Alexei Shirov succumbs to Anand novelty
Exhibiting the science of sport
Shiv Prakash in lead
Ritwick in semi-finals
Paikpara rout Taltala
India keep final hopes alive
Bangalore Racing/ Rainbow Flash set for encore
Calcutta Racing/ 4 trophy events in Saturday’s card
Track trials

Teheran, Dec. 21: 
Anand has tasted his first victory over the other finalist, Alexei Shirov of Spain, in the second game to go one up in the six-game match-up of the World Championship in Teherah.

Playing with the white pieces, Anand adopted the Ruy Lopez variation, which was met with the Archangel Defence by Shirov. Shirov repeated the opening from the second game of Anand-Adams semi-final in New Delhi, but deviated on the seventh move.

Anand came up with an interesting novelty on the very next move and entered into a complicated position. Although Shirov replied instantly to this novelty, he took a lot of time on his next three moves.

In the meantime, Anand consolidated his position and went on to establish positional superiority with every move. After that, Anand had two options — either complicate the game by keeping more pieces on the board, or enter into a rook and pawn-ending with a technical winning chance.

The moment rook and pawn ending reached move No. 30, Anand played accurately and displayed superb endgame skill to wrap up the game in 64 moves in his favour.

It may be noticed that in both the games Anand and Shirov have played with a positive approach and have gone all-out in an attempt to win the game. Anand has already been successful in this context. Now it is Shirov’s turn to nullify Anand’s advantage by winning the next game tomorrow, when he would be playing with White.

So we may expect to see another interesting game tomorrow.


V. Anand (2762) vs A. Shirov (2746)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bc2 d5 8.a4 (This is a new move! Here 8.d4 is usually played. Shirov himself played with white against Grandmaster Onischuk. Now it is Anand’s turn to prove the validity of his opening idea). 8.. dxe4 (Here 8…Bg4 is another try) . 9.axb5 Bg4 10.Bxe4 Nxe4 11.bxc6 0-0 12.d4 (This is the safest and solid option.Here interesting try is 12. d3 with the idea 12..Nf2 13.Rf2 Bf2 14. Kf2 e4 15. Ra4 winning the exchange). 12.. exd4 13.cxd4 Bb6 (13…Bb4 is also playable).14.Nc3 (A logical move.Now after exchange of Knight, the black bishop on b6 square would be out of play). 14… Re8 (Black chooses the correct continuation). 15.Be3 (White is better. Anand prefers to avoid unnecessary complications from 15.h3 Bf3 16.Qf3 Qd4 17. Ra4 Nc3 or 17. Be3 Nd2 ). 15.. Qd6 16.d5 (After this black bishop on b6 square is not blocked anymore). 16…Bxe3 (16..Nc3 ? 17.bc3 Be3 18.fe3 Re3 after which white has 19. Qd4 which forces black an exchange sacrifice by 19…Bf3 20.Qe3 Bd5). 17.fxe3 Rad8 18.Rxa6! (After this move white is clearly better and there are two possibilities in this game between white wins or draw). 18. Nxc3 19. bxc3 Qxd5! (19..Bf3 20.Qf3 Qd5 21.Qd5 Rd5 22. Ra7 Rc8 23. Rfb1 with winning Rook-pawn ending). 20. Qxd5 Rxd5 21. Nd4 g6 22. Rf4 Bf5 23.Ra7 Rxe3 24.c4 Rc5 25.Rxc7 Re4 26. Rxe4 Bxe4 27. Re7 Bf5 28.c7 Kf8 29. Nxf5 gxf5 30. Rd7 Kg7 31. Rd4 Rxc7 32. Kf2 Kf6 33. Ke3 Ke6 34. g3 f6 35. Kd3 Ra7 36. Kc3 Ke5 37. Rh4 Rb7 38. Rf4 Rb1 39. Rf2 Rc1+ 40. Kb4 Ke6 ( It looks like a terrible mistake and white will win now. Black’s only chance to hold the game by organising a past pawn. Better try was 40…h5). 41. Kb5 Kd6 42. Rf5 Rb1 43. Ka4 Rb2 44. Rf6 (This move was criticised by many Grandmasters. According to them it was a serious technical mistake that allowed exchange of f pawn for white’s outside passer c pawn.Instead they suggested 44. Rh5 f5 45. Ka3. But in my opinion this was the right choice,now it is just a matter of technique). 44. Kc5 45. Rh6 Kc4 46. Rh4 Kd5 47. Rh7 Ke5 48. Ka3 Rb8 49. Rh5 Kf6 50. Rh4 Kg5 51. Rb4 Rh8 52. h4 Kh5 53. Rb5 Kh6 54. g4 Re8 55. Rb4 Kg6 56. Rb6 Kf7 57. Rb7 Ke6 58. Rh7 Rb8 59. g5 Kf5 60. Rh6 Ke5 61. h5 Kf5 62. g6 Kf6 63. Rh7 Rg8 64. Kb3 Black resigns.


