3 upsets on Day 2
SAI scholarships in school rowing
EZCA to propose early start of season
Hemanta signs for East Bengal
Bangalore Racing/ Sensational News fancied

Jamshedpur, June 22: 
On a day of upsets, fourth seed Satish Kumar of Guru Nanak High School was shocked by Ankit Amartya in the third round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship here at JRD Tata Complex today.

Satish won positional advantage and was maintaining a winning position with white pieces till the middlegame. But he awfully mishandled his moves towards the end and finally ended up on the wrong end of the stick after 34 moves.

Seventh seed Anirban Pati and tenth-seeded Varun Anant also suffered setbacks.

Anirban enjoyed some advantages against Soubhik Bhattacharya in exchange of Slav defence before blundering on the 21st move where he lost his knight at d5. Anirban went under time pressure and subsequently resigned.

Varun, on the other hand, allowed Himanshu Sekhar Sharma to equalise easily in the Sicilian Taimanov. Himanshu, a Town School student of Munger, got the thematic d5 break and got slight edge in the rook ending after exchange of heavy pieces where Varun blundered and lost in 23 moves.

Other seeded players, however, had it easy

Earlier, in the second round played in the morning, the form-book held true.

Top seed Pratik Sengupta, with white, checkmated Rhythm Das in just seven moves in the second round. Pratik went on to win his next match against Sovan Pramanik, too.

On the second board, Rohan Vijay Shandilya had no problem in exploiting Asif Alam’s planless play to win in 30 moves. The other Fide-rated player, Abhishek Das, too won comfortably against Gurpreet Singh.


ROUND III: Sovan Pramanik (2) lost to Pratik Sengupta (3), Rohan Vijay Shandilya (3) bt Vijay Kumar (2), Saurabh Anand (2) lost to Abhishek Das (3), Satish Kumar (2) lost to Ankit Amartya (3), S. Sruthi (2) lost to Sudipto Dasgupta (3), Akash Kusum (3) bt Raja Mukherjee (2), Anirban Pati (2) lost to Soubhik Bhattacharya (3), Abhishek Biswas (2) lost to Arin Biswas (3), Varun Anant (2) lost to Himanshu Sekhar Sharma (3), Bibha Bargah (2) lost to Ramesh Kumar.

ROUND II:Pratik Sengupta bt Rhythm Das (1), Asif Alam (1) lost to Rohan Vijay Shandilya, Abhishek Das (2) bt Gurprit Singh (1), Ankit Kumar Singh (1) lost to Satish Kumar, Sudipto Dasgupta bt Gyanendra Singh (1), Sandeep Singh (1) lost to Akash Kusum (2), Harshit (1) lost to Anirban Pati (2), Arin Biswas (2) bt Barsha Mukherjee (1), Soukhin Pramanik (1) lost to Varun Anant (2), Ramesh Kumar (2) bt Tiyas Moitra (1).


Calcutta, June 22: 
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) will award scholarships to members of teams coming first and second in the Servo-Indian Oil 29th inter-school regatta to be held over the Lake Club courses from Sunday to June 30.

The organisers today said each member of the first and second-placed teams will get an annual scholarship of Rs 7200. They added the meet has been granted national status by the Rowing Federation of India.

The only event in the meet is coaxed fours and the four categories are junior and senior boys and girls. The meet will be held in a league-cum-knockout basis. Thirty teams from 26 schools will fight for the honours.

Chess qualifiers

Somak Palit, Sayantan Dutta (Goodricke Academy) and Tanmoy Pattanayak and Baisakhi Das (Alekhine Chess Club) have qualified for the National B chess meet beginning in Nagpur on June 30. Sandipan Chanda, Neelotpal Das and Arghyadeep Das (all Goodricke Academy) qualify on the basis of their ratings.

Ghoshal wins

The city-based Saurav Ghoshal has recently won the under-15 and under-17 crowns in the Wilson Singapore Junior Open squash championship. He had won the Milo All Star Malaysian under-15 title in Kuala Lumpur earlier. Ramit Tandon, also from the city, won the under-11 Classic Plate — for the losing quarter finalists — in the Malaysia meet. The Calcutta Racket Club will felicitate both on Wednesday.

CCD table tennis

Pallabi Kundu (North 24 Parganas) will meet Sweta Modak (North 24 Parganas ) in the sub-junior girls’ final of the CCD table tennis meet. In today’s semi-finals at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, national cadet champion Pallabi beat Nabanita Bose (SCZ) 21-14, 21-14, 19-21, 16-21, 21-18. Sweta beat Soumi Mandal (SCZ) 21-8, 21-15, 21-17.

