India not to show all cards
Abinash clinches Bhubaneswar leg
In The City
Mysore Racing/Kass may cash in on forward form
Calcutta Racing/ RCTC instals automatic timer
Calcutta Racing/ The Archer, Alcalde shine

Calcutta, July 9: 
India will not exert themselves or show all their cards in their Asian under-20 tournament-opener against Bhutan at Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday.

Talking to The Telegraph, India coach Islam Akhmedov said there is no point in thrashing Bhutan in the first match and then losing the later ones. “We do not want to show all our cards in the first match,” the coach said.

Akhmedov thought the Kyrgyzstan game will be most important. “They have a strong team and their boys are well-built. We will have our task cut out.”

The coach expressed full confidence in his boys who he said were keen to give their best. “The spirit among the boys is very high, and there is no injury problem.” Akmedov also informed that Ashim Biswas, who had left camp on Monday, has returned.

Bhutan did not sound too confident about their opening match. “India are undoubtedly a very powerful team and we do not really stand a chance,” Bhutan’s Dutch coach Arie Schans said.

According to Schans, apart from three players who featured in their match against Montserrat, all the others are newcomers. “All my boys are from Thimpu and they have absolutely no international experience,” Schans said.

The Dutchman added that his team would play in a 4-4-2 format because that is the only one his wards knew. “I have been around for just a couple of months, and any experiment would have left them confused,” he said.

Schans felt playing under lights might help them. “The heat will be less and that may work in favour of us.

On the eve of the meet-opener, humidity had the Tajikistan and the Kyrgyzstan teams wary.

Weather concern

The Kyrgyz coach Chmyr Vasily went to the extent of saying that the weather would be the 12th man against them. “We are really concerned about the conditions,” he said. Vasily conceded there were no star players in his team. “The lack of star players is both a positive and negative aspect of our team.

“Though there is no one in the team who can really lead from the front, the lack of stars adds to the team-spirit. We give more insistence to team-work than individual brilliance.”

Vasily also admitted not having too much idea either about Tajikistan or India. Kyrgyzstan have played the Tajiks only once in the senior level, losing 2-3. “Our under-19 team played against India once at Bangalore four years back and lost. That is all we know about the Indian team.” He maintained that India will definitely be their strongest opponents in the tournament.

In a sad reflection of the state of the former Soviet republic, Vasily said Kyrgyzstan would not be able to take part in the forthcoming Asian Games. “Due to the economic bankruptcy, we will not be able to send a team to the Asian Games.

“Though we have a number of players playing in the Russian League, German league, but this will be a big loss for them.”

The Tajikistan coach Gufarov Salokhidin, on the other hand, feels that their Central Asian neighbours will be their most difficult opponents.


Bhubaneswar, July 9: 
Top seed and city boy Abinash Das of DAV Public School Unit-8 emerged champion in the first leg of the The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at the Sahidnagar gymnasium-cum-indoor hall on Tuesday.

The tournament, co-sponsored by Horlicks, was organised by the Orissa State Chess Association in co-operation with the Alekhine Chess Club, Calcutta.

After today’s ninth and final round, Das drew with Aurobinda Khuntia of Puri’s Santoshi English Medium School to finish with eight points and the title.

Swayams Mishra of Stewart School, Cuttack beat Pratik Barik to finish second with 7.5 points. Though Khuntia also finished on 7.5, he had to be content with third spot on a lesser progressive score.

Abhisikta Patnaik of Acharya Harihar Vidyapeetha finished fourth followed by N Taraka Rama Rao of NDRC High School, Retang (Khurda). Both players finished on 7.5 but their respective progressive scores made the difference.

These five players now travel to Calcutta for the finals. Later, Indian Test opener Shiv Sunder Das, the chief guest, gave away the prizes at the packed Suchana Bhawan. The cricketer, while thanking The Telegraph for its support, stressed on the need for corporate sponsorship to develop budding talent in different sports.

The Orissa State Chess Association president S Srinivasan, in his address, felicitated S Satyapragyan for achieving IM status.

Star of the evening, however, was Suman Rath, a visually-impaired student of Ruchika High School, who received a special award for his efforts at overcoming his disability. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhubaneswar received the prize for the Best School.


July 9: 

MI win big

Mukesh Razdia’s brace helped Muslim Institute beat Victoria SC 5-1 in a group B match of the first division league Tuesday. P. Singh, Sheikh Abdul and Swpan Sarkar scored the other goals with Ashish Halder getting the reducer. Barisha AC beat Sporting Union 1-0, while Garalgacha SC downed Anushilani by the same margin. Taltala DS and Aryans played a 0-0 draw.

