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Marat castles Anton

Calcutta: Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan continued his fine run in the Open International Chess Tournament on Thursday, beating second seed Anton Korobov of Ukraine. The 17th seed, thus, maintained his sole lead with four points. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine shared the second position with 3.5 points each. Top seed Radoslaw Wojtaszek drew with MR Venkatesh to move to three points.

Pranjala wins

Mumbai: Pranjala Yadlapalli caused a major upset, defeating third-seeded Snehadevi S Reddy, in an all-India girls singles quarter final match of the CCI-ITF Juniors (under 18) tennis championship at the CCCI courts, here, on Thursday. Top seed Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy also entered the semi-finals.

6 implicated

Lausanne: Six top Olympic officials from four countries have been implicated in the supplying of black market tickets for the London Games, the IOC said.

Snooker meet

Calcutta: Manish Jain defeated Rajesh Kedia 74-36, 63-7, 61-25 in a snooker match of the BRC State Billiards and Snooker Championship on Thursday.
Other results: Bharat Bachawat bt Chirag Kakkar 67-32, 58-36, 40-50, 61-45; Debayan Laha bt Gurbachan Singh 57-60, 70-29, 61-39, 57-43; Shyam Jagtiani bt Vikrant Gupta 65-34, 9-59, 52-50, 85-17, Saeed Ali bt M. Somani 49-16, 79-14, 56-40, Abdul Miraz bt Rohit Malhotra 51-49, 35-66, 48-16, 63-59

Aditi best

Calcutta: Aditi Ashok won the final junior title of the year with a three-day total of 236 in combined age category (girls) of the Toyota IGU finals at the Royal, here, on Thursday. In combined age category (boys), local favourite Viraj Madappa managed to stay in the lead, despite hitting three-over-75, as he carded a total of 216.

Raina view

New Delhi: Suresh Raina on Thursday urged the BCCI to play a more proactive role in promoting Test cricket, which rarely attracts crowd these days. He said the administrators will have to find out innovative ways to make Test cricket more spectator-friendly and exciting.

Staff Reporter & agencies