Mohun Bagan beat Port Trust
Soumyadeep, Mouma best
Chinese GM leads strong field
IFA’s new Brazil card
Anand three short of 2800
City AC win 3-1
Calcutta Races/ Two fillies for Thursday’s Trial

Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
Mohun Bagan 2
Port Trust 0

Mohun Bagan warmed up for Saturday’s Super Division battle royale with a comfortable 2-0 win over Calcutta Port Trust at home today.

Abdulateef Seriki, relishing the role of senior striker in Jose Ramirez Barreto’s absence, was instrumental in both goals. The big Nigerian volleyed home a crisp right-footer off an R.C. Prakash feed in the 27th minute.

Two minutes from half-time, Seriki capitalised on a defensive lapse to set up Prakash with a delectable chip from the goalline. The latter had all the time in the world to head the ball past Port custodian Sandip Guha.

For Prakash, a prolific scorer for the maroon-and-green brigade last season, this was his first strike of the season.

League leaders Mohun Bagan, the only team with an all-win record so far, did well to stamp their authority on the match despite resting key duo Barreto and Basudeb Mondal. And more so against an impressive outfit which snatched a point each from East Bengal and Tollygunge Agragami.

Bungo Singh, the latest recruit from Manipur, could have scored two minutes into his Mohun Bagan debut. His sharp shot from 15 yards out was tipped over the bar by Port custodian Sandip Guha.

Prakash made a mess of a sitter in the 16th minute. Rennedy Singh — sporting a bald look along with teammates James Singh, Lolendra Singh and Bungo — essayed a long cross which Debjit Ghosh headed square for Prakash who stabbed the ball straight to the ’keeper from six yards.

Seriki, who did a lot of running to disturb the Port defenders and medios, missed three good chances soon after giving his team the lead.

He failed to control a left-footer after playing a 1-2 with Prakash on the half-hour. Two minutes later, Seriki chased Srimanta Das and stole possession only to blast his right-footer into the crosspiece. Moments later, his header from a Lolendra cross went a foot wide.

Two up at half-time, Mohun Bagan slowed the pace after changeover. They allowed some open spaces in the midfield to their rivals who played a series of passes without managing to penetrate the Mohun Bagan striking zone.

Despite their lack of sting, Port came across two openings in either session. Twenty-five minutes into the match, Sandip Ghosh sped up the right — beating Amauri by sheer speed — and crossed the ball for Sujit Dey whose header soared into space.

Seventeen minutes after half-time, there was utter confusion in the Mohun Bagan rearline as a long ball was played towards Pradip Indu. The striker did get a shot in, which Bivash Ghosh just about managed to keep out.

Those moments of indecision apart, the Mohun Bagan defence looked shaky on a couple of other occasions as well. And that is what coach Subrata Bhattacharya has to iron out before the clash with East Bengal.


MOHUN BAGAN: Bivash Ghosh, Dulal Biswas, Amauri de Silva, Hussain Mustafi, Lolendra Singh (Ajay Singh, 65), James Singh, Bungo Singh (Rishi Kapoor, 28), Debjit Ghosh (Jayanta Sen, 84), Rennedy Singh, R.C. Prakash, Abdulateef Seriki.

CALCUTTA PORT TRUST: Sandip Guha, Shib Sankar Chowdhury, Madhusudan Majumdar, Robi Karmakar, Srimanta Das, Gaurab Dutta, Kaushik Pradhan (Amit Roy, 69), Sanjit Saha, Sandip Ghosh (Bijoy Pal, 46), Pradip Indu, Sujit Dey.

Referee: Debashish Misra.


Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
Chetan Baboor’s days as king of Indian table tennis are numbered. Crown prince Soumyadeep Roy is ready to take over.

He had served notice with a 3-2 victory in the final of the Cuttack nationals earlier this year. Today, the 22-year-old Soumyadeep was even more ruthless in his demolition of Baboor in the inter-institution championships.

