Gangjee lifts East India title
N. 24 Parganas champions
6-wkt win for Mohun Bagan
Prize for the perfect plan
Sourav set to turn out for Ranji tie against Orissa
Mumbai Racing/ Iceberg claims �Crystal� Trophy

Calcutta, Dec. 25: 
Local boy Rahil Gangjee won the Goodricke East India amateur golf matchplay championship beating Pune�s Jaideep Patwardhan at the RCGC course today.

The 36-hole final got underway with Gangjee achieving a birdie on the second. Patwardhan replied well to go three up. It was neck-and-neck thereafter with the Pune golfer maintaining his lead after 18 holes. Patwardhan went four up in the afternoon session, but Gangjee turned things around in style. He caught up with a birdie on the 32nd and took the lead with another on the 33rd.

He then hung on to retain his title which gave him his third crown in the last four years.

�Even when I was trailing, I didn�t feel discouraged and believed I could win,� Gangjee said later. It was this supreme self-belief which saw him through.


Calcutta, Dec. 25: 
North 24 Parganas emerged team champions in the 39th state junior bodybuilding championship held over the weekend in Midnapore. Midnapore emerged runners-up.

Haribahadur Chhetri (Midnapore) was crowned individual champion.

RESULTS (All winners): Upto 60 kg: Santu Das (North 24 Pgs); 60-65 kg: Haribahadur Chhetri (Midnapore); 65-70 kg: Anway Bhattacharya (North 24 Pgs); 70-75 kg: Koushik Roy (Midnapore); 75-80 kg: Tarun Kumar Das (Howrah); Above 80 kg: Jiban Sarkar (North 24 Pgs).


Calcutta, Dec. 25: 
A solid batting performance helped Mohun Bagan cruise to a six-wicket victory over Netaji Subhas Institute in the CAB League today.

Lakshmi Ratan Shukla top-scored (unbeaten 70) while Devang Gandhi (60), Nikhil Haldipur (48), Deep Dasgupta (47) and Amitava Banerjee (42) chipped in with handy knocks as Bagan overhauled the 270-run target.

Dakshin Kalikata Sansad (DKS) registered a 107-run win over BNR. Chasing 309, BNR were dismissed for 201 with Debasish Mondal scalping five for 56. Half-centuries from Shamik Chakraborty (53) and Ashesh Dey (51) were of no avail.

Elsewhere, Taltala and Shyambazar avoided defeat against Milan Samity and Customs, respectively. Taltala were 262 for nine, chasing 447, when play ended while Shyambazar managed 216 for nine, 24 short of Customs total. Kalighat completed an eight-wicket win over Port Trust, Humza Ferozie remaining unbeaten on 85.


Netaji Subhas Institute 269/8. Mohun Bagan 271/4 (Lakshmi Ratan Shukla 70 not out, Devang Gandhi 60, Nikhil Haldipur 48, Deep Dasgupta 47, Amitava Banerjee 42). Bagan won by 6 wkts.

Milan Samity 446/9. Taltala Institute 262/9 (Mrinal Kanti Dey 52; Bikramjit Bhowmick 4/7). Match drawn.

Customs 239. Shyambazar 216/9 (Aniruddha Roy 68 not out, Suman Banerjee 52; Rudra Mukherjee 3/14, Chandra Prakash Verma 3/65). Match drawn.

Mohammedan Sporting 413/8; Sporting Union 279/4 (Subhasis Das 109, Satrajit Lahiri 66 not out). Match drawn.

Port Trust 153. Kalighat 156/2 (Humza Ferozie 85 not out). Kalighat won by 8 wkts.

Dakshin Kalikata Sansad 308/8. BNR 201 (Shamik Chakraborty 53, Ashesh Dey 51; Debasish Mondal 5/56, Sanjay Srivastav 3/37). DKS won by 107 runs.

St Xavier�s win

St Xavier�s Collegiate School and New Alipore Multipurpose School notched up comfortable victories in the under-16 Pepsi Youth Series meet today.


