Kharlov is sole leader
Tolly rue missed chances
This EB-Bagan tie is special: Barreto
Bagan eves thrash Itika 5-0
Ladies� Golf
Vijay Kumar in the lead
Calcutta Races/ Lone punter scoops jackpot
Mumbai Racing/ Special Recruit all the way
Bangalore Racing/ Access All Areas may amend failure
Track Trials/ Aiberni, Calorescence impressive

Calcutta, Feb. 15: 
Top seed Andrei Kharlov of Russia moved ahead of the top pack to emerge as sole leader with 7.5 points after the penultimate round of the Goodricke International Open chess tournament at Gorky Sadan, today.

Breathing down his neck are six players � including Sandipan Chanda of India � each on seven points.

Ziaur Rahaman of Bangladesh confirmed his second GM norm in a cliff-hanger against GM Dibyendu Barua of India.

�I think our game offered equal chances to us both. Dibyendu could have drawn if he had wanted to, but he too was trying desperately to win. After I got two bishops in the endgame I was certain I could not lose,� Zia told The Telegraph after the game.

Barua lost on time when his flag fell in an already losing position.

Andrei Karlov, faced little resistance from Dimitri Reinderman of the Netherlands. Playing black, he equalized easily and then obtained a better position. Reinderman then offered the game to him on a platter by blundering a piece on the 28th move.

Sandipan Chanda continued with his inspired performance to hold GM Maxim Sorokin of Argentina from the black. To get out of a cramped position Sandipan introduced a new idea in the opening by sacrificing a pawn. Sorokin refused the offer and instead preferred to play safe. The game was drawn after the exchange of pawns in the centre, which gave neither player a realistic chance of a win.

Unlike his elder brother G. B. Prakash, R. B. Ramesh faultered at the crucial moment to blunder a piece and the game to Evgeny Vladimirov of Kazakhstan.

Ramesh required a win today to earn his first GM norm.

Nasir Wajih continued his impressive showing by holding Prakash to draw from an inferior position. In an unsual variation of the Caro Kann Defence Prakash won a pawn, but went astray under time pressure. Nasir thereafter defended well to draw the game.

GM Buenavent Villamayor of the Philippines had little difficulty in disposing off the challenge of his fellow counrtymen Chito Garma in 35 moves in a Queen�s pawn opening.

National champion GM Abhijit Kunte continued his indifferent performance, held by Asian junior champion IM Tejas Bakre in a King�s Indian attack.

WIM Koneru Humpy, who required a win to earn her second WGM norm, could only draw against IM Neelotpal Das in a Catalan Opening. Humpy now needs to win against Joanna Dworakowska in the final round tomorrow for the norm.


Maxim Sorokin 7 drew Sandipan Chanda 7; Joseph Gallagher 7 drew Eshan Ghaem Maghami 7; Dimitri Reinderman 6 lost to Andrei Kharlov 7.5; Evgeny Vladimirov 7 beat R B Ramesh 6; Ziaur Rahman 7 beat Dibyendu Barua 6; Nasir Wajih 6.5 drew G B Prakash 6.5; Buenavent Villamayor 6.5 beat Chito Garma 5.5; S Vijayalakshmi 5.5 lost to Alexie Barsov 6.5; NelsonMariano 5.5 lost to Victor Mikhaelvski 6.5; Datu Idelfanso 6.5 beat Amon Simutowe 5.5; Dimtri Komarov 5.5 drew with Tomasz Markowski 5.5.


P Konguvel 4.5 lost to Surya Sekhar Ganguly 5.5; K Murugan 5.5 beat Shanker Roy 4.5; Koneru Humpy 4.5 drew with Neelotpal Das 4.5; Arghyadip Das 4.5 beat Anup Deshmukh 3; Saheli Dhar Barua 4 beat Christian Brauer 3; Saptarshi Roy 3 drew with Saheli Nath 2.