Calcutta, Dec. 21: 
“Previously champions were born, nowadays they are made,” Olympian Gurbux Singh’s candid observation was the essence of the ‘Science of Sports’ exhibition, inaugurated today at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum. It concludes on January 31.

Aimed to deal with scientific application for the betterment of sport, the exhibition, spread over 15,000 square feet, covers athletics, cricket, rowing, basketball, shooting, golf, boxing, mountaineering, bowling, wrestling, etc. It also deals with the eye, ear, hand and brain co-ordination in sport, nutrition and biomechanics.

Exhibits like “how fast you can run” gives an opportunity for a visitor to take part in a sprint and and provides a printout on the time to cover the 10m distance. He can get to know the scientific reason relating to his physical parameters which has prevented him from matching the skills of a champion.

Similarly, one can find out his bowling speed and also learn the scientific aspects of swing. Sporting shoe exhibits will explain the effect of shoes on maximisation of performance.

While the common man’s involvement is welcome, the very purpose of the exhibition will be defeated if the players don’t get a chance to avail of these gadgets.

“We are seeking assistance from the SAI in this regard,” informed one of the organisers. But a more professional approach —informing the cricket, athletics and other sports associations to reap the maximum benefits — could have served the purpose of the exhibition well.


Calcutta, Dec. 21: 
The penultimate day at the Rs 7.5 lakh Tamil Nadu Golf Federation (TNGF) Open 2000 at the Cosmopolitan Golf Club course, saw Shiv Prakash take over the lead with a day card of one under 71 to aggregate 210, a stroke ahead of Rohtas Singh.

According to information reaching here, Rohtas carded a two-under for a five-under aggregate after 54 holes, one stroke better than overnight leader Rafiq Ali, who was tied for third place with Vishal Singh of Jaipur and Calcutta’s Basad Ali (four-under 212).

Basad shot a four-under 68, while another veteran, 45-year-old Balbir Singh Verma submitted the best card of the day, a five-under 67, to leapfrog up to tied sixth place at two-under 214.

Despite a four-under round yesterday, Shiv Prakash was forced to second place by Rafiq Ali. But the Kanpur pro submitted his third straight sub-par card to take the lead.

East India golf

Anitya Chand beat Rahul Halwasiya on the 15th hole in the first round of the Goodricke East India amateur meet matchplay event.

Other results: Sanjeev Singh bt Sundeep Varma on the 19th; Amandeep Batth bt Karan Sachdev 4-3; Arjun Singh bt Aparup Saikia 5-4; Sheeraj Kalra bt Atul Almal 3-2; Rahil Gangjee bt Manish Agarwal 7-6; Simarjeet Singh bt Keshav Mishra 1up; Ranjit Singh bt Aditya Khaitan 3-2; Vikram Rana Pratap bt Sandeep Sayal 1up; Vikrant Chopra bt Manav Das 2-1; Parikshit Gandhi bt Balwant Singh 4-3; Jaideep Patwardhan bt Jasjeet Singh 3-2; Pritam Saikia bt Saurav Bahuguna 4-3; Sanjeev Mehra bt Raj Singh 4-2; Mehtab bt Rajeev Kumar on the 19th.