South Suburban 62 in 20.1 ovs (Bikram Banerjee 2/0, Kanishka Bagaria 2/14, Biswanath Mukherjee 2/17, Nilabhat Chatterjee 2/19). St Xavier�s 63/4 in 13 ovs (Anindya Mukherjee 24 not out; Sumit Dutta 2/12). St Xavier�s won by 6 wkts.

Jadavpur Baghajatin HS 116 in 34 ovs (Subhasish Ghosh 21; Sujoy Datta 4/17). New Alipore Multipurpose 118/1 in 24 ovs (Sayan Dutta 59 not out). New Alipore won by 9 wkts.

Jiji Irani Cup

Calcutta and Secunderabad won their respective matches in the Jiji Irani Challenge Cup Monday.


Calcutta 259/5 (Manoj Sivaya 80, D. Mucadam 52 not out, R. Balsara 52; N. Mehta 3/45). Jamshedpur 101 (Y. Dotivala 36 not out; Y. Dapotawala 2/52). Calcutta won by 158 runs.

Nagpur 137 (F. Dastur 52). Secunderabad 138/3 (S. Patel 46, K. Siganporia 37; J. Hormusji 2/21). Secunderabad won by 7 wkts.


Teheran, Dec. 25: 
The world of chess has finally got its legitimate champion. Ever since Garri Kasparov broke away from FIDE, the supreme body, the world chess title lacked glamour. FIDE, in a way, must be relieved now that Anand has won the coveted crown.

Anand, who has been consistently maintaining his No. 2 position in the world with his ELO rating, is a far better candidate than last year�s champion Alexander Khalifman, whom even the staunch supporters of FIDE refused to recognise as the best player in the world.

Despite the absence of the three Super K�s of chess �Kasparov, Kramnik and Karpov � this year�s World Championship gained weight mainly due to the presence of Anand. Anand and Kasparov are the only players in the world, who at present, can add respectability to a tournament by their participation.

Ever since Anand won the world junior title in 1987, Indians have been waiting eagerly to see an Indian emerge world chess champion in the land of the game�s origin. It turned out to be quite a long wait. In 1995 and 1998, he went close but the dream was not eventually fulfilled.

Anand, who was clearly the favourite this time, was well prepared. He played with a definite plan, going for wins with white and drawing with the black pieces. Like a well-written script, this strategy clicked.

Anand drew only two games with white, against Khalifman in the quarter final and then against Michael Adams in the semi-final. The only player to stretch him was Khalifman who took the match to the tie-breaker. It was a tense moment for us, but Anand hardly looked vulnerable for he is at ease in rapid games.

Both finalists in Tehran were deserving. Shirov, who is known as a fighter, has a tendency to take unnecessary risks. After his loss in the second game, he did burn his bridge in the third and fourth games, trying to come back into the match.

Anand kept his cool and defended brilliantly, thwarting all attempts by Shirov to break down his defence. Any other player would have tried to draw with black pieces against Anand, in the fourth game, and try his luck with white in the next.

Anand�s win has catapulted chess to new heights in the world of sports. Not only it is an example for Indian youngsters to emulate, it should also give the All India Chess Federation a lot of inspiration to take the game to the masses. Already, sponsors are finding chess a rewarding venture and Anand�s victory should bring in new entrants in this field. We have already won a number of world age-group titles.

The only requirement of the day is to groom these players in a professional manner. If that happens, I firmly believe that India will become a chess super power in the next decade.


Calcutta, Dec. 25: 
Sourav Ganguly will don Bengal colours in the Ranji tie against Orissa beginning at the Eden Thursday.

This will be the India captain�s first match for the state this season. It will be a crucial match for Bengal who have 13 points from two matches (against Tripura and Assam) and would surely be eyeing an outright win.

Sourav, though, may not lead the side leaving it to Devang Gandhi to maintain continuity. According to Snehashish Ganguly, Sourav will decide on the captaincy issue after speaking to all the selectors.

The 14-strong Bengal squad will have nets tomorrow and the day after. Sourav will attend only Tuesday�s session.

The CAB has rescheduled the league fixtures in such a way so as not to affect Ranji nets. None of the six clubs, from which the Bengal XIV has been chosen, will feature in the next set of two-day league matches.

There were some doubts over Sourav�s eligibility for Bengal since he has not registered with any local club this season. But the BCCI has clarified that there�s no bar on his playing for Bengal.

