Favourites have it easy
Grassroots coaches feted
Ancheri rules himself out
Restriction on matches
Kumble may be available
7 changes in hockey squad
Basak back
Mysore Racing/ Kilmarnock may make amends
Calcutta Racing/ Season starts from tomorrow
Track Trials/ Arendal catches eye

Guwahati, July 3: 
Title favourites Gurumayum Inao Sharma, N. Shashank Singh, Trailokya Nanda, Raju Loukrakram and Abhinav Baura were among other 40 players who registered facile victories over their rivals in the opening round of The Telegraph Schools� Chess Championship at the ABITA indoor stadium here today.

Dark horse Durlov Nanda of Edith Douglas School, Jorhat, playing with white, shocked third seed Nandan Buragohain of Nazira Higher Secondary School, Sibsagar, in 42 moves in the Pirc defence. The first round witnessed only three draws, while as many as 22 players got walkovers.

Gurumayum of Imphal�s MKSMT High School got the better of Debajit Phukan of St. Stephen�s School in 11 moves in the Alekhine�s defence. Similarly, Nayanmoni Talukdar of local Maharishi Vidya Mandir went down to Meghnath Rabha of the city�s Phaguna Rabha High School in six moves of an irregular opening. Both lost their games due to the kingside diagonal weakness created by unwarranted pawn pushes in the beginning.

Shashank of Nichol�s High School accounted for Arnab Mishra of BRPL Vidyalaya, Dhaligaon, in 46 moves of the out-of-fashion Phildor�s defence, while Trailokya of Edith Douglas School, Jorhat, defeated Arunav Banerjee of Shillong�s All Saint�s School.

Earlier, inaugurating the meet, SAI regional sub-centre director-in-charge Harakanta Borgohain hoped that such mass participation of school children in the event would go a long way towards inculcating among the youngsters the interest in the game of chess.

TOP BOARD RESULTS: Debajit Phukan lost to Gurumayum Inao Sharma; N. Shashank Singh bt Arnab Mishra; Durlov Nanda bt Nandan Buragohain; Meghnath Rabha bt Nayanmoni Talukdar; Ranjan Talukdar bt Neeraj Garg Baruah; Piyush Jalan lost to Sibananda Singha; Twinkle Daulaguphu bt Nilim Kumar Sharma; Sunit Talukdar lost to Rustom Raktim Dutta; Nirmaljyoti Sarmah bt Joyhom Chaudhuri; Pinaki Choudhary lost to Abhinav Baruah; Omeshore Lairngam bt Arjun Bonik.


Calcutta, July 3: 
Presentation of certificates from Fifa and IOC to eight persons for their contribution to football was the highlight of the IFA�s annual prize distribution function at Uttam Mancha this evening.

Of those presented certificates, Arati Banerjee was not present and her husband P.K. Banerjee collected it on her behalf.

There were prizes for last season�s top eight Super Division clubs and those coming first and second in all other leagues as well. Also, the national under-21 title winning team members were given blazers.

However, maximum applause was reserved for those unheralded seven � all grassroot level coaches � who rarely came in the limelight before this despite working tirelessly for years.

The certificates were presented to Khokan Basu Mallik, Murari Shur, Ashok Guha, Dipak Gargari, Buku Chatterjee, K.B. Sengupta and Abdul Wahab.

THE AWARDS: Super Division: Champions: East Bengal (Rs 2 lakh). Runners-up: Mohun Bagan (1.5 lakh). 3rd: Md. Sp. (75,000). 4th: George Telegraph (60,000). 5th: Tollygunge Agragami (55,000). 6th: BNR (40,000). 7th: SAIL (30,000). 8th: FCI (25,000). 1st div gr A: 1st: Bhratri Sangha (25,000). 2nd: Port Trust (20,000). Gr B: 1st: Ever-Ready (17,000). 2nd: Customs (12,000). 2nd div: 1st: United Students (17,000). 2nd: Garalgacha Sporting (12,000). 3rd div: Greer (12,000). 2nd: Chandni SC (7000). 4th div: 1st: YMCA Chowringhee (12,000). 2nd: Robert Hudson AC (7000). 5th div: 1st: Jadavpur Agragami (10,000). 2nd: Rakhi Sangha (5000). Women�s league: 1st: East Bengal (6000). 2nd: Mohun Bagan (4000). Nursery League: 1st: Central Calcutta DSA (6000). 2nd: Bagha Shome Football Institute (4000).


Calcutta, July 3: 
Jo Paul Ancheri will not tour England with the Indian football team this month. His name figures in the list of probables released yesterday.