Taking a game to get his bearings right, the New Barrackpur boy blasted his way to glory with a 2-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 win.

This was PSCB Academy trainee Soumyadeep’s second title in two weeks. In the final of the national ranking (East) championship last Thursday, he had mastered Subhajit Saha.

In the semis this morning, Baboor beat Shubham Chowdhury 4-0 while Soumyadeep was made to toil hard by Anirban Nandy who went down 2-4. “I don’t think Chetan played to the best of his ability,” a humble Soumyadeep said later.

Mouma Das bagged the women’s crown, overcoming last week’s champion N.R. Indu 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.

In the semis, Mouma thrashed national champion Poulami Ghatak 4-0 and Indu ousted Mantu Ghosh 4-2. Mouma and Poulami clinched the women’s doubles crown. The men’s doubles title was lifted by Railways duo Ranabir and Sourav Chakraborty.

RESULTS (All finals)

Men’s singles: Soumyadeep Roy (PSCB) bt Chetan Baboor (PSCB) 2-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Women’s singles: Mouma Das (PSCB) bt N.R. Indu (PSCB) 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.

Men’s doubles: Ranabir Das & Sourav Chakraborty (Rlys) bt Deepak Thukral & Vineet Chopra (BSCB) 11-8, 16-14, 12-10.

Women’s doubles: Poulami Ghatak & Mouma (PSCB) bt Mamta Prabhu & Susmita Roy (Rlys) 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6.


Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
The presence of 30 Grandmasters and two former junior world champions make the ensuing third Asian Chess Championship for men the strongest ever tournament to be held in the city. First-round action starts at Gorky Sadan Thursday after tomorrow’s inauguration.

Among the 84-player field, the Indian contingent is the biggest one with 12 participants. There are ten each from China and The Philippines and seven from Kazakhstan.

Leading the field is Chinese GM Zhong Zhang (Elo 2667) and there are four more players rated above 2600. Zhang is rated 26th in the world. There are 25 International Masters as well of whom several are double GM norm holders like India’s D.V. Prasad, Sandipan Chanda and Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran.

Players from 18 other countries including Australia are taking part in the 11-round meet to be played in the Swiss League format which offers a whopping $64,000 in total prize money. The winner takes home $12,000 and ten players from this meet will qualify for the World Championship.

The two former world junior champions are Vietnam’s WGM Hoang Thanh Trang, who won the women’s title in Kozhikode in 1998 and Kazakhstan’s Darmen Sadvakasov who clinched the men’s crown at the same edition of the meet.

Sadvakasov, rated 2568, was the second Asian after Viswanathan Anand to annex the world junior title. Trang, a WGM rated 2445, also holds a men’s IM title and is the only woman participant in this meet.

Among Indians, players finishing among the top ten in the National A meet and National B champion Sriram Jha have been selected for this meet. The city-based Chanda has also been picked the same way. The Indian GMs in fray are Krishnan Sasikiran, Abhijit Kunte, Dibyendu Barua and Praveen Thipsay. Still, it is going to be a testing outing for them as many of the contestants appear to be stronger than them in terms of Elo ratings. Double GM norm holder G.B. Prakash is the only notable Indian absentee but then, he failed to stay among the top ten in National A and failed to do well in National B.

The meet will be played under the new time control and for the second time in India, after the World Championship in Delhi last year, digital clocks will be used.

All India Chess Federation (AICF) president P.T. Ummer Koya said they were yet to rope in a sponsor but insisted this will not turn out to be a hindrance. Doordarshan, he said, has struck a five-year deal with AICF, and will cover the meet.

Interestingly, there is one player from Pakistan – IM Mahmood Lodhi (Elo 2410). He had to appear before the city police on a regular basis when he last played in India – in the Goodricke meet here in 1997.


