In-form rivals ready for the Derby
Gallagher pips Kharlov to post
Tickets for Rs 400, 500
Irina wins
Anand likely in city on Feb. 25
Big match live on DD Bangla
Calcutta Racing/ Andreyev for Queen’s Cup
Track trials
Bangalore Racing/ Pettalumma may strike
Bangalore Races/ Access All Areas wins

 
 
IN-FORM RIVALS READY FOR THE DERBY 
 
 
BY ANANYA DAS GUPTA
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
Only a point separates them at the top of the National Football League table, and there’ll be everything to play for when Mohun Bagan and East Bengal clash at the Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow.

But, then, a face-off between the two has never been only about trophies and titles. It’s been about a lot more than that.

It’s about escalating emotions that only a cross-city rivalry stoked over years can evoke. It’s about pressure. And promise.

Football lovers in the city may have turned their backs on the international flavour of the Sahara Cup a month back, but they are sure to turn out in thousands on this ‘Derby Day’. With ticket sales soaring, and the teams on a high from satisfying away matches, expectations hang heavy in the air.

Mohun Bagan come from a drawn match at FC Kochin, the league leaders (but having played a match more than the two Calcutta giants), while East Bengal will be carrying the confidence from a 1-0 win over Air-India at the Cooperage in Mumbai.

Manoranjan Bhattacharjee took over from Syed Nayeemuddin, just after the Rovers Cup, for his second stint in the East Bengal hot seat. It’s been some time now that his rivals carried away the Cup in Mumbai, yet Manoranjan maintains he hasn’t seen this Mohun Bagan team play — except on television.

The little that he has observed, Jose Ramirez Barreto needs special mention, as most football lovers in the city would vouch for. The Brazilian has fantastic ball control, and is immensely mobile. Something that has Manoranjan agreeing that “there’s no question of man-marking Barreto”. “It’s not physically possible, he just doesn’t play at one place,” he adds.

While Barreto continues his threatening attacks on the opponents’ citadel, his countryman Joao Dos Santos is probably homeward bound.

The striker who has improved with every game for Mohun Bagan, has torn a hamstring muscle. While he maintains he’ll recover in time to play his part in the season, club officials are not convinced and want to send him back. It’ll be a big blow to the prospects of the promising player, and a big loss for Mohun Bagan as coach Subrata Bhattacharya pointed out. “It’ll be hard to replace Santos, because of the workload he could take,” Subrata said.

Barreto and R.C. Prakash, the highest scorer in the League till date, spearhead Mohun Bagan’s attack while their opponents will employ the tall Nigerian, Omolaja Olalekan, from a withdrawn position.

Sur Kumar Singh is expected to abandon his position at right-back and play as the right-half. But that, only if coach Manoranjan doesn’t opt for experience and Carlton Chapman.

Dipendu Biswas, who scored a brilliant goal against Air India on Tuesday, is likely to be the one man deep in rival territory.

Dipendu appears to be a more mature player than last season. With increased mobility it is as if he is out on a mission, to prove a point or two. The coach though hasn’t fielded him for the full duration in most matches on fitness grounds this season and is not likely to do so tomorrow as well.

Manoranjan refused to divulge details about the team, but said there won’t be any change in formation. Isiaka is suspended with two yellow cards and, according to the coach, his place will go to either Anit Ghosh or Ranjan Dey. Anit looks likely to get the nod.

Bijen Singh has recovered from his injury, but the coach said he’ll field him only if required, which however seems unlikely. Mohun Bagan players are all fit to play but some changes in the team are on the cards. Rennedy Singh can make a comeback and will fight for a place with James Singh.

LIKELY TEAMS

MOHUN BAGAN: Bivas Ghosh/Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Dulal Biswas, M. Suresh, Amouri Da Silva, Lolendra Singh; R.P. Singh, Debjit Ghosh, Basudeb Mondal, Rennedy Singh/James Singh; R.C. Prakash, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee; Suley Musah, Jackson Egygpong, Dipak Mondal, Ratan Singh; Sur Kumar Singh/Carlton Chapman, Dipankar Roy, Anit Ghosh, Chandan Das; Omolaja Olalekan, Dipendu Biswas.

   

 
 
GALLAGHER PIPS KHARLOV TO POST 
 
 
BY BIPIN SHENOY
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
Joseph Gallagher of Switzerland, trailing half a point behind Andrei Karlov of Russia, caught up with the leader and finally emerged champion in the 12th Goodricke Open chess meet at Gorky Sadan today.

