East Bengal humiliate Tollygunge
Achilefu brace in 3-1 triumph
Maiden title for Somak
Champion’s date with school kids
Injured players out of danger
In the dark, under lights
Akbar Ali Mir wins four golds
Chandok in lead

 
 
EAST BENGAL HUMILIATE TOLLYGUNGE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 24: 
EAST BENGAL 4
TOLLYGUNGE 1

East Bengal buried Tollygunge Agragami 4-1 in the IFA Shield opener this afternoon to promise a new beginning in a hitherto gloomy season.

The National League champions toyed with Tollygunge for the first half hour to go two up and added two more in the leisurely second session to humiliate Amal Dutta’s men in the group A encounter.

Prolific Nigerian Omolaja Olalekan, currently joint top-scorer in the Super Division championship, put Tollygunge in the red within a minute of the first whistle. Jo Paul Ancheri made it 2-0 before an Akim header reduced the margin. Isiaka Awoyemi and substitute Chandan Das joined in the party to inflict the biggest defeat on Tollygunge this season.

Enjoying a full-strength side for the first time this season and fielding four foreigners as per tournament rules, East Bengal dazzled from the word go. Tushar Rakshit, Dipankar Roy, Omolaja and Ancheri ran rings round the Tollygunge citadel with a series of pleasing passes. With right-back Suley Musah joining his teammates upfront often and Isiaka playing the spoiler’s role to perfection, the 25,000-odd audience had lots to cheer about.

Of course, the early goal helped the red-and-gold brigade establish ascendancy in next to no time. A Tollygunge sortie straight from the kick-off saw Sangram Mukherjee rushing out to keep Akim at bay. The tall goalkeeper hurled the ball to Anit Ghosh who split the Tollygunge defence with a down-the-middle through ball. Omolaja was off in a flash, bursting through Partha Sarathi Dey and Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, and pushing the ball past an onrushing Sandip Nandy with great accuracy.

The next 15 minutes saw Tushar, Dipankar, Omolaja and Isiaka create four openings without any being converted. Then came the second goal with the game 20 minutes old. It was a real beauty.

As Tushar essayed a trademark forward pass, Dipankar sold a dummy to a couple of defenders for Ancheri to receive and unleash a left-footer from just outside the box. The turf-hugging shot was perfectly placed at the first post as the ‘keeper stood transfixed, least expecting an Ancheri salvo from that position.

Seeing East Bengal lord it over his team in midfield, the Tollygunge coach effected a tactical change. He withdrew playmaker Khemtang Paite and introduced tough Nigerian Adeola Adeyeri on the half-hour. It seemed to work, at least temporarily. Within a span of four minutes, Tollygunge came across three openings and converted one.

Sashthi Duley, the livewire in the Tollygunge ranks, floated one into the goalmouth for Akim to outjump Jackson and nod the ball home. Duley troubled the East Bengal defence a couple of more times but Akim was slow to react.

Crossing over with a one-goal deficit, Tollygunge were still in the game as their opponents had lost their initial sting. But a third East Bengal goal, four minutes into the second half, killed Tollygunge spirits.

Isiaka latched on to a Dipankar pass and sprinted up field, leaving Biswanath Mondal in his wake. The Nigerian, playing after a long lay-off, went a trifle wide but still managed to beat Nandy with an angular shot.

Their two-goal lead restored, East Bengal slowed down considerably. Dipendu Biswas, back from the national camp, was brought on and could have scored within moments of his arrival had he connected an Omolaja cross with his left foot.

Chandan Das, another substitute, couldn’t be denied though. He put finishing touches to a Dipendu pass on the stroke of full-time to complete a satisfying day for East Bengal.

TEAMS

EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee, Suley Musah, Jackson Egygpong, Dipak Mondal, Falguni Dutta, Isiaka Awoyemi, Tushar Rakshit (Chandan Das, 64), Anit Ghosh, Dipankar Roy (Amit Das, 80), Omolaja Olalekan, Jo Paul Ancheri (Dipendu Biswas, 55).

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Sandip Nandy, Biswanath Mondal, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Partha Sarathi Dey, Amitava Chanda, Sashthi Duley, Sandip Das, Mehtab Hossain (Prahlad Rawat, 72), Khemtang Paite (Adeola Adeyeri, 32), Moses Owira, Akim (Nazimul Haque, 46).

Referee: P. Bhaskar.