OTHER RESULTS: Cadet boys’ semis: Santasabuj Chakraborty (North 24 Parganas) bt Shiladitya Nag (NCZ) 17-21, 22-20, 21-12. Kuntal Basak (NCZ) bt Souvik Kar (NCZ) 21-9, 21-8.


Calcutta, June 22: 
The East Zone Cricket Academy is going to put forward some suggestions to the National Cricket Academy officials when they meet in Bangalore during the inter-zonal meet next week.

Randhir Singh, the East Zone coach to accompany the team, today said he will propose an early start to the two-month session so that the second half is not affected by monsoon. “Batting and bowling practice has been severely affected over the last few days,” Singh said.

Barun Barman, another coach, said another suggestion will be to help all state associations set up gymnasiums so that the boys are physically prepared for the activities they are required to perform at the academy.

The East Zone Academy, inaugurated on May 1, wound up today. The team leaves for Bangalore Sunday and their first match is against South on Thursday. The coaches insisted they have been able to select the best 13 despite an outbreak of chicken pox which affected four players.

According to Singh, the strength of the team is the presence of four allrounders in captain Mihir Diwakar, Rajesh Banik, Rakesh Mohanty and Vignesh Mohanty.

Help for Pulin Mitra

The CAB is likely to announce next week what kind of help it will offer to former Ranji Trophy player Pulin Mitra who is in deep financial crisis these days.

CAB joint-secretary Debdas Banerjee today said Prasun Chowdhury, chairman of its souvenir committee, has already handed over Rs 2000 to Mitra.

Banerjee added they are expecting to get a formal application from Mitra early next week. He added that a meeting will be called after that to decide what exactly the CAB can do.


Calcutta, June 22: 
Goalkeeper Hemanta Dora today signed in favour of East Bengal who also retained the services of veteran midfielder Tushar Rakshit.

Hemanta, a former international, was with Tollygunge Agragami last season.

George Telegraph, meanwhile, recruited Raju Ekka.

Bagan for benefit ties

Mohun Bagan will play two exhibition matches against FCI in aid of the ailing Pem Dorji and the family of football fan Kashem Ali who died last week.

The first match will be in Durgapur on July 1 and Raniganj will host the second on July 7.

Dorji, a former international, played for all the glamour clubs in Calcutta. He is undergoing treatment at a city nursing home.

Ali, a Mohammedan Sporting fan, died following injuries sustained when a section of the club gallery collapsed in 1998.

Gallery meeting

The IFA’s governing body will meet on June 30 to discuss chances of reconstructing sections of the wooden stands in the three enclosed grounds in the Maidan and replacing them with tubular structures.

Eastern Railway win

Eastern Railway beat West Bengal Police 3-0 in IFA Shield cluster match in Bankura. Achyut Mohan Biswas scored a brace with Shantanu Dey hitting the other. The match in Midnapore between Police AC and Kidderpore was washed out.

Total washout

All CFL matches fell through today following the afternoon downpour.    

Bangalore, June 22: 
The 1,200m Civil Service Cup, tomorrow’s main event, looks a very open affair with four runners having an equal chance of landing the spoils. However, going by the winter form of Ranjeet Shinde’s ward Sensational News, the seven-year-old gelding is fancied to win the trophy in the hands of jockey Y. Srinath. The horse, in a recent mock race, easily had the measure of his rivals, including Rio.


2.30 pm: If Looks Could Kill 1. Amazing View 2. Agnivarsh 3.
3 pm: Dusty Street 1. Royal Glare 2. Dictate 3.
3.30 pm: Spirited Effort 1. Appleby 2. Arduous 3.
4 pm: Sensational News 1. Alylady 2. Bountiful Gesture 3.
4.30 pm: Anzac 1. Allocate 2. Soul of Gold 3.
5 pm: Taipan 1. Campanero 2. Rich Crown 3.
5.30 pm: Eyes of Truth 1. Belief 2. Red Rosie 3.

Day’s Best: Spirited Effort

Double: If Looks Could Kill & Taipan

King Edward VII Stakes: Storming Home, fifth in the Epsom Derby just 13 days ago to the mighty Galileo, won the King Edward VII Stakes by a convincing one and a quarter lengths at the Royal Ascot racecourse in England Friday. Michael Hill partnered father Barry Hills’ trained colt to victory. The colt may now aim for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot next month.


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