Both Ghallagher and Kharlov tied on 8 points but Gallagher was declared winner under the new Median Buccholoz System of tie-beak. Six players — including Sandipan Chanda — were tied for the third to eighth places.

While Maxim Sorokin and Evgeny Vladimirov took the 3rd and 4th places respectively, Sandipan was placed 5th.

Gallagher played energetically with the Black pieces to outwit Alexie Barsov of Uzbekistan in a King’s Indian defence.

On the top board, Kharlov expectedly agreed to a quick draw against Vladimirov of Kazakhstan to end on 8 points.

Sandipan spurned the draw offer of Ziaur Rahman deciding to fight in out with the White pieces. Zia opted for the centre counter defence, but gave Sandipan the advantage of two Bishops. Sandipan went astray in the middle game by sacrificing a pawn which gave him little for the material deficit.

Dibyendu Barua squandered an advantageous position against Dmitri Reinderman of The Netherlands to draw.

G.B. Prakash tried hard against GM Buenavent Villamayor to press home the advantage of an extra pawn in a Queen and pawn ending, but with both queens on board his task proved difficult and he had to settle for a draw.

P. Harikrishna managed a draw against Polish GM Tomasz Markowski .

Koneru Humpy, who required a win today to earn her second WGM norm, managed a draw against Polish Joanna Dworakowski . The prize distribution comes off tomorrow at 5.30 pm.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Andrei Kharlov (Rus, 8) drew Evgeny Vladimirov (Kaz, 7.5); Eshan Ghaem Maghami (Iran, 7.5) drew Maxim Sorokin (Arg, 7.5); Sandipan Chanda (Ind, 7.5) drew Ziaur Rahman (Ban, 7.5; Alexie Barsov (Uzb, 6.5) lost to Joseph Gallagher (Swi, 8); G. B. Prakash (Ind, 7) drew Buenavent Villamayor (Phi, 7); Victor Mikhelvski (Isr, 7) drew Datu Idelfanso (Phi, 7); R. B. Ramesh (Ind, 6.5) drew Nassir Wajih (7); Dibyendu Barua (Ind, 6.5) drew Dimitri Reinderman (The Neth, 6.5); Tomasz Markowski (Pol, 6) drew P. Harikrishna (Ind, 6.5); T. S. Ravi (Ind, 6) drew Abhijit Kunte (Ind, 6)

BENGAL PLAYERS

Surya Sekhar Ganguly (6.5) bt Nelson Mariano (Phi) 5.5; Neelotpal Das (5) drew Arghyadip Das (5); Shankar Roy (5) drew P. Konguvel (5); Dinesh K. Sharma (4.5) drew Saheli Dhar-Barua (4.5); Harkamal Singh Sandhu (2.5) lost to Saptarshi Roy (4); Saheli Nath (2.5) drew Anup Deshmukh (3.5)

Final standings

1. Joseph Gallagher (Swz, 8 points); 2. Andrei Kharlov (Rus, 8); 3. Maxim Sorokin (Arg, 7.5); 4. Evgeny Vladimirov (Kaz, 7.5); 5. Sandipan Chanda (Ind, 7.5); 6. Ehsan Ghaem Maghami (Ira, 7.5); 7. Victor Mikhalevski (Isr, 7.5); 8. Ziaur Rahman (Ban, 7.5); 9. Buenavent Villamayor (Phi, 7); 10. Nassir Wajih (Ind, 7); 11. G.B. Prakash (Ind, 7); 12. Dibyendu Barua (Ind, 6.5); 13. P. Harikrishna (Ind, 6.5); 14. Dmitri Reinderman (Hol, 6.5); 15. Dmitri Komarov (Ukr, 6.5).    

 
 
TICKETS FOR RS 400, 500 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
Tickets for the March 11-15 India versus Australia second Test will be priced at Rs 150, Rs 400 and Rs 500. This was decided at the CAB working committee meeting today.

The Rs 150 tickets, for players only, have been hiked by Rs 25. Higher-priced tickets remain unchanged.

Biswanath Dutt was named chairman of the organising committee for the Test.

Meanwhile, the Asian Cricket Foundation’s (ACF’s) plan to conduct an eye donation programme during the Eden Test will be open to public above 65 years.

The donors, to be chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis, will be given a complimentary ticket each. On the opening day, they will be introduced to the players and other dignitaries.