Calcutta, Dec. 21: 
Ritwick Bhattacharya moved into the semi-finals of the Power East India squash championship today. In the quarter finals, the national champion beat Bengal’s Deepak Agarwal 9-2, 9-0, 9-0.

A. Kalia, N. Narain and Bikram Oberoi completed the semi-final line-up.


MEN: A.Kalia bt A.S> Chonkar 9-4, 9-3, 9-6; N. Narain bt Dalip Tripathi 9-1, 9-1, 9-1; Bikram Oberoi bt S. Bisht 9-3, 9-3, 9-7; Ritwick Bhattacharya bt Deepak Agarwal 9-2, 9-0, 9-0.

U-17: Kabir Mansatta bt Abhinav Rampuria 5-9, 10-9, 9-6, 9-3; Dhruv Dhawan bt R. Bajoria 9-2, 9-0, 9-0.

Bhupathi gets wild card

Mahesh Bhupathi has been given a singles wild card for the Gold Flake Open in Chennai from January 1 to 7, according to information received here.

He and Paes have got a direct entry in the doubles.

BPA badminton

Pronab Das, Mrinmoy Pal and Indrajit Das won the men’s matches in the state ranking badminton meet organised by Badminton Players Association today. They beat Sanjib Mistry (15-2, 15-2), Bijoy Dey (15-10, 15-9) and Amitangshu Halder (15-4, 15-1), respectively.

In the women’s section second seed Amrita Mukherjee beat Pratima Chakraborty 11-0, 11-1.


Calcutta, Dec. 21: 
Iresh Saxena’s six-wicket haul helped Paikpara Sporting beat Taltala Institute by eight wickets on Day I of their CAB league tie today.


Wari 408/9 (Saikat Mukherjee 116, Avishek Jhunjhunwala 104; Sankar Chakraborty 3/61) vs City.

Tapan Memorial 389 (Samir Ghosh 114, Arup Bhattacharjee 53, Joydeep Mukherjee 48, Somdeb Saha 43; Arindam Sarkar 3/92, Sanjib Goel 4/49) vs Mohun Bagan.

Suburban 399/6 (Aranya Deb Sarkar 121 n.o., Sourab Sil 86, Sanjay Ranjan 85, Sandip Ganguly 38) vs Excelsiors.

Mohammedan Sporting 235. East Bengal 16/0.

Eastern Railway 361/7 (Asif Murtaza 100, Amal Das 61, Ananda Kumar 50, Souvik Mukherjee 43; Sanjib Ghosh 3/127) vs Kumartuli.

Sporting Union 407/5 decl. (Prashanta Sinha Roy 109, Satrajit Lahiri 100 n.o., Amar Singh 67, Rajib Sen 59). Young Bengal 27/1.

Tollygunge Agragami 309 (Koushik Burman 60, Mainak Sengupta 40, Jayanta Ghosh Dastidar 43) vs Town.

Taltala Institute 132 (Iresh Saxena 6/32). Paikpara Sporting 135/2 (Anindya Das 53 n.o., Anirban Chatterjee 44 n.o.). Paikpara won by 8 wkts.

Mohunlal 119 (Intikhab Alam 4/44, Chandranath Sanyal 3/13). Aikya Sammilani 121/2 (Sujoy Chowdhury 52, Rabi Pradhan 45). Aikya won by 8 wkts.

8-wkt win for Bengal

Rashmi Ratan Das’ 73 went in vain as Orissa went down to Bengal by eight wickets on the final day of the under-22 zonal meet.

BRIEF SCORES: Orissa 140 & 196 (Rashmi Ratan Das 73; Wrichik Majumder 3/45, Shib Sagar Singh 3/47). Bengal 240 & 100/2 (Arindam Das 51 n.o., Ranabir Nath 45 n.o.).

Cathedral Mission win

Mohammed Salim’s unbeaten 129 took Cathedral Mission to a 27-run victory over St Xavier’s in the inter-school meet organised by St Lawrence Old Boys’ Association.

BRIEF SCORES: Cathedral Mission 207/3 in 25 (Md Salim 129 n.o.). St Xavier’s 180/9 in 25 (Sanket Poddar 54).