   

 
 
ACHILEFU BRACE IN 3-1 TRIUMPH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 24: 
Muktijoddha rode their foreigners’ firepower to a 3-1 win over Nam Dinh FC in their IFA Shield group C clash at the Salt Lake Stadium this evening.

Nigerian Emeka Achilefu, a Tollygunge Agragami-reject, struck twice and Uzbek Nazrat Yarkin chipped in with a header to subdue a spirited challenge from the Vietnamese. Nguyen Luong Phuc replied for Nam Dinh after Nguyeng Trung Kien had missed a penalty.

It was Nam Dinh who called the early shots, making an impression with their crisp passing and midfield build-ups. Tran Nam Long orchestrated most of their attacking forays with Tran Huy Trung always eager to help.

Eight minutes into the match, Nam Dinh earned a penalty as Luong Phuc was tripped inside the striking zone by Mamun. Trung Kien’s kick neither had the power nor direction to beat Muktijoddha goalkeeper Bijon Barua.

The Bangladeshi side had another anxious moment when a Nam Long chip found Trung Kien 10 yards from the goal. ‘Keeper Barua, who left charge in time, did a good job of denying the Vietnam striker a clear look at goal.

Muktijoddha, who finished a disappointing fourth in the Bangladesh league, took about 20 minutes to get into the game. Asraful Farad, a bundle of creative energy, set up Achilefu with a pinpoint centre from right but the Nigerian’s header flew straight to Nam Dinh keeper Tran Quoc Traung.

The next chance that came Achilefu’s way was gleefully accepted. Tushar’s defence-piercing through was nicely shielded from the stoppers and banged home past a helpless keeper.

Four minutes from half-time, Achilefu could have doubled Muktijoddha’s lead had he not lost control within hand-shaking distance from the custodian.

Nam Dinh, who were getting increasingly frustrated by Nigerian Abdullah’s rugged defence and Mamun’s smooth tackles, drew level five minutes into the final session. Mamun was beaten, for a change, by Luong Phuc who bulged the netting with a crisp left-footer.

Muktijoddha pushed more men upfront to test the fragile Nam Dinh defence which gave way in the 57th minute. Both Achilefu and Yarkin rose at the far post to meet Rakib Hossain’s free-kick, and it was the latter who got the vital deflection to push Nam Dinh in arrears again.

With the game into stoppage time, Achilefu scored an opportunistic goal off a ricochet from a defender to cap a successful day for Muktojoddha.

   

 
 
MAIDEN TITLE FOR SOMAK 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONEDNT
 
Calcutta, Sept. 24: 
Second seed Somak Palit of Mitra Institution (Bhowanipur) emerged champion in the 14th The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan today.

Somak and two-time defending champion Saptarshi Roy of Kumar Ashutosh Institution (Main) both finished with 9.5 points, but the former pipped the top seed to the title on better progressive score.

In a battle of nerves in the 11th and final round, the trio of Abhishek Das (Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur), Saptarshi and Somak started on 8.5 points each.

The Jamshedpur boy was better placed on progressive score and a win against Debayan Majumdar of St James would have been enough for him. However, he failed to clear the final hurdle and lost with white pieces in a French Defence.

The class X student was in tears after the game as he squandered a chance to draw with Debayan trying desperately for a win.

Debayan finished third with nine points. It was a good outing for Debayan who played positively throughout and upset a number of seeded players.

Abhishek had to be content with the fourth spot on 8.5 points. Tanmoy Pattanayak of Mitra Institution (Main) and Mary Ann Gomes of Loreto Day School took the fifth and sixth spots.

Somak, playing against Supriya Maji of BAPLSB Vidyapith with white pieces, scored a comfortable victory in a Centre Counter Defence. Supriya sacrificed a pawn in the opening but could not compensate. Somak won two more pawns in the end-game after which Supriya resigned.

Top seed Saptarshi was fortunate to survive an inferior position against Joydeep Dutta of Kumar Ashutosh Institution (Branch) in an Irregular Opening. Joydeep had a clear advantage from the opening but blundered a rook under time pressure and lost.

The find of the meet was Sudip Rajbanshi of Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless, who ended the tournament on 6.5 points.

The players observed a minute’s silence before the start of play in memory of the five chess players killed in yesterday’s car accident near Puri.