Leagues after Roy

The working committee also decided to name the CAB first and second division leagues after Pankaj Roy. The former India captain, world record-holder for the opening partnership in Test cricket (with the Late Vinoo Mankad), passed away earlier this month.

4-match ban on Das

The cricket committee today slapped a four-match suspension on Anup Das. The left-arm spinner, who plays for Tollygunge Agragami, abused the umpire during a League tie against Suburban.

Easy for Yubak Sangha

Yubak Sangha walloped Rampur Milan Sangha 5-0 in the women’s league today. Sankari Karmakar (2), Kamala Bal, Sumita Pal and Sujata Nandy scored for the winners.

In another match, Bally Gramanchal defeated NPC Academy 4-0, Deepa Bera (2), Mallika Mahanta and Tinku Sarkar being the scorers.

BHA league

West Bengal Police got past Chotonagpur RC by the odd goal in three in a group B tie of the BHA league today. Dipak Tamang and Gurupada Gope sounded the board for the policemen while R. Kujur reduced the margin for Chotonagpur.

In another match, Police AC and Khalsa Blues were locked 2-2. Hardeep Singh scored twice for Police AC while Hardip Singh restored parity twice for Khalsa.

Barnali in final

Barnali Raha moved into the finals in the Lalit Mitra Memorial state ranking championships at the Anushilan Samity courts when she beat Debasree Dey 10-13, 11-5, 11-3 in the women’s semi-finals today

In the mini-girls’ section, Dipika Halder emerged champion, overcoming Dolly Ghosh 3-11, 11-9, 11-4. Payel Benerjee lifted the sub-junior girls’ title, beating Muktabindu Basu 11-8, 11-2 in the final.

Sandipan Banerjee will meet Subharthi Banerjee in the mini boys’ final. Sandipan thrashed Subhojit Kundu 15-0, 15-0 as Subharthi beat Diptiman Choudhury 15-2, 15-10 today.

Merchants’ Cup bowling

Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services, Siemens Public Communications Ltd and Telecare Solutions won their matches in the inaugural Merchants’ Cup bowling meet today.    

 
 
IRINA WINS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
Irina Brar beat Guneet Raikhy by five and four while Priyanka Dey overcame Parnita Grewal at the 19th ladies amateur golf meet at RCGC today.

In the Vikramaditya Trophy, Toeko Baba beat Kavita Ajmera by four and two while Champika Sayal got past Anu Bindra by three and one. Billy Mehra defeated Nargis Jaidka by four and three in the DT Challenge Salver. Tazu Tsuruta was one up against Meenakshi Mohta in the same event.

Vijay Kumar keeps lead

Vijay Kumar shot a two-under 68 card to maintain lead on Day II of the Pro Golf 2001 East India Open at the Patna Golf Club today.

According to information received here, Vijay took his total tally to nine-under 131. Three strokes behind was Shiv Prakash at six-under 134. Feroz Ali, Rohtas Singh, city-based Basad Ali and Mukesh Kumar were tied for the third spot at four-under 136. Local pro Raju Ali was fourth withthree-under 137.

Hole-in-one

S. S. Negi recently holed in one stroke on the second (134 yards) at the Royal during the Brown Cup.    

 
 
ANAND LIKELY IN CITY ON FEB. 25 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
World chess champion GM Viswanathan Anand is likely to be in the city on February 25.

He is expected here for the silver jubilee celebrations of the Alekhine Chess Club on February 26. Anand will also be felicitated by the club.

   

 
 
BIG MATCH LIVE ON DD BANGLA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
The much-hyped East Bengal-Mohun Bagan match at the Salt Lake Stadium will be telecast live on DD Bangla from 2.20 pm tomorrow.

The clash is being treated as a fund-raiser for the Gujarat earthquake victims and the football fans in the city have responded to it very well. Till late this evening the IFA was sure that among the 50,000 tickets distributed through different counters, 40,000 have already been sold out.

The IFA has, as a precautionary measure, printed overall 98,700 tickets — the capacity of the stadium — and will issue them if necessary. They have so far distributed around 28,000 to the big clubs, 17,000 to East Bengal and 11,000 to Mohun Bagan.

They also expect that more than 15,000-20,000 tickets will be sold tomorrow at the stadium.

Otherwise, 15,180 tickets have been sold in the VVIP, special guests, VIP, SSS and donor members categories. From the sale of these a total of Rs 1,79000 has already been collected.