North champions

North Zone, who won all three matches in the scribes’ meet, emerged champions in the Hero Honda-presented J.K. Bose Trophy. West, by virtue of two wins, were runners-up.


East 201/7 (Arup Chatterjee 90, Debabrata Chakraborty 54). North 202/2 (Sunil Narula 102 n.o., Vikrant Gupta 61). North won by 8 wkts.

South 50. West 51/0. West won by 10 wkts.


New Delhi, Dec. 21: 
Calcutta-based Syed Fazaluddin sparkled in India’s spirited 2-1 win over Thailand in the $90,000 Asia Cup tennis tournament at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium today. Fazal overcame his nerves, served and volleyed effectively to oust Thailand’s No. 2 singles player Attapol Rithiwattanapon in straight games. Then he combined effectively with Mahesh Bhupathi to notch up a straight-set win in just 55 minutes.

Today’s win brightened India’s chances of making the final. With Korea favoured to beat Thailand, India need a win against China to ensure qualification. Both matches will take place simultaneously tomorrow. China is not in contention, as they have lost both matches.

In the opening singles, Fazal blasted four aces in the first set, with a break in the fourth game to notch up a 5-2 lead. Attapol was erratic and struggled with his groundstrokes. On the verge of victory, Fazal froze. His mobility and booming serves deserted him while serving for the set at 5-3. Fazal lost his service and with the score at 5-4, the Indian camp was tense. However Attapol also lost his composure and at 30-40 in the 10th game, sent a high return which Fazal despatched for a winner.

Fazal’s mobility, crisp volleys and powerful serves enabled him dominate the second set. He raced to a 5-1 lead with a break in the fourth game. Barring the seventh game, he hardly faced any challenge and completed the win in an hour and 25 minutes.

Harsh Mankad, recovering from a stomach upset, looked rusty and Thai No. 1 Danai Udamchoke dominated the match. In the opening set, after Mankad won his first service game, the athletic Udamchoke won six games in a row to take the set 6-1. In the second set, Udamchoke needed a solitary break in the third game, to wrap up the match 6-1, 6-3.

The tie was delicately poised at 1-1. However Bhupathi and Fazal kept Indians smiling with a slick display. Bhupathi’s down-the-line passing shots and backhand winners were in full flow as the Indian duo raced to a 5-1 lead, before taking the set 6-3.

Bhupathi’s excellent returns and Fazal’s booming serves subdued the Thai pair. The Indians attacked the inexperienced Supparat Chukawan, who was broken twice, before wrapping up the second set 6-0 for a deserving 2-1 win.

On the side courts, South Korea booked their berth in the final after a 3-0 win over China for their second straight victory. Korea rested their top player Hyung-Taik Lee giving Seung-Hun Lee a chance to show his mettle. Lee needed just an hour and 17 minutes to overwhelm Wang Yu 6-2, 6-3 before Yong-Il Yoon edged past Zhang Yu 6-3, 7-5 to give Korea a 2-0 lead. In the inconsequential doubles tie, Hyung-Taik Lee and Seung-Hun Lee beat Wang and Zhang 6-1, 7-6.

RESULTS — MEN: India bt Thailand 2-1 (Syed Fazaluddin bt Attapol Rithiwattanapong 6-4, 6-3; Harsh Mankad lost to Danai Udamchoke 1-6, 3-6; Bhupathi and Fazal bt Supparat Chukawan and Udamchoke 6-3, 6-0). Korea bt China 3-0.


Bangalore, Dec. 21: 
The Ganapathy-trained Rainbow Flash, who overwhelmed the field in her debut run, looks too good to lift the 1,200m Gangavathi Cup, tomorrow’s main event which is a terms affair. Richard Hughes partners the Always A Rainbow-Splendid Role filly.