(Elo ratings in parentheses)

Zhong Zhang (Chn, 2667), Xu Jun (Chn, 2646), Peng Xiaomin (Chn, 2629), Evgeny Vladimirov (Kaz, 2612), Pavel Kostur (Kaz, 2600), Utut Adianto (Ina, 2598), K. Sasikiran (Ind, 2589), Murtas Kagaleyev (Kaz, 2585), Dao Thien Hai (Vie, 2572), Darmen Sadvakasov (Kaz, 2568), Wu Wenjin (Chn, 2560), Buena Villamayor (Phi, 2560), Zili Wang (Chn, 2557), Abhijit Kunte (Ind, 2547), Eugenio Torre (Phi, 2541), Rogelio Antonio (Phi, 2535), Dung Anh Nguyen (Vie, 2533), Shukhrat Safin (Uzb, 2529), Jinrong Liang (Chn, 2510), Mihail Saltaev (Uzb, 2510), Saidali Iuldachev (Uzb, 2508), Dibyendu Barua (2499), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb, 2497), Alexei Barsov (Uzb, 2495), Mohammed Al-Modiahki (Qat, 2492), Sergei Zagrebeleny (Uzb, 2466), Niaz Murshed (Ban, 2453), Praveen Thipsay (Ind, 2453), Serik Temirbaev (Kaz, 2425), Salauat Izmukhabetov (Kaz, 2352).


K. Sasikiran (2589), Abhijit Kunte (2547), P. Harikrishna (2522), Dibyendu Barua (2499), Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2464), Praveen Thipsay (2453), D.V. Prasad (2440), Sriram Jha (2399), Lanka Ravi (2389), P. Konguvel (2371), Neeraj Mishra (2293), Sandipan Chanda (2427).


Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta today told newsmen that five countries, including Brazil have agreed to participate in the Futsol five-a-side football tournament proposed to be played here in November. The other nations in fray, said Gupta, were Russia, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The meet, an indoor event, is lilkely to be staged at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, he said. It was not, however, clear how this generally cultural centre that now occasionally hosts table tennis, volleyball and basketball, will be remodelled into an internatioinal standard five-a-side soccer venue.

It was also not very clear who is going to pay for all this. The association’s governing body, which met today, was not been able to get (decide upon) any sponsor for even this high profile meet. What they decided today was sit again and keep discussing.

Despite being good news, this, there still remains this sense of deja vu, of having heard rather tall stories for too long hereabouts.


Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
Viswanathan Anand has gained three more points following an amendment to the Elo rating list released by Fide in July. It takes the Indian world champion to 2797, just three short of the magic 2800 mark.

Fide rating administrator Castro Abundo, in the city for the Asian Chess Championship beginning Thursday, told The Telegraph today the list released in July didn’t take into account Anand’s victory in the Merida meet in Mexico.

Following another correction, Israel GM Boris Gelfand has gained one point to move to 2705. It came after incorporating his performance in the Asthana Super GM meet in Kazakhstan.

The next Elo list will be released in October and Anand is likely to lose valuable points following his dismal showing in a recent meet in Dortmund where he finished last.


Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
City AC whipped CFC 3-1 in a Calcutta League first division group A match this afternoon. Sanjib Sarkar, Haradhan Kora and Hmingchung scored for City, Somnath Debnath got CFC’s consolation.

Kalighat beat Aryan by a Joydip Bose goal, while Kidderpore got past Bata courtesy a Niladri Chakraborty strike. Rajasthan and Customs played out a goalless tie.

Tuesday’s other results: 4th division relegatiopn play-off (1st leg): Star Sporting bt Albert AC 3-1; Cossipore Saraswati bt Kasba Central 4-0; Bhawanipore drew 0-0 with Rakhi Sangha.

State junior badminton

The 64th state junior badminton championships will be held at Khudiram Anusilan Kendra from Thursday through Sunday. Organised by the Badminton Players Association (West Bengal), the meet is being sponsored by IBP Co. Ltd.

The top two seeds in the junior boys’ and girls’ events will be Sudip Bhattacharjee-Gourab Das and Payel Banerjee-Amrita Mukherjee, respectively.


