Pratik, Rohan stay on top
Cadet titles for Kuntal, Shabana
Bhratri in final
Bangalore Racing/ The Proletarian strikes
Calcutta Racing/ RCTC may get Heritage status

Jamshedpur, June 24: 
Top seed Pratik Sengupta and No. 2 Rohan Vijay Shandilya maintained their 100 per cent record and opened up a full-point lead after Round VII of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship today.

Abhishek Das, Akash Kusum, Sudipto Dasgupta, Satish Kumar, Varun Anant, Mayank Jayaswal, Kaushik Das (SE Rly Mixed English School) and Gyanendra Singh are following the leaders with six points each.

Pratik produced another fine game and beat Akash Kusum in 50 moves in the seventh round. Earlier, he handled the French Defence appreciably to beat third seed Abhishek in the sixth round.

Playing black, Pratik controlled his pieces well and outplayed Abhishek in the middlegame. In a closed pawn structure, the top seed opened the C file and put pressure on the queen side. He brought his heavy and minor pieces there and created a passed pawn on A2. Abhishek gave up after realising he would either lose a piece or allow the A pawn to queen on the 36th move.

Rohan outplayed the inexperienced Ramesh Kumar in a King’s Indian Defence. Playing white, Rohan opted for a four-pawn attack and Ramesh wasted time by bringing his king knight to the queen’s wing in the opening. He also erred by opening the centre while keeping the king there. Rohan won in 38 moves.

On table No. 6, Anirban Pati let Sheekha Unnikrishnan escape with a draw in just 12 moves. Anirban could have won a pawn but offered a draw instead which was gladly accepted.

Kaushik played the Vienna Opening against Saurabh Anand and gained an early advantage. Saurabh blundered a pawn on move 18 after which Kaushik went for the kill in a rook ending, enjoying four versus two majority on the queen side. He won in 50 moves.

Satish beat Kaushik Das (NHES) in a game which lasted 71 moves after the former went a pawn up in the 14th move.

Abhishek came back from his sixth-round defeat to beat Vikash Kumar Tiwari in the seventh round in a Petroff Defence.


Round VI: Abhishek Das (5) lost to Pratik Sengupta (6); Sudipto Dasgupta (5) lost to Rohan Vijay Shandilya (6); Arin Biswas (4.5) lost to Akash Kusum (6); Ramesh Kumar (5.5) bt Sourabh Chatterjee (4.5); Vikash Tiwari (5.5) bt Ankit Amartya (4.5); Nitesh Kejriwal (4) lost to Satish Kumar (5); Sourabh Das (4) lost to Anirban Pati (5); Swati Priya (4) lost to Varun Anant (5); Saurabh Anand (5) bt Mohammed Abid Hussain (4); Mayank Jayaswal (5) bt S. Sruthi (4).

Round VII: Pratik Sengupta (7) bt Akash Kusum (6); Rohan Vijay Shandilya (7) bt Ramesh Kumar (5.5); Abhishek Das (6) bt Vikash Tiwari (5.5); Satish Kumar (6) bt Kaushik Das (NHES, 5); Biswaranjan Sahu (5) lost to Sudipto Dasgupta (6); Anirban Pati (5.5) drew Sheekha Unnikrishnan (5.5); Varun Anant (6) bt B. Sarath Nair (5); Nilam Elish (5) lost to Mayank Jayaswal (6); Kaushik Das (SE Rly Mixed English, 6) bt Saurabh Anand (5); Bidhan Roy (4.5) lost to Gyanendra Singh (6).


Calcutta, June 24: 
Kuntal Basak and Shabana Parveen won the cadet boys’ and girls’ crowns, respectively, in the CCD table tennis meet at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

Kuntal beat Santasabuj Chakraborty 22-20, 21-12 in the final, while Shabana tamed Arjama Ghosh 22-20, 15-21, 21-15.

Shubham Chowdhury prevailed over Arjun Dutta in a five-game thriller to enter the men’s final. He will meet the winner of Amit Das and Subhadeep Das. The women’s final pits Mousumi Pal against Sayantika Kundu.

Shubham came back from 13-19 to take the first game 22-20 as Arjun faltered after hitting some telling forehand winners. Arjun led from the start of the next two games and won 19-21, 18-21.

Shubham took the next 21-8 and opened up a 15-10 lead in the decider. Arjun clawed back to 15-15 but failed to take advantage of his own service and conceded a 16-19 lead. His finishing went haywire and he lost the final game 17-21.


Cadet boys’ final: Kuntal Basak (NCZ) bt Santasabuj Chakraborty (North 24 Parganas) 22-20, 21-12.

Cadet girls’ final: Shabana Parveen (Howrah) bt Arjama Ghosh (SCZ) 22-20, 15-21, 21-15.