Calcutta, Feb. 15: 

The match didn�t suggest that seven points separated the teams before today�s National League tie at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.

Vasco from Goa should consider themselves lucky that the gap remained the same as Tollygunge Agragami paid for not being able to produce what matters most in the game � a goal � despite keeping the rival defence under pressure for a greater part of the match.

�The difference in points is misleading if you�re trying to evaluate the lightweight teams in this National League,� remarked Vasco coach Derek Pereira.

Vasco�s Brazilian goalkeeper Ramos Rogerio effected a couple of good saves as Vasco kept intact their unbeaten record and took their tally to 13 points from seven matches. Tollygunge remained in the zone of uncertainty with just six from seven games.

Cautious in the beginning and trying to restrict Vasco in the midfield, Tollygunge started raiding the rival half with zest towards the end of the first half. Tollygunge maintained the momentum after resumption but the final push was not to be seen. The ultimate shots or heads were either feeble or ill-directed.

Vasco could not really enter the Tollygunge box in the first half but two long-rangers � a left-footer by Gregory Clark and a right-footer by Edson Wanderley � hit the crossbar.

Wanderley picked up a yellow card which will keep him out of Tuesday�s match against East Bengal. Tollygunge�s Abdulateef Seriki was also booked, which means he will miss the away game against JCT on the same day.

Vasco�s only other chance came in the dying stages but Caetano Pinha�s header from close, off Auzabek Koshimov�s free-kick, went straight to Hemanta Dora.

Tollygunge succeeded in foiling most Vasco moves in the midfield with Abdul Saliu making full use of his big build and Abayomi Felix working hard. Ranjan Chowdhury also came good as spoiler which reduced pressure on the deep defence. The normally enterprising Sashthi Duley had a bad day which cost his team some sting in the attack.

Tollygunge�s first good chance, however, came following Duley�s free kick from the right, but Emeka couldn�t keep his header on target. The Nigerian combined well with Seriki in the 42nd minute, but once again failed to make contact with the floater which had eluded the reach of an advancing �keeper.

Emeka was once again in the thick of things a minute later, but this time his right-footer on a smart turn was saved well by Rogerio. In the 72nd, Emeka kept his header on target which brought out another diving save from the Brazilian.

Satish Bharti essayed a diving header from the resultant corner which went straight to the �keeper. In between, Duley followed a looping cross from the right till the end but his header from an acute angle failed to trouble the goalkeeper.

Vasco�s Uzbek recruit Koshimov showed glimpses of good touch with his left foot and Brazilian Ronaldo da Silva looked solid as the defensive screen but there were pores in their back-line which should provide Pereira with some food for thought before Tuesday�s match.


TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Hemanta Dora; Reazul Mustafa, Debashish Pal Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Partha Sarathi Dey; Ranjan Chowdhury (Bhabani Mohanty, 85), Abayomi Felix, Abdul Saliu, Sashthi Duley; Emeka Achilefu, Abdulateef Seriki.

VASCO: Ramos Rogerio; Sanjay Parte, Denzil Coutinho, Seby Dias, Caetani Pinho; Ronaldo da Silva, Ravi Babu (Khogen Singh, 70), Gregory Clark (Daniel Colaco, 60), Auzabek Koshimov; Peter Rodrigues (Louis Nickson, 75), Edson Wanderley.

Referee: S. Gregory (Maharashtra).


Calcutta, Feb. 15: 
Jose Ramirez Barreto has started feeling the heat a Mohun Bagan versus East Bengal clash generates. He should, having already played six of them.

Anticipating a tough seventh, in the National League on Saturday, the Brazilian feels this match is different from other engagements.

�Two big teams, a history of close, fighting matches. This match is special,� he said today in his much-improved English during half time of the Tollygunge Agragami-Vasco match. The crowd factor, he felt, is another feature that adds an extra dimension to this traditional clash.

The Brazilian thinks the teams are evenly matched and his team�s defence is working much better now, after the inclusion of compatriot Amauri da Silva.