Sub-jr boys: 1. Rajeet Sengupta; 2. Sandipan Banerjee.

Sub-jr girls: Payel; Mukta Bindu Basu.

Mini boys: 1. Subharthi Banerjee; 2. Bhodi Priya Pal.

Mini girls: 1. Dipika Haldar; 2. Mohar Mala Mukherjee.


Calcutta, Aug. 7: 
There are only two fillies in the running for the first classic of the monsoon season the Calcutta Fillies Trial Stakes. First race starts at 1.40 pm.


1. Stolen Hours Handicap, 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 1.40 pm: Solo Act 61; Constantine 60.5; Alborada 59.5; Bird’s Empire 57.5; Beau Bruno 56.
2. Welfare Lady Handicap, 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 2.20 pm: Ballard Lady 60; Finders Keepers 59.5; Pure Passion 59; Lovely Duchess 56.5; Abandoned 56; Fencai 54; Sunset Down 54.
3. Star Flame Cup, 1,000m (Cl II; Rt 66-94) 2.50 pm: Tsavo 61; Cup Of Life 53.5; Mystic Hill 53; Staffordshire 52; Giorgio 50.5.
4. Clacutta Fillies Trial Stakes, 1,400m (Terms, filles, 3-y-o only) 3.20 pm: Andrada 54.5; Ascoril 51.
5. Aztec Cup, 1,100m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.55 pm: Carbon Copy 60; Winning Hand 60; Ispahan 59.5; Endless Surprise 58.5; Peace Envoy 56.5; Addab 55.5; Scarlet Raider 55; Spanish Drum’s 55; Starina 55; Classic Pursuit 53.5; High Life 50.
6. Magyar Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, 5-y-o and upwards; Rt 00-28) 4.30 pm: Flying Power 60.5; Aliqa 57; Armila 57; Amistad 56; Googy Gangster 55; Heaven’s Blessing 53.5; Consul’s Secret 52; Piece of Cake 50.5.
Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.
Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 3; 5 & 6.

Track trials

Outer sand track

1,600m: Melodeon (C. Alford) in 2-1s; (400m) 30s. Easy.
1,400m: Anolini (Surender) and Annatto (C. Alford) in 1-40s; (400m) 30s. Former 6 ls better. Freedom Warrior (Surender) and Victory Waltz (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 30s. Former 4 ls better.
1,000m: Actress (Surender) and Affliction (C. Alford) in 1-13s; (400m) 29s. Former 4 ls better. Master Bold (C.Alford) in 1-16s; (400m) 28s. Fit.
800m: Googy Gangster (Upadhya) in 1-3s; (400m) 30s. Ispahan (F. Khan) in 59s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Andrada (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Good. Allosaki (A. P. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 30. One The Bit (F. Khan) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Moved well. Staffordshire (Upadhya) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Ascoril (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Cup of Life (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Starry Flag (Rabani) and a companion (Islam) in 59s; (400m) 30s. They were level.
600m: Carbon Copy (Bird) and Addab (Rutherford) in 42s; (400m) 26s. They were level.

Sand track

800m: As A Rule (Som S.) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Reactor (Haroon) and Eau Savage (G. Singh) in 55s; (400m) 26s. They were level. Scarlet Raider (Connorton) and Santillana (B. Gurang) in 53s; (400m) 25s. They were level. Lovely Duchess (P. Aford) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. Harry The Horse (F. Khan) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Sadaf (Kujur) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Bird’s Em-pire (Yasin) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Mioved well. Peace Envoy (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Endless Surprise (Kujur) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Easy.
600m: Starina (Rutherford) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Handy. Almond Rock (Connorton) in 41s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Armila (Engineer) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Mr Bombshell (Connorton) and Alborada (B. Gurang) in 43s; (400m) 25s. Former was a length better. Pure Passion (Rutherford) in 39s; (400m) 24s. Moved easy. High Life (Som S.) in 49s; (400m) 30s.

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