RESULTS

FINAL ROUND: Joydeep Dutta (8) lost to Saptarshi Roy (9.5); Somak Palit (9.5) bt Supriya Maji (8); Abhishek Das (8.5) lost to Debayan Majumdar (9); Swagatam Sengupta (7.5) lost to Tanmoy Pattanayak (8.5); Mary Ann Gomes (8.5) bt Suman Basu (7.5); Ayan Lahiri (8) bt Sourav Bose (7.5); Samput Mallick (7.5) drew Najir Arifin (7.5); Priya Ratnam (7) lost to Soumya Thakurta (8); Chiranjit Saha (7) lost to Nishikant Mishra (8); Abhijit Kar (7) lost to Debaditta S. Biswas (8); Sankar Majumder (7.5) drew Ritam K. (7.5); Minhazuddin A. Sagar (7.5) drew Anirudha Menon (7.5); Souparna Ghosh (7.5) drew Saurav Chakraborti (7.5); Amritesh Ray (7) lost to Rohan Vijay Shandilya (7.5); Bharat B. Mohanty (7) drew Pritam Banerjee (7); Sayan Sarkar (7.5) bt Souvik Chakraborty (6.5); Subhabrata Das (6.5) lost to N. Sashank Singh (7.5); Tathagata Banerjee (6.5) lost to Arpan Sarkar (Sr) (7.5); Sudip Rajbanshi (6.5) lost to Abinash Das (7.5); Suddhasattwa Das (7.5) lost to Sriya Bhattacharya (6.5); Varun Jain (7) drew Sandipan Chatterjee (7); Abhishikta Pattanaik (7) bt Chandra S. Mishra (6); Sayantan Roy (6.5) drew Prabuddha Ghosh (6.5); Saurya Dasgupta (6.5) drew Sk Shahid Ahmed (6.5); Dipayan Ghosh (6.5) drew Nandan Buragohain (6.5); Arnab Chowdhury (7) bt Vikash Kumar Tewari (6); Jibanand Singh (7) bt Sharmin S. Shirin (6); Suman Mallick (7) bt Priyanka Das (6); Saurav Sett (6.5) drew K. Chakraborty (6.5); Syed Wasim Akram (6) lost to Sanjoy Banerjee (7).

FINAL STANDINGS

1st: Somak Palit (Mitra Institution, Bhowanipur; 9.5 points). 2nd: Saptarshi Roy (Kumar Ashutosh Institution, Main; 9.5). 3rd: Debayan Majumdar (St James, 9); 4th: Abhishek Das (Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur; 8.5). 5th: Tanmoy Pattanayak (Mitra Institution, Sealdah; 8.5). 6th: Mary Ann Gomes (Loreto Day, Sealdah; 8.5). 7th: Joydeep Dutta (Kumar Ashutosh Institution, Dum Dum; 8); 8th: Supriya Maji (BAPLSB Vidyapith, 8); 9th: Nishikant Mishra (BJEM School, Bhubaneswar; 8). 10th: Ayan Lahiri (Laban Hrad Vidyapith, 8). 11th: Soumya Thakurata (St James, 8). 12th: Debaditya Sinha Biswas (Salt Lake Point, 8); 13th: Samput Mallick (Holy Home, Hooghly; 7.5). 14th: Suman Basu (Madhyamgram HS, 7.5). 15th: Sourav Bose (Julien Day, 7.5). 16th: Ritam Bhaumik (Modern English Academy, Barrackpore; 7.5). 17th: Sankar Majumdar (APC Vidyaytan, Madhyamgram; 7.5). 18th: Swagatam Sengupta (Jodhpur Park Boys’ School, 7.5). 19th: Rohan Vijay Shandilya (DBMS Career Academy, Jamshedpur; 7.5); 20th: N. Sashank Singh (Nichols High School, Assam; 7.5).    

 
 
CHAMPION’S DATE WITH SCHOOL KIDS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept.24: 
Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, the reigning world champion, arrived in the city late this evening on a 22-hour visit.

Anand, accompanied by wife Aruna, flew in from Hyderabad. Their next stop is Chennai.

Incidentally, this is Anand’s second visit to the city after bagging the most coveted crown in Teheran last December. His first trip was in February.

Predictably, Anand, NIIT’s Brand Ambassador, has a hectic schedule tomorrow.

The world champion’s assignment No.1 is inaugurating a state-of-the-art NIIT centre on Park Street.

Then, in the afternoon, Anand will be guest of honour at NIIT’s Bhavishya Jyoti Scholarship function, at St Xavier’s College.

The world champion’s last engagement — and the only one specific to his chosen sport — will be at Gorky Sadan, as chief guest at The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship prize distribution.

Among others, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Ravi Shastri, Jawagal Srinath and Bhaichung Bhutia have, in the past, graced the prize distribution.