�Our midfield combination is a lot sharper now and the strikers are getting a lot of supply. Joao Santos will be missed but R.C. Prakash is there,� he said.

About his own position, the versatile attacker indicated he likes playing as the spearhead but had adjusted in his new role where he operates from a little behind.

Picking East Bengal deep defenders Deepak Mondal and Jackson Egygopong for special praise, Barreto said both of them are tough and difficult to beat.

So far, he has scored three golas against East Bengal, in the two Super League matches and in the IFA Shield final. His goals, however, were all equalisers.

The teams have met five times this season so far. East Bengal have won two (one of them via the tie-breaker), two were drawn, while Mohun Bagn hit back with a win in the Rovers Cup semi-final. Amar Ganguly was the scorer in that match.

Great demand for tickets

The Saturday derby looks set to overshadow all previous �big� clashes of this season. If ticket sales are anything to go by, over one lakh people are expected to gather at the Salt Lake Stadium in two days� time.

About 50,000 tickets have already been sold in the last two days, sending the IFA scurrying for a print order of 37,000 more.

This being a fund-raiser for Gujarat earthquake victims, Calcuttans are once again rising to the occasion.Two city referees � Udayan Haldar and Arup Chakrabarty � who did duty in the NFL match in Goa last week, have donated their fees and allowances to the earthquake fund.


Calcutta, Feb. 15: 
Mohun Bagan thrashed Itika Memorial 5-0 in a Calcutta Women�s League match at the SAI ground today.

Maria D�Rebello struck a brace, while Rinku Ghosh and Bipasha Majumdar netted once each for a comfortable 4-0 scoreline at half-time. Rinku Ghosh scored her second � and Mohun Bagan�s fifth � via a penalty in the second session.

Bidyut Sporting carved out a similar 5-0 victory over Kasba Samanyay. Debosmita Chatterjee scored two, while Shefali Chowdhury, Rumi Bhakta and Saraswati Mondal found the target once each.

Green baize at SAI

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has alloted the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) a separate hall at its Salt Lake complex for coaching and promotion of billiards, snooker and pool in the city. One billiards and snooker table each, and four pool tables have already been laid out.

According to Mr P.N. Roy, the BSFI will kick off its activities in April-end with a camp for the country�s top-16 players as part of preparations for the 2002 Pusan Asian Games. Michael Ferreira and S. Jairaj are likely to be the coaches. There will be four such camps this year.

Merchants Cup bowling

Nicco Super Bowl, the city�s first bowling alley, will host the maiden Merchants Cup meet from Friday through February 25. This was announced at a press conference this evening.

The meet, being organised jointly by Nicco Super Bowl and Coca-Cola, has attracted 17 companies from which 48 teams have been formed. A total of 74 matches will be played in the knockout championship.

Mixed basketball

The 10th Mercantile mixed basketball tournament will be held at the Rangers Club from Saturday through March 3. The Women�s Basketball Association of West Bengal-organised meet will feature 10 teams this time.

TT umpires� body

The newly-formed Bengal Table Tennis Umpires� Association is now a registered body. The 30-strong association, with Jayanta Mitra as president and Sisir Sengupta as secretary, will hold its first meeting Saturday.


Calcutta, Feb. 15: 
Irina Brar beat S. Khanna 2-1 in the match play section of the All India Ladies Amateur golf championship at RCGC today. In other play-offs, G. Raikhy beat A. Chopra one-up, Parnita Grewal beat Salini Malik 5-4 and P. Dey beat S. Balasubramanium one-up.

OTHER RESULTS: Vikramaditya Trophy: T. Baba bt Soma Ray 5-4, G.S. Bindra bt J. Dias 4-3, C. Sayal bt M. Brar 3-2. K. Ajmera walk over.

