Saptarshi, Bhuiyan on top
Bagan get past FCI
Indians hold West Bromwich
Bagan, Tolly confirm
The Oval tie to be telecast live
Cristopher boots home 5 winners
Gold Dust may sprint to victory

Calcutta, July 26: 
Saptarshi Roy of Dum Dum Kishore Bharati and Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan of Bangladesh emerged joint leaders after the seventh round of the Fide-rated The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan today. They are followed by a bunch on six points.

Fireworks were expected to fly on the top-board where Saptarshi Roy and Sayantan Dutta met. Both are known to be fierce fighters, but the game ended rather tamely, after Sayantan misjudged the middlegame position and ended up three pawns down in a rook-and-pawn endgame. Sayantan could only watch as Saptarshi�s pawns raced to the queening square.

Bhuiyan on the other hand had to struggle against the Indian national under-12 boys� champion Deep Sengupta of S-E Railway English Medium HS, Chakradharpur, in a protracted battle which lasted 57 moves. Former national under-10 boys� champion Rahul Sangma of Bihar overcame the challenge of Deep�s schoolmate Pratik Sengupta in the exchange variation of the French defence. In a game which was level for most part, Rahul won after a long rook-and-pawn endgame.

Yashpal Singh Sonwani of Bhilai outplayed Rajib Dhar of Guwahati in 54 moves in the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defence.

Unrated Nilabh Upadhyay of Sun Rise School, Howrah beat Sayan Sarkar of Vivekananda Instituion in 47 moves in the closed variation of the Sicilian defence.

Jamshedpur-leg champion Rohan Vijay Shandilya got the better of Santu Mandal of BMGM HS in 37 moves in a Vienna opening.

Tanmoy Pattanayak who is in sight of Fide rating in this meet, drew against the Bangladesh junior No. 2 Syed Ejaz Husain in a mere 19 moves.

Somak Palit of Mitra Institution won with ease against the former Asian under-10 girls� champion Mary Ann Gomes of Loreto Day School, Sealdah, in a closed French set-up. Paramita Ghosh of Salkia KBR Girls� HS drew her game against Swagatam Sengupta of Jodhpur Park Boys� School in the Guico Piano opening.


Sayantan Dutta (5.5) lost to Saptarshi Roy (6.5); Gulam Mustafa Bhuiyan (6.5) btDeep Sengupta (5); Rahul Sangma (6) bt Pratik Sengupta (5); Rajib Dhar (5) lost to Yashpal Singh Sonwani (6); Mary Ann Gomes (5) lost to Somak Palit (6); Sashank Singh (5.5) drew with Ayan Lahiri (5.5); Nilabh Upadhyay (6) bt Sayan Sarkar (5); Rohan Vijay Shandilya (5.5) bt Santu Mandal (4.5); Syed Ejaz Husain (5) drew with Tanmoy Pattanayak (5); Yamben Dhanbir Singh (5.5) beat Dhruba Manna (4.5); Swagatam Sengupta (5) drew with Paramita Ghosh (5); Syed Rownak Ehsan (5) drew with Debadittya Sinha Biswas (5); Joydeep Dutta (5.5) bt Arin Kr Biswas (4.5); Akash Kusum (4) lost toPuneet Jaiswal (5); Samput Mallick (5) bt C R G Krishna (4); Arijit Ghosh (4) lost to Gurumayum Inao Sharma (5); Samantak Bhadra (4) lost to Suman Basu (5); Anirudha Menon (4.5) drew with Nazir Saleheen (4.5); Sourab Das (4.5) drew with Arindan Das (4.5); Souparna Ghosh (4) Gaurabjyoti Baidya (5); Sourav Bose (5) bt Abhijit Kar (4); Sumit Shaw (4) Mufidul Islam Khan (5); Kaushik Ranjan Bose (4) lost to Moirangthem Shanta (5); Abhinaba Ghosh (5) bt Subhabrata Das (4); Debayan Majumdar (5) bt Anupam Chibber (4).    

Calcutta, July 26: 



With the Derby awaiting them on Saturday, Mohun Bagan roped in three full points today against FCI, but the concerns with defence remained.

It was Jose Ramirez Barreto who drew first blood, then James Singh converted a penalty for the home team, who are unbeaten in the Super Division.

The glamour outfit kept their supporters waiting till the dying minutes of the first half. In the 41st minute, a corner by James was chested down by Debjit Ghosh who pushed it to Barreto. The alert Brazilian wasted no time to fire in.