   

 
 
INJURED PLAYERS OUT OF DANGER 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Bhubaneswar, Sept. 24: 
The four injured chess players from Andhra Pradesh, who were admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack yesterday evening, are out of danger.

The four players, who were heading towards Puri to take part in a Fide-rated meet, met with an accident in Sakshigopal, 40km from here, when their Tata Sumo collided with a passenger bus.

Five players died on the spot. The victims included Asian under-10 girls’ champion D. Minoo and former Asian under-10 boys’ champion Abhinav Mekhala.

Hospital sources said injured coach Pandhari Girinath and his wife were also out of danger. The couple was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with multiple fractures. Shiva Chaitanya and his sister, P.K. Shivani, have also been declared out of danger. Shivani, suspected to have suffered serious head injuries, was responding to treatment, doctors said.

The state government has promised all medical assistance for the injured players. State health minister Debi Mishra today visited the injured at the hospital.

The other two injured players — M. Manogna and Abhiram —today left for Hyderabad after being discharged. Meanwhile, Spassky Chess Club, the organisers, today announced they will host a tournament in the memory of the victims from next year.

   

 
 
IN THE DARK, UNDER LIGHTS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 24: 
The Nam Dinh FC versus Muktijoddha match at the Salt Lake Stadium this evening was a journalists’ nightmare.

Confusion reigned supreme from the moment the team list was distributed to newsmen. For starters, 12 each were marked playing for both sides.

Horror of horrors, players listed as reserves were on the field and those on the pitch were shown as benchers.

To compound matters, Nam Dinh’s colours made it next to impossible to identify the players. The numbers in white were a poor contrast to the lemon yellow jerseys.

And there was none to help as Nam Dinh, on their first trip out of Vietnam, are a totally unknown lot.

Palmeiras debut today

If Day I produced goals aplenty (nine in two matches), the morrow should have more excitement in store for city soccer buffs. Palmeiras, the chief attraction of this year’s tournament, make their maiden appearance when they clash with Tata Football Academy (TFA) at Salt Lake Stadium.

Even though the crack Brazilian side has brought its second string, there seems to be enough skill in their ranks to mesmerise this soccer-loving city — if their workouts over the past three days is any indicator.

This afternoon, Palmeiras practised at Howrah Stadium and then dropped in at the Salt Lake Stadium to watch parts of both matches.

In tomorrow’s other match, Mohun Bagan host Ever-Ready in a group B tie.

Tolly request accepted

The IFA has accepted Tollygunge Agragami’s request of changing the venue of their match on Wednesday. Scheduled to meet Mohammedan Sporting at Kishore Bharati Stadium, Tollygunge wanted to play anywhere but there.

As per the new schedule, the Tollygunge-Mohammedan Sporting match will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium, while the Nam Dinh-India Under-19 tie shifts to Kishore Bharati Stadium.

   

 
 
AKBAR ALI MIR WINS FOUR GOLDS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 24: 
Akbar Ali Mir of Eastern Railway won four golds and was adjudged the best individual swimmer in the recently-held all-India aquatic championships. He also created two new marks in the meet, held in Vishakhapatnam from September 9 to 12.

Eastern Railway’s Sudip Chatterjee also won two golds with a meet record. Helped by their performances, Eastern Railway lifted the championship for a third consecutive year, beating Southern Railways by 59 points.

In waterpolo, Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway were declared joint winners after they were locked at six goals each in the final. National record holder Tarak Nath Hait of Eastern Railway won a silver in the spring board diving.

WBKA felicitation

Arjun Awardees Bholanath Guin, Monika Nath, Rama Sarkar and Biswajit Palit will be among a host of national and international players — former and current — to be felicitated by West Bengal Kabaddi Association on Friday.

Meanwhile, about seventy kabaddi players donated blood at a camp at the WBKA tent yesterday. The camp was held as part of the association’s golden jubilee year celebrations.

   

 
 
CHANDOK IN LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 24: 
Sandeep Chandok with an average of 177 points, was leading the professional category after Day V of the ColorPlus national bowling championships qualifiers today. Chandok was followed by Sandeep Dhanuka (176.33) and Anurag Mohta (158.5).

In the corporate team category, Nilpidri Gupta and Shyamlal Pyne from Nicco Parks were leading with an average of 183.0 each, followed by Ranjan Chakrabarty and Rajesh Pathak also from Nicco Parks with an average of 177.5.

The 40-day long meet is being held simultaneously in 15 other cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Amritsar.

   
 

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