DT Challenge Salver: S.K. Mehra bt M. Bhattacharya 2-1, S.N. Jaidka bt K. Soft one-up, T. Tsuruta bt R. Dogra 6-4. M. Mohta bt T. Chetri on the 19th hole (one up).


Calcutta, Feb. 15: 
Vijay Kumar today shot an exceptional seven under 63 to take an outright lead on the opening day of the Rs 5 lakh inaigural Pro Golf 2001 East India Open over the Patna Golf Club course. This was also a course record.

According to information reaching here the Lucknow-based pro took a three shot lead over Mukesh Kumar of Mhow at four-under 66, followed closely by Shiv Prakash of Kanput, Devender patel of Mhow and Basad Ali of Calcutta all tied at third place with three under 67.

Local pro Md. Islam, Akbar Ali, and Rejwan Ali were tied at the fourth spot with two-under 68, while the fifth position was tied between Firoz Ali, Jaiveer Virk, Mohd. Maqbool, Mohd. Nawab, Raju Ali and Rohtas Singh all scoring a one-under 69.

Atwal at 17th spot

Arjun Atwal was the only Indian to play a sub par round while the five other Indians languished at the bottom of the table on the opening day of the Malaysian Open golf in Kuala Lumpur today, reports UNI.

Dutchman Maarten Lafebar emergeed leader.

Atwal carded one under 71 and finished joint 17th on a day when 24 players broke par at the course.

The US Masters champion Vijai Singh of Fiji shot a bogey free 68 to trail Lafebar.

Jeev Milkha Singh returned two over par 74 to be at the joint 50th place. Two other Indians � Amandeep Johl and Jyoti Randhawa � returned identical scores of three over 75 and were at joint 69th place.

Delhi-based Vivek Bhandari and Arjun Singh of Calcutta, with identical cards of six over 78 were at joint 111th place.


Calcutta, Feb. 15: 
Living upto expectations, the 1,400m Easter Command Cup produced the winner who was hardly fancied to land the prize. Even the minor placings in the race went to horses who helped make a hefty tanala dividends of nearly Rs 54,000.

The pool hunters, in fact, had gone for a toss, right after the first leg of the �pot� when a friendless All Jade decided to put her best foot forward to down the hot-fancy, Abstone Queen. Barring the winner Remember Me � in the Brown Wolf Handicap � who had returned little in terms of money, favourites performed in unbusinesslike manner. Those who profited most as a result of their luxurious gallops were Anntari in the Lt. Gen. Jameel Mahmood Memorial Trophy and High Life in the Astounding Handicap.


1.Gridiron Handicap 1,100m: (2-3-5-4) Master Bold (C. Alford) 1; Diplomatic Gesture (Gowli) 2; Flinders (M. Reub-en) 3; Software (Shanker) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/2; 1/2; (1-6.4). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 16; 16; Quinella: 26; Tanala: 205. Fav: Master Bold (2). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

2. Sacristan II Handicap 1,100m: (3-6-5-4) All Jade (Locke) 1; Abstone Queen (A. Imran) 2; Alflora (Amil) 3; Floral Path (G. Singh) 4. Won by: Nk; 2-1/4; 2-3/4; (1-7.4). Tote: Win Rs 205; Place: 28; 11; 33; Quinella: 83; Tanala: 3,399. Fav: Abstone Queen (6). Winner trained by P. Locke.

3. Brown Wolf Handicap 1,200m: (4-3-2-1) Remember Me (M. Reuben) 1; Armila (Yasin) 2; Go With The Wind (P. Alford) 3; Sky Hawk (Amil) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; 6-1/4; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 24; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 63. Fav: Remember Me (4). Winner trained by Javed K.

4. Eastern Command Cup 1,400m: (2-4-6-10) Gold Buck (Shanker) 1; Best In Show (Gurang) 2; Lovely Prospect (A. Imran) 3; Earl Grey (Connorton) 4. Won by: 1; 1/2; Nk; (1-25.8). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 26; 187; 29; Quinella: 2,396; Tanala: 53,915. Fav: Earl Grey (10). Winner trained by Bath.