The IFA had earlier planned to donate Rs 8-lakh for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the trend in ticket sales shows that they’ll probably achieve the target.

The highly sensitive encounter will also see tight security at the stadium. Around 100 men from a private security agency will be present at the different gates.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ANDREYEV FOR QUEEN’S CUP 
 
 
BY OUR TURFCORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
The 2,800-metre Queen Elizabeth II Cup, sponsored by the Eveready Industry, may tirn out to be a close contest among Alvarada, Andreyev and Surfside, all them four-year-olds. However, it is the Padmanabhan-trained Steinbeck-London Cries son Andreyev who appears to hold slight advantage over the two fillies. It is because, Alvarada returns to the track after her slashing wound injury while Surfside seems to be a poor class against the gelding.

RACE CARD AND SELECTIONS

1. Veritas Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1 pm: Alastar 61 (Withdrawn); Global Harmony 60 Gowli 3; Blessed Spirit 58 A. Imran 4; Heaven’s Blessing 56.5 G. Singh 1; Crest Star 56 Yasin 2.
Crest Star 1. Global Harmony 2. Blessed Spirit 3.

2. Necessity Handicap 1,100m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1.35 pm: Finders Keepers 60.5 Islam 2; All Jade 59 (Withdrawn); Stella Blue 59 Gajendra 5; Neelanjana 56 Rutherford 6; Pneumatic Power 56 A. Imran 4; Tsaynen Blue 55.5 Gowli 1; Piece Of Cake 55 Upadhya 3; Go India Go 51 Som S. 7; Magic Ring 49 (Withdrawn).

Tsaynen Blue 1. Finders Keepers 2. Go India Go 3.

3. Cros Cup 1,400m (Cl IV; Cl V; eligible, 3-y-0 only Rt. 00-50) 2.15 pm: Andrada 60 Surender 1; Accrete 52 Kader 7; Alamito 51.5 C. Alford 3; Anokato 49.5 Som S. 10; Arterial 49 Amil 6; Grecian Prince 48 Brij 9; Maltayar 48 Islam 2; Secret Adversary 48 Tamang 8; Breakfast At Tiffany 47.5 Rabani 4; Lively Project 47 Paswan 5.

Accrete 1. Alamito 2. AndradA 3.

4. Elusive Pimpernel Cup 1,400m (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over) 2.50 pm: Freedom Dancer 63 A. P. Singh 5; Illustrious Reign 59.5 Gurang 3; Stately Don 57 A. Imran 7; Tsavo 56 Gowli 4; Alyssum 55 Kader 8; Highland Flame 54 C. Alord 2; Mystic Hill 50 Yasin 6; Clarice Cliff 48 Rabani 1.

Alyssum 1. Tsavo 2. Freedom Dancer 3.

5. Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2,800m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.20 pm: Colonial 60 Gowli 4; Jeweller 60 Amil 1; Alvarada 56.5 C. Alford 5; Andreyev 53 Kader 3; Surfside 51.5 M. Reuben 2.

Andreyev 1. Surfside 2. Alvarada 3.

6. Hyderabad Race Club Cup 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.55 pm: Sky Command 60 Rutherford 6; Charlene 59.5 M. Reuben 2; Soviet Port 59.5 Rabani 8; Peace Envoy 58.5 Upadhya 12; Andestine 56.5 C. Alford 5; Alborada 55 Gurang 7; Ballet Master 54 Som S. 9; High Life 54 Smith 11; Kargil Soldier 54 Connorton 4; Pure Energy 54 K. Gurang 1; Mr. Bombshell 53.5 A. Imran 10; Tajik 51.5 Gowli 3.

Andestine 1. Soviet Port 2. Kargil Soldier 3.

7. Gudarz Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4.35 pm: Aragrove 60.5 Gurang 6; Appeaer 58.5 C. Alford 15; Black Mane 58 Kujur 1; Gentle Priest 57.5 Rabani 8; Iron Warrior 56.5 Upadhya 3; Reactor 56.5 Haroon 10; Rheinheart 55.5 A. P. Singh 11; Aflicker 54.5 M. Reuben 7; Russian Czar 54 Rutherford 14; Glass Slipper 52.5 Ahmed 12; Stately Honour 52.5 Yacoob 13; Eau Savage 51.5 Shanker 4; The Stud 51.5 Gowli 2; Royal Ruler 51 K. Gurang 9; Airs Image 48.5 Tamang 5.