Junior boys’ semis: Niloy Basak (NCZ) bt Amarnath Das (NCZ) 21-13, 22-20, 21-14; Chiranjib Chowdhury (Hooghly) bt Soumyajit Sarkar (Hooghly) 12-21, 21-11, 21-18, 17-21, 21-14.

Women’s semis: Sayantika Kundu (Hooghly) bt Samapika Pal (NCZ) 21-19, 19-21, 21-17, 21-19; Mausumi Pal (NCZ) bt Moon Moon Basak (NCZ) 14-21, 21-18, 21-17, 21-19.

Men’s semis: Shubham Chowdhury (NCZ) bt Arjun Dutta (SCZ) 22-20, 19-21, 17-21, 21-8, 21-17.

School regatta begins

The Servo-Indian Oil 29th inter-school regatta got underway at Lake Club today. Kalidhan Institution beat Apeejay in the senior boys’ section. Calcutta Girls’ School outpaced La Martiniere for Girls in the senior girls’ category.    

Midnapore, June 24: 
Eveready Association beat Police Athletic Club 4-2 in tie-breaker to reach the IFA Shield cluster final today.

Eveready will meet Bhratri Sangha — 3-0 winners against Eastern Railway in Bankura — in the final. Arup Sarkar, Christian Okwolonko and Nripen Das scored the goals.

The Eveready-Police AC match was tied 1-1 after regulation time. Barun Kumar Dana put Police AC in lead while Shyambabu Raut equalised for Eveready


Bangalore, June 24: 
The Imtiaz Sait-trained four-year-old The Proletarian claimed the Justice Cup from his stablemate Anagram at the Bangalore races held on Sunday. Rajinder partnered the Conquering Hero-Nica Libre gelding to a length-plus victory.

Four favourites and as many lesser fancied horses made to the wire in a card of events. Trainer Z. Darasha and jockey K. P. Appu were the only professionals to score a double apiece.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Commanche Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-3-2) Elegant Monarch (S. Narredu) 1; Claudius 2; Mack The Knife 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 4; (1-17.1). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 13; 13; 19; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 291. Fav: Claudius (3).

2. Bukit Timah Plate 1,800m: (7-2-1) Skeena (Shelar) 1; Daiimio 2; Predominate 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; (1-58.6). Tote: Win Rs 129; Place: 23; 15; 13; Quinella: 195; Tanala: 1,361. Fav: Predominate (1).

3. Bergamo Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (3-7-5) Amazon Gold (Appu) 1; Danzor 2; Super Green 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 6-3/4; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 38; 90; Quinella: 180; Tanala: 3,139. Fav: Amazon Gold (3).

4. Maroof Farah Memorial Plate 1,400m: (5-1-6) Gullane (Appu) 1; Augill Castle 2; Trivia 3. Won by: 1/2; 3-1/2; (1-28.8). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 23; 43; 24; Quinella: 305; Tanala: 2,702. Fav: Sher Khan (10).

5. Justice Cup 1,800m: (4-7-3) The Proletarian (Rajinder) 1; Anagram 2; Al Dente 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-53.3). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 17; 20; Quinella: 42; Tanala: 224. Fav: The Proletarian (4).

6. Parlakimedi Cup 1,200m: (7-4-3) Magic Mantra (Harish) 1; Flaming Tower 2; Majestic Emperor 3. Won by: 2-3/4; SH; (1-15.8). Tote: Win Rs 120; Place: 31; 19; 23; Quinella: 320; Tan-ala: 4,596. Fav: Carnival Craze (1).

7. Bergamo Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (2-3-8) Mohican Chief (Srinath) 1; Anaheim 2; Attlee 3. Won by: 2; 4-1/4; (1-30.1). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 17; 15; 100; Quinella: 62; Tanala: 2,697. Fav Mohican Chief (2).

8. Commanche Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (11-2-1) Si Senora (Ruzaan) 1; Royal Sovereign 2; Stamford 3. Won by: 1; 3-1/2; (1-16.8). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 13; 25; 15; Quinella: 153; Tanala: 661. Fav: Si Senora (11).

Jackpot: Rs 19,443; (C) Rs 2,068.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,948; (ii) Rs 2,319.

Calcutta, June 24: 
The almost century-old club house building of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) on Russell Street and the equally old city racecourse in Kidderpore have been proposed as city Heritage sites, according to RCTC sources.

The RCTC sites apart, Intach, a government organisation, has been assigned the task of documenting the 1265 new sites which may get pride of place as city landmarks. Until April year, there were only 95 Heritage building in the city.

Reacting to the proposal, Vineet Verma, CEO and secretary RCTC. said: “We are very pleased with the development and are keen to see our buildings retaining their original architecture. The club house and the racecourse are city landmarks and something for posterity to witness.”

General (Retd.) Shankar Roychowdhury, senior steward RCTC was not available for his comments.


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