5. Lt. Gen. Jameel Mahmood Memorial Trophy 1,600m: (8-3-7-6) Anntari (Rabani) 1; Arco Europa (A. P. Singh) 2; Ballard Lady (A. Imran) 3; Supreme Desire (Brij) 4. Won by: SH; 1-1/4; Hd; (1-40.8). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 16; 30; 15; Quinella: 240; Tanala: 1,240. Fav: Wandering Warrior (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Astounding Handicap 1,100m: (5-7-3-1) High Life (M. Reuben) 1; Scarlet Raider (A. Imran) 2; Starina (Rutherford) 3; Amarante (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; 3/4; SH; (1-5.8). Tote: Win Rs 116; Place: 32; 10; 20; Quinella: 83; Tanala: 840. Fav: Scarlet Raider (7). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

Jackpot: Rs 1,24,636; (C) Rs 3,462.

Treble: (i) Rs 683; (ii) Rs 4,410.


Mumbai, Feb. 15: 
It was Special Recruit all the way in the Radhapyari Trophy at the Mumbai races on Thursday. C. Rajendra partnered the H. Antia-trainee.


1. Nebraska Plate 1,200m: (4-5-2) Royal Secret (Rajendra) 1; Golden Tiger 2; Heven�s Feel 3. Won by: Dist; 1-3/4; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 7; Place: 6; 18; Forecast: 57; Quinella: 51; Tanala: 162 & 60. Fav: Royal Secret (4).

2. Argentina Plate. Div-II 1,100m: (5-3-8) Silver Line (Aaron) 1; Act Of Trust 2; Charging Bullet 3. Won by: 2-3/4; SH; (1-9.1). Tote: Win Fav: Silver Line (4).

3. Argentina Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (2-1-7) Heart Beat (I. Shaikh) 1; Neptune�s Girl 2; Imperial Falcon 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-9.2). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 8; 26; 9; Forecast: 534; Quinella: 253; Tanala: 1,153 & 288. Fav: Mischiefmaker (5).

4. S. A. Wahid Plate 1,000m: (4-5-1) Raise A Toast (S. Nayak) 1; Thunder Clap 2; Stay With Me 3. Won by: SH; 2; (1-2.7). Tote: Win Rs Place: 8; 6; 8; Forecast: 130; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 293 & Fav: Thunder Clap (5).

5. Mayor�s Trophy 1,000m: (9-5-11) Overtures (Gallagher) 1; Crepusculaire 2; Speed Of Light 3. Not run: Chamonix (4). Won by: 1-1/4; 3/4; (1-1.9). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 5; 14; 7; Forecast: 164; Quinella: 89; Tanala: 203 & 49. Fav: Overtures (9).

6. Radhapyari Trophy 1,100m: (8-9-6) Special Recruit (Rajendra) 1; Green Paradise 2; Secret Blessing�s 3. Won by: 1; 3/4; (1-6.5). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 7; 13; 20; Forecast: 174; Quinella: 94; Tanala: 1,006 & 642. Fav: Colombus (2).

7. Quincy Plate 1,400m: (6-8-1) Equity (McCullagh) 1; Royal Standard 2; Josh King 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/4; (1-28.7). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 9; 9; 9; Forecast: 128; Quinella: 73; Tanala: 375 & 120.Fav: Josh King (1).

8. Fizgig Plate 1,400m: (3-4-6) Potential Force (Gallagher) 1; Style Counsel 2; Charismatic 3. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; (1-28.8). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 10; 12; 22; Forecast: 260; Quinella: 151; Tanala: 3,323 & 1,289. Fav: Amber Eyes (1).

9. Marchetta Plate 1,600m: (3-9-11) Victory March (Rajendra) 1; L. A. Woman 2; Gorgeous Princess 3. Won by: 1; 2-1/2; (1-39.6). Tote: Win Rs Fav: Victory March (3).


