supreme Ark 2; Splendid Chance 3. Won by: 1; 3; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 16; 25; 10; Quinella: 140; Tanala: 4,333. Fav: Splendid Chance (3).

8. Good Bye Stakes 1,600m: (4-9-5) Walk In The Clouds (Amit) 1; Perfect Attitude 2; Great Aswaraaj 3. Won by: 4; 2-3/4; (1-42.7). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 15; 20; 25; Quinella: 80; Tanala: 412. Fav: Walk In The Clouds (4).

Jackpot: Rs 8,896; (C) Rs 1,570.

Treble: (i) Rs 700; (ii) Rs 328.    

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