The stylish left-hander will bat at No. 4, followed by Deep Dasgupta, Arijit Bose and Devang. Rohan Gavaskar and Srikant Kalyani will come in at five and six, followed by five specialist bowlers.

Sourav, who led India to victory in two of his first three Tests as captain, is just back from a holiday in Mauritius with wife Dona.

Bengal best

Bengal thrashed Jharkhand by 127 runs in the final of the East Zone championship for the blind at Gaya today.

According to information received here, Bengal rattled up 379 for eight before dismissing Jharkhand for 252. Abhijit Mondal top-scored with 76 for Bengal while Trilochan Jha made 84 for the losers.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal 379/8 (Abhijit Mondal 76, Gaurav Goenka 60, Pradeep Jha 50). Jharkhand 252 (Trilochan Jha 84, M. Pervez 44; Gopal Murmu 4/37, Santosh Sahani 2/16, G. Goenka 2/29). Bengal won by 127 runs.


Mumbai, Dec. 25: 
The Bezan Chenoy-trained Iceberg recorded an easy win over the course-favourite, Memories Of You, in the 1,100m �Daum France� & L�Artiste Crystal Trophy at the Christmas Day, Mumbai races, held on Monday. Niall McCullagh partnered the Placerville-Frost Queen filly to victory


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Gay Time Plate 1,600m: (4-6-2) Tajjub (Bhati) 1; Smash For Cash 2; Nuclear Power 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1/2; (1-42.8). Tote: Win Rs 65; Place: 21; 24; 16; Quinella: 228; Tanala: 1,594. Fav: Starlet (3).
2. Cheerful Gift Plate 1,600m: (9-1-5) Ancestry (Bhati) 1; Grand Lodge 2; Equity 3. Won by: Hd; 1-3/4; (1-41.7). Tote: Win Rs 309; Place: 47; 38; 17; Quinella: 1,033; Tanala: 8,389. Fav: Special Crown (4).
3. Classic Jewel Plate 1,100m: (3-1-7) Current Bay (Shroff) 1; Anna Pavlova 2; Absolute Hit 3. Won by: 6-1/2; SH; (1-7). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 13; 16; 19; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 251. Fav: Current Bay (3).
4. First Born Plate 2,000m: (3-7-10) Endorsement (Gallagher) 1; Tap On Power 2; Gorgeous Princess 3. Won by: SH; 2-3/4; (2-8.1). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 14; 16; 38; Quinella: 41; Tanala: 474. Fav: Endorsement (3).
5. Spellbound Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (2-6-1) Heaven�s Feel (Gallagher) 1; Full Reason 2; Come Prima 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 4-1/4; (1-28.4). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 17; 30; 23; Quinella: 333; Tanala: 2,944. Fav: Universal Star (9).
6. Spellbound Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (13-6-1) Tulsa Time (Kamlesh) 1; My Opinion 2; Rising Fire 3. Not run: Smart Strike (3). Won by: 1; Nk; (1-28.7). Tote: Win Rs 206; Place: 37; 131; 16; Quinella: 4,168; Tanala: 67,095. Fav: Exhilarating (2).
7. �Daum France� & L�Artiste Crystal Trophy 1,100m: (6-7-10) Iceberg (McCullagh) 1; Memories Of You 2; Thunderlite 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 7; (1-7). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 15; 14; 47; Quinella: 37; Tanala: 1,310. Fav: Memories Of You (7).
8. Prince Royal Plate 1,100m: (6-8-7) Meringue (Rajendra) 1; Mein Kampf 2; Millenium Star 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 1; (1-7.5). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 25; 28; Quinella: 74; Tanala: 539. Fav: Meringue (6).
9. Feelings Plate 2,000m: (6-5-14) Great Alliance (M. Narredu) 1; Silverita 2; Keep The Faith 3. Won by: 7-1/2; Nk; (2-9.8). Tote: Win Rs 53; Place: 24; 28; 73; Quinella: 133; Tanala: 6,763. Fav: Great Alliance (6).

Jackpot: Rs 13,556; (C) Rs 1,458.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,299; (ii) Rs 1,888; (iii) Rs 213.


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