2 pm: Silver Mist 1. Suhasini 2. Silver Falcon 3.
2.30 pm: Sizzling Stamper 1. Predominate 2. Water Baby 3.
3 pm: Rainbow Flash 1. Blue Gardenia 2. Leading Conquest 3.
3.30 pm: Swift 1. Auric 2. Whattagirl 3.
4 pm: Brave Edge 1. Musky Bird 2. Savage Heart 3.
4.30 pm: Red Quartz 1. Chantenay 2. Narvar 3.
5 pm: Almost Heaven 1. Bold Chieftan 2. Avocation 3.
5.30 pm: Three To Count 1. Ivory Wings 2. Sinatra 3.
Day’s Best: Rainbow Flash
Double: Silver Mist & Brave Edge

Calcutta, Dec. 21: 
Fileds are massive in the later half of the seven-event Saturday race-card featuring four trophy events, including the prestigious 1,200m Army Cup for horses in Class I. First race starts at 12.45 pm.


1. Thunderbolt Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 12.45 pm: Finders Keepers 61; Arco Europa 61; Neelanjana 60.5; Friendly Knight 56; Altruism 56; Magic Ring 54.

2. Hongkong Jockey Club Trophy 1,100m (Terms, 2-y-o only) 1.15 pm: Alamito 52; Anokato 52; Sebastian 52; Ascoril 50.5; Calorescence 50.5.

3. Nikita Handicap 1,100m (Cl V; Rt. Rt. 18 and below) 1.55 pm: Armila 60; Alastar 58.5; Slice Of Life 55.5; Prizren 53; Private Lives 52.5; Atacada 50; Fibonacci 49.

4. Commanche Cup 1,600m (Cl II; Cl III eligible, Rt 44-94) 2.25 pm: Colonial 60; Annatto 57; Kansai 55; Double Bull 53; Solo Act 51.5; Sterling Prospect 51; Beau Bruno 47.5.

5. Army Cup 1,200m: (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over) 2.55 pm: Joe The Pro 60; Mystic Hill 57; Stately Don 53.5; Highland Flame 51.5.

6. General A. S. Vaidya Memorial Cup 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.35 pm: Santa Monica 61; Sky Command 57; Analyzer 56.5; Aragrove 56.5; Gambino 55; High Life 53; Citadel 53; Spanish Drums 52; Storm Centre 52; Gentle Priest 52; Ammeter 51; Alborada 51; Stately Honour 51; Charlene 51; Bul Bul 47.5.

7. Harvest Star Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4.10 pm: Santillana 61; Googy Gangster 61; Splendid Star 60.5; Constantine 59.5; Stella Blue 55.5; Special Sovereign 55.5 Flying Scot 55; All Jade 55; Double Dancer 53; Artifact 52.5; Adorer 52; Ghunghat 52; Himalyan Prince 51; Atomist 51; Alflora 51; Hoyo Hoyo 48.5.

Jackpot: 3; 4; 5; 6 & 7.

Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 5; 6 & 7.


Calcutta, Dec. 21: 
Earl Grey and Actress were good at work out today.

Outer sand track

1,600m: Acrosto (Rb) and Wandering Warrior (Rb) in 2-4s; (400m) 30s. Former far better. Earl Grey (Yadav) and Harry The Hosrse (Connorton) in 1-58s; (400m) 27s. Former too good.

1,400m: Actress (C. Alford) and Crucible (Surender) in 1-41s; (1,000m) 1-20s; (400m) 28s. Former much better.

1,200m: Flinders(Rb) in 1-30s; (400m) 32s. The Archer (Connorton) and Ispahan (Yadav) in 1-25s; (400m) 28s. Former far better. Madame X (Upadhya) and Swash Buckler (Rb) in 1-28s; (400m) 29s. Both urged to level.

1,000m: Tsavo (Khalander) in 1-16s; (400m) 30s. Ancheta (Amil) and Alicyclic (Surender) in 1-19s; (400m) 31s. Both level.

800m: Googy Gangster (Upadhya) and Storm Centre (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Former much superior. Prizren (M. Reuben) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Tequila Shot (G. Singh) and Pistol Star (Shanker) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Former better. Silver Toy (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Quickdraw McGraw (Kujur) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s.

Sand track

800m: Double Bull (A. Imran) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. Privy Council (M. Reuben) in 51s; (400m) 24s. Good. Double Dancer (Rb) in 51s; (400m) 25s. Fit.


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