The second goal came in the 58th minute. James� freekick from the right was handled by FCI defender Subhasish Roychowdhury and referee Kalidas Mukherjee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Mohun Bagan could have won by a larger margin had they, especially Barreto and Santos, utilised the chances that came their way, but what was most apparent was the apalling gaps left by their defence.

About six minutes into the second half, Saikat Mondal of FCI was given a free run and he passed to Amar Pyne. Pyne found the unmarked Supratik Aind whose header failed to find the mark.

And FCI�s best chance came in the 76th minute when a powerful shot from Pyne hit the post.

And for the home team, the best chance that went abegging came in the dying moments of the first half. Santos ran down the right flank, almost to the goalline, dodged a defender and sent a quick backpass to James who fired a grounder which went straight to the goalkeeper Arindam Ghosh.

Mohun Bagan did dominate the exchanges, with Barreto, Santos and James creating a number of opportunities. The first came in the 26th minute, when R.C. Prakash found Santos inside the box. But the Brazilian�s volley was stopped by Ghosh.

Minutes later, Santos ran down the left flank and crossed to Barreto whose shot was also saved well by the custodian. With the minutes ticking away, the hosts got yet another chance when an overlapping Sumit Sengupta initiated a move. His measured pass found Santos who pushed to Barreto. But Barreto�s header went out.


MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghoshdastidar, Amitava Chanda, M. Suresh, Debjit Ghosh, Sumit Sengupta, Dulal Biswas (Naushad Pari, 81), Arjan Ali (R.C. Prakash, 18), Satyajit Chatterjee (Jayanta Sen, 36), James Singh, Jose Ramirez Barreto, Joao Santos.

FCI: Arindam Ghosh, Babun Kar, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Rabi Shankar Guha, Sanjib Dutta Bhowmick, Sujay Dutta (Supratik Aind, 46), Brajadulal Jana, Mehtab Hussain, Saikat Mondal, Mukesh Kumar (Dipankar Bhattacharya, 34), Amar Pyne (Palash Bose, 88).

Referee: Kalidas Mukherjee    

Calcutta, July 26: 
The Indian national team held English first division side West Bromwich Albion to a goalless draw at The Hawthorns today, according to information reaching here.

It was a far better display by the visitors, who had gone down 0-2 to Fulham on Saturday.

After a first half that saw them defend their citadel well, the Indians came out on attack more often and, with a little bit of luck, could have come away with a win.

The midfield, where Khalid Jameel started instead of Basudeb Mondal, worked hard and looked creative while Bhaichung Bhutia and I.M. Vijayan combined well upfront. They came upon at least four chances between them.

Towards the end of the first session, Bhaichung wriggled past a couple of defenders and set up Vijayan whose right-footer was deflected off a defender. Then midway through the second half, Bhaichung�s flying header missed the target by a whisker.

Mahesh Gawli, Jo Paul Ancheri and Hardeep Saini were the others who stood out in what should go down as essentially a team performance.

The Indians wrap up the tour with a match against the Bangladesh national team at Leicester on Saturday.    

Calcutta, July 26: 
Mohun Bagan and Tollygunge Agragami will be among the top teams to take part in the Governor�s Gold Cup tournament, to be held in Gangtok from October 10 to 22, Tempo Bhutia, president of Sikkim Football Association (SFA), said today.

The SFA is also trying to rope in East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting. The other teams to have confirmed participation are Mahindra and Mahindra, Dempo, Services, Williamson & Magor Academy, Bhutan XI, Nepal XI, Indian Bank and the SFA outfits.

Aryan win 1-0

Aryan defeated West Bengal Police by a lone Shyamal Dutta strike in their CFL first division group A match. In another tie, Bhratri Sangha and Milan Bithee played out a goalless draw.

The match between Howrah Union and Wari could not take place because of unplayable ground conditions at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium.

Kalighat Milani defeated Bhawanipur 3-0 in a fourth division championship play-off tie.

Arup Basak champion

Arup Basak defeated Indibar Chatterjee 21-11, 21-17, 21-19 to win the men�s singles title at the Tollygunge Open table tennis meet at Baishakhi Sangha today.

In the semi-finals, Indibar defeated Shibaji Dutta 21-14, 21-15, 21-17, while Arjun Datta conceded the match to Arup Basak while trailing 11-21, 16-21, 11-17.

The women�s final will pit Poulami Ghatak against Avanti    

Calcutta, July 26: 
Sony Max will telecast live the one-day match between Asia XI and Rest of World XI for the Cup on Saturday at The Oval. According to information received here, the telecast will begin at 3 pm (IST).