Appeaer 1. Russian Czar 2. Eau Savage 3.

Day’s Best: Alyssum

Double: Tsaynen Blue & Andreyev.
   

 
 
TRACK TRIALS 
 
 
FROM OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 16: 
Aracruz and Jayaashva were impressive in work outs today.

Outer sand track

1,600m: Aracruz (C. Alford) and Alkido (Rabani) in 1-57s; (400m) 30s. Former better.

1,400m: Calculus (Khalander) in 1-42s; (400m) 31s. Fit. Allodium (Rabani) in 1-41s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

1,200m: John Balliol/Love Time (Engineer) in 1-32s; (400m) 34s. Easy.

1,000m: Armed Alarm (Islam) and Alverina (Rb) in 1-13s; (400m) 28s.

Sand track

1,400m: Merano (Rb) in 1-48s; (400m) 28s.

1,200m: Jayaashva (K. Kumar) in 1-14 3/5s; (400m) 25s. Impressed. Falconaire (Rb) in 1-25s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Almond Rock (Tamang) in 1-24s; (400m) 29s. Lovely Duchess (Yadav) in 1-29s; (400m) 28s. Red Trident (K. Gurang) in 1-28s; (400m) 33s.    


 
 
BANGALORE RACING/ PETTALUMMA MAY STRIKE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Feb. 16: 
The most likely winner of tomorrow’s feature event the 1,400m A. V. Thomas Trophy, for youngsters, will be the Rashid Byramji-trained Pettalumma, who will be partners by apprentice Harish.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Solo Spirit 1. Young Lust 2. Lake Baikal 3.
2.30 pm: Street Smart 1. Hello Baby 2. Magic Stride 3.
3 pm: Predominate 1. St. Chris 2. Classic Liason 3.
3.30 pm: Turn My Luck 1. Winning Charm 2. Gracious Rohit 3.
4 pm: Pettalumma 1. Antequera 2.
4.30 pm: Far Excellence 1. Royal Debut 2. Arduous 3.
5 pm: Alylady 1. Actue 2. Sensational News 3.
5.30 pm: Careless Beauty 1. Pharoah 2. Scandel Sheet 3.

Day’s Best: Alylady

Double: Pettalumma & Far Excellence
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ ACCESS ALL AREAS WINS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Bangalore, Feb. 16: 
The Padmanabhan-trained four-year-olds Access All Areas lifted the Ashwapriya Cup, the main event at the Bangalore races on Friday. Aslam Kader partnered the Razeen-Alix daughter to victory.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Madhavanagar Plate 1,200m: (7-2-6) Kirkcaldy (M. Narredu) 1; Prowl 2; Maurya 3. Won by: 3; 2-1/4; (1-15.7). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 11; 23; 16; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 489. Fav: Kirkcaldy (7).

2. Yediyur Plate 1,200m: (4-6-9) Avocation (Kader) 1; Almost Heaven 2; Winelight 3. Won by: 3; Nk; (114.3). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 18; 8; 32; Quinella: 136; Tanala: 1,243. Fav: Avocation (4).

3. Ashwapriya Cup 1,600m: (3-1-4) Access All Areas (Kader) 1; Aerobee 2; Silver Patriarch 3. Won by: 1; 4-1/4; (1-40.8). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 13; 22; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 147. Fav: Access All Areas (3).

4 Kollegal Plate 1,400m: (1-6-5) Bold Connection (Hughes) 1; Don King 2; Furia Rossa 3. Won by: 1/2; 3-1/4; (1-29.3). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 13; 12; 17; Quinella: 31; Tanala: 227. Fav: Don King (6).

5. Air R. H. D. Singh Memorial Plate 1,200m: (6-7-11) Screen Play (Shobhan) 1; Spark Of Life 2; Telegram 3. Won by: Nk; 1/2; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 16; 39; 22; Quinella: 261; Tanala: 3,288. Fav: Screen Play (6).

6. Ullal Beach Plate 1,400m; (9-3-6) Attlee (C. Krishnan) 1; I Me And Mine 2; Guide 3. Won by: 8; 3/4; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 18; 26; 20; Quinella: 208; Tanala: 981. Fav: Crown Witness (2).

Jackpot: Rs 983; (C) Rs 82.

Treble: (i) Rs 62; (ii) Rs 320.
   
 

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