Bangalore, Feb. 15: 
Access All Areas, who proved to be a misfit in the Bangalore Oaks, looks set to make amends for the failure in the 1,600m Ashwapriya Cup, tomorrow. Aslam Kader partners the Padmanabhan-trained filly.


3 pm: Kirkcaldy 1. Icelandic Hope 2. Rythm �N� Blues 3.

3.30 pm: Avocation 1. Alphabetic 2. Al Habid 3.

4 pm: Access All Areas 1. Royal Steps 2.

4.30 pm: Don King 1. Bold Connection 2. Three Coins 3.

5 pm: Tareek 1. Screen Play 2. Machrie Bay 3.

5.30 pm: Crown Witness 1. Guide 2. Attlee 3.

Day�s Best: Access All Areas Goo

Double: Avocation and Crown Witness


Aiberni, Calorescence, The Archer, Alterezza and Magnifico were impressive in today�s work outs.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Calorescence (C. Alford) and Astride (A. P. Singh) in 1-39s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. The Archer (Yadav) and Blue Gardenia (Connorton) in 1-46s. Former good. Alegria (C. Alford) in 1-43s; (400m) 31s. Albright (C. Alford) and Alsheim (A. P. Singh) in 1-44s; (400m) 31s. Former 2 ls better, was pushed. Harry The Horse (Connorton) and Prince Obolensky (Upadhya) in 1-51s. Former better.

1,200m: (C. Alford) in 1-22s; (400m) 26s. Good.

1,000m: Alterezza (Surender) and Magnifico (C. Alford) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. They were level and moved well. Ispahan (Connorton) in 1-10s; (400m) 27s. Good. Appeaer (C. Alford) 1-12s; (400m) 27s. Very fit.

Sand track

1,600m: Jayaashva (K. Kumar) in 1-48s.Moved well.

800m: Sky Command (Rutherford) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Fit.

On Wednesday outer sand track

1,400m: The Archer (Yadav) and Blue Gardenia (Connorton) in 1-55s; (400m) 33s. Former 4 ls better. Colonial (Khalander) and Acaress (Rb) in 1-55s; (400m) 30s. Former far better. Winning Hand (Gowli) and Raaz (Rb) in 1-45s; (400m) 30s. They were level and moved well.

1,200m: Cavala (Khalander) in 1-27s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Alvarada (C. Alford) in 1-26s; (400m) 27s. Urged

1,000m: The Stud (M. Reuben) and Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 1-11s; (400m) 28s. Former too good. Accrete (C. Alford), Arterial (Surender) and Andrada (A. P. Singh) in 1-13s; (400m) 29s. 6 ls and 6 ls separated them. Note the first named. Analyzer (Brij) in 1-14s; (400m) 29s. Easy.

800m: Tsavo (Khalander) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Good. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Kargil Soldier (Trainer) 57s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Alyssum (Rb) and Jeweller (Amil) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former 2 ls better and moved well. Tequila Shot (G. Singh) and Jeypore (Shanker) in 57s; (400m) 30s. They were level.

Sand track

1,400m: Ashbury (Tamang) in 1-52s; (400m) 29s.

1,200m: Sadaf (Som S.) and Brid�s Empire (Gurang) in 1-20s; (400m) 25s. They were level and moved attractively.

1,000m: Lovely Duchess (Yadav) in 1-13s; (400m) 26s. Mr. Bombshell (A. Imran) and Orbital Star (Som S.) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. Both level. Blessed Spirit (A. Imran) and Ace Of Spades (Som S.) in 1-7s; (400m) 25s. Former a length better.

800m: Stately Don (A. Imran) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Ballet Master (A. Imran) in 54s; (400m) 23s. Fit. Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 51s; (400m) 25s. Note. Jayaashva (K. Kumar) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Good. Peppy Mistress (Gowli) in 52s; 26s Fit.


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