Eden inspection

N.S. Virk, one of the five regional security managers appointed by the ICC, visited Eden Gardens and held meetings with CAB officials Tuesday. The official inspected the stadium, dressing rooms and other areas inside the stadium complex.


SOCCER: Asian under-20 qualifiers: Kyrgyzstan vs Tajikistan (4 pm); India vs Bhutan (6 pm). Matches at Salt Lake Stadium.

SOCCER: Calcutta League, Super Division: Ever Ready vs Eastern Railway (Mohun Bagan), Bhratri Sangha vs Calcutta Port Trust (East Bengal). 1st division group A: Howrah Union vs City AC (Howrah Stadium); Sonali Shibir vs BNR (Md. Sporting). Matches from 3:30 pm.


Mysore, July 9: 
Kass, a surprise winner last time out, maintains his excellent forward form, therefore, is tipped to make it an encore as he takes on his nine rivals in the 1,400m Hyderabad Race Club Gold Trophy on Wednesday here.

On current form, the Tecorno-Cool Tempo gelding, hailing from V. Chawla’s yard with his partner Sharat Kumar, stands out way above his rivals. Crystal Moment who has the class but no form to show, and Tresorie on his trials, look best to make it an issue. But a speedy customer he is, it may be kass to the fore again.


2.45 pm: Plain Truth 1. Niveditha 2. Grand Cordon 3.

3.15 pm: Buffalo Park 1. Ace Beret 2. Greek Lady 3.

3.45 pm: Sweeping Statement 1. Emmenbrucke 2. Sirrgaa 3.

4.15 pm: Kass 1. Crystal Moment 2. Tresorie 3.

4.45 pm: Jersey Lightning 1. Fereneze 2. Cyclades 3.

5.15 pm: Apricot 1. Storming Thru 2. Lali 3.

Day’s Best: Buffalo Park

Double: Jersey Lightning & Apricot


Calcutta, July 9: 
An automatic timing device has been installed at the race-track by the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), informed a race club source on Tuesday. The new timing device may become operational during the forthcoming monsoon season. Presently, an RCTC team of experts records all timings manually.

“Timings recorded through the new device will be accurate, but fractionally over, compared to that taken manually,” said the source. The timer gets into operation the moment starting stalls flick open and the circuit is broken to stop the clock when the first horse touches the invisible infra ray curtain at the winning post. However, RCTC would continue to record timing manually as a back up support.

Alcohol test for jockeys

Calcutta: In order to check the consumption of alcohol and as a part of safety measure for jockeys, the Turf Authorities of India is considering to start breath analysing tests on riders before the races. Tests are likely to be conducted at random as jockeys weigh-in before races. There may be a provision for graded punishment that will be severe for those found guilty.    

Calcutta, July 9: 
The Archer, Alcalde, Rescue Act and Mahika’s Pet were impressive during the workouts on Tuesday morning.

Outer sand track

1,000m: Alcalde (Rabani) and Alamito (Islam) in 1-16s; (400m) 31s. Former 4 ls better. Both moved attractively. Musician (Islam) and Pehlvan (Rabani) 1-19s; (400m) 30s. They were level. Both were easy. Rescue Act (Islam) and Acute (Rabani) in 1-21s; (400m) 31s. Former was 2 ls better and was handy.

800m: Illustrious Reign (Dalpat) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Prince of Fashion (Rutherford) and Declarationoflove (Tamang) in 57s; (400m) 27s. They were level. Both stretched out well. Lockers Park (Rabani) in 1-2s; (400m) 31s. Unextended. Assertive Dancer (Asghar) and Star Selection (Yasin) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. They were level and were easy.

The Archer (F. Khan) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Moved attractively and fit to strike.

600m: Social Girl (Asghar) and Star of Ring (Yasin) in 44s; (400m) 27s; They finished level and were easy.

Sand track

800m: Crown Prince (Upadhya) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s.

600m: Mahika’s Pet (Rutherford) and Darth Vader (Tamang) in 40s; (400m) 25s. Former was 2 ls better and moved well. Silver Patriarch (R. Ahmed) in 44s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Dancing Dreams (Tamang) in 47s; (400m) 28s. On The Bit (F. Khan) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

400m: Asprey (Upadhya) 28s.

On Sunday, sand track

1,200m: Star Selection (Yasin) and Assertive Dancer (Asghar) in 1-27s; (400m) 26s. Former was far superior. Note former.

800m: Beneficent (Asghar) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Good.


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