Ancheri, captain in the Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur, sustained a groin strain in the first match against Malaysia under-23 on June 22, and has not played since.

�I am still in pain and has been advised rest for 20-25 days more,� he told The Telegraph from Thrissur today. �I am not joining the camp beginning in Patiala Monday. Not going anywhere in fact,� he said.

The player is yet to find out when he can start practising with East Bengal though he is unlikely to arrive here before August. �I will see my doctor in Kozhikode tomorrow,� he said.

Meanwhile, it was also learnt that Basudeb Mondal is unlikely to join the camp as his father is due to undergo an operation. Coach Sukhwinder Singh, contacted in Patiala, said Ancheri�s inclusion among the probables was subject to his recovery and a replacement will be picked once the AIFF is informed.

The coach said Mondal had informed him about his possible absence after the Merdeka Cup but is yet to confirm.

EB letter to IFA

East Bengal are unwilling to release six players called from the club to join the camp. In a letter to the IFA, the club has reasoned their performance in the Super League will suffer if they release all six. The IFA is expected to take it up with AIFF.    

Calcutta, July 3: 
The IFA has been asked not to conduct Super Division matches at the three enclosed Maidan grounds before Friday. DC headquarters Raj Kanojia said today a decision on when the grounds will be available for Super Division matches will be taken after an inspection of the galleries at these grounds Friday.

�The restriction is only on Super Division matches since they attract some crowd,� Kanojia clarified.

Rally on Monday

The �core committee� formed by the IFA�s governing body today decided to stage a rally on Monday in demand of tubular stands at the three enclosed grounds. It also decided to submit a memorandum to the chief minister and meet him before staging the rally.

Meanwhile, at the IFA�s annual prize distribution function, state sports minister Subhas Chakraborty assured tubular stands will be installed at all three grounds.


Calcutta, July 3: 
Anil Kumble, who has been off cricket from the second-half of last October, may make himself available for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka, beginning next month.

Kumble himself couldn�t be reached for a comment, but a senior Board official told The Telegraph this evening: �His return during the ensuing tri-series (in Lanka) is ruled out, but he could well be there for the Tests...�

According to the official, Kumble has already talked about this possibility to �some of the people who matter.� Kumble, it may be recalled, underwent surgety on his bowling shoulder in January.

While the tri-series (India, Lanka and New Zealand) will be held between July 18 and August 4, the Tests will be played between August 14 and September 2.

Meanwhile, the selectors, who meet in Mumbai Monday, will only pick 14 for the tri-series. The 15-strong squad for the Test series will be chosen later.


New Delhi, July 3: 
Seven changes to the Indian squad that toured New Zealand recently were made for the forthcoming World Cup hockey qualifiers in Edinburgh from July 17 to 29.

The new faces in the 18-member squad are Arjun Halappa, Bimal Lakra, S. Thirumalvalavan, Paramjeet Singh, Kanwalpreet Singh, Samir Dad and Brojen Singh.

For the first time the team will have logo sponsors � Castrol.

Meanwhile, IHF chief K.P.S. Gill said India have not accepted the Sharjah organisers� proposal to play Pakistan in Dubai next year.


Calcutta, July 3: 
The YMCA Chgowringhee-organised Central table tennis meet will mark Arup Basak�s return from suspension. The former national champion�s six-month ban expired Sunday. Basak will be back in action at YMCA from July 5-11.    

Mysore, July 3: 
Darashah�s failed-favourite Kilmarnock may be given another chance to make amends in the 1,600m Kollegal Plate, tomorrow�s feature event.

The Razeen-Cornetto gelding partnered K. P. Appu.


2.45 pm: Kilmarnock 1. Estocade 2. Jersey Lightning 3.
3.15 pm: Cassini 1. Golden Bell 2. Waves of Emotion 3.
3.45 pm: Empress of India 1. Blushing Memories 2. Surge of Power 3.
4.15 pm: Grand Cordon 1. Aethion 2. Treasure Island 3.
4.45 pm: Austin Jennings 1. Baaja Bajaav 2. Carbon Copy 3.
5.15 pm: Measure By Measure 1. Tequila Ride 2. Pharoah 3.

Day�s Best: Kilmarnock

Double: Cassini & Empress of India

Calcutta, July 3: 
The much awaited monsoon racing season kicks off on Thursday. There are six races on the cards including two trophy events � the Bhishma Cup and the Prince Lyon Cup. First race starts at 1.50 pm.


1. Moth Handicap 1,000m (Cl IV, 5 y-o & over Rt. 22-50) 1.50 pm: Red