ASIA XI: Sachin Tendulkar (captain), Mohammed Azharuddin, Saeed Anwar, Ajay Jadeja, Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad, Robin Singh, Jawagal Srinath, Nayan Mongia, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq. REST OF THE WORLD XI: Alec Stewart (captain), Nasser Hussain, Graham Thorpe, Allan Mullaly, Michael Slater, Shane Warne, Nathan Astle, Chris Cairns, Neil Johnson, Heath Streak, Courtney Walsh.    

Calcutta, July 26: 
As expected jockey Cristopher Alford had a total control over the proceedings in today�s race-card. The champion rider picked up five of the six races framed, including the feature, the Prince Blossom Cup, which was claimed in a tight-finish by the half-money-favourite Sterling Prospect, a Vijay Singh-trainee. In fact, the jockey helped Singh brothers, Vijay and Bharath, bag three and two events respectively.    

A good second to Her Excellency in the 1,600m Indian 1,000 Guineas and equally comfortable over sprints, Gold Dust is fancied to win the 1,200m P. Hadow Trophy in Pune on Thursday. Bajrang Singh partners the Magansigh P. Jodha-trained four-year-old filly by Reasonable out of Romodia.


2 pm: Queenstown 1. Fire Girl 2. Soul Mate 3.

2.30 pm: Sergeant Slipper 1. Different Crown 2. San Vitale 3.

3 pm: Stone Ridge 1. Victory march 2. Helianthus 3.

3.30 pm: Mischievous Times 1. Northern Temptress 2. Lakini 3.

4 pm: Gold Dust 1. Special Recruit 2. Balancita 3.

4.30 pm: Naughty Girl 1. Celebration Time 2. Henki 3.

5 pm: Laktara 1. History 2. Omerta 3.

Day�s Best: Balancita Double: Amusing & Legendary Lover

Mysore results

1. Hiriyur Plate 1,400m: (8-1-5-6) Strident (Ramesh) 1; My Goodness 2; Western Ghats 3. Not run: Storm On The Run (3). Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 17; 20; 37; Forecast: 175; Quinella: 91; Tana-la: 1,424 & 552. Fav: Strident (8).

2. Loyal Prince Plate 1,200m: (9-4-13) Atlantic Star (Rokade) 1; Brompton Road 2; Candalita 3. Won by: 2-1/2; SH; (1-15.4). Tote: Win Rs 55 Place: 19; 74; 47; Forecast: 1,071; Quinella: 361; Tanala: 8,601 & 2,457. Fav: Zeke (2).

3. Republican Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-7-12) Dealers Ace (C. Krishnan) 1; Like A Princess 2; Skipping Away 3. Won by: Nk; 1; 91-13.6). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 19; 37; 38; Forecast: 474; Quinella: 205; Tanala: 3,644 & 2,559. Fav: Royal Incarnate (5).

4. Gundlupet Plate, Div-II was declated null and viod due to a false start.

5. Next Move Plate 1,200m: (6-7-8) Gino (Imran K.) 1; Morroccan Prince 2; Navarone 3. Won by: 1/2; SH; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 582; Place: 110; 79; 20; Tanala: 33,133 & 14,200. Fav: Activated (1).

6. Republican Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-5-8) Tabreez (Guruprasad) 1; Austin Jennings 2; Subtle Rumours 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 199; Place: 45; 24; 44; Forecast: 1,534; Quinella: 447; Tanala: 50,166. Fav: Secret Ballot (3).

7. M. Ct, M, Chidambaram Chettyar Memorial Cup 1,400m: (4-2-3) Abyssinian Cat (Rakesh) 1; Surf Rider 2; Spy Court 3. Not run: Itsafact (1). Won by: 2-1/4; 8-1/2; (1-27.7). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 13; 19; Forecast: 39; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 95; & 45. Fav: Abyssinian Cat (4).

8. Red Rufus Plate 1,600m: (2-7-10). Enthralling Parade (Ruzaan) 1; Belezian 2; Rock Sea 3. Not run: Russian Art (3). Won by: 3; 1/2; (1-41.3). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 17; 18; 40; Forecast: 87; Quinella: 41; Tanala: 519 & 384. Fav: Belezian (7).

9. Gundlupet Plate, Div-I The race was declared cancelled aa a conseqence to jockeys not weighing out. Jackpot: Rs 3,57,198 (Carried over). Mini jackpot: Rs 55,692 (Carried over). Treble: (i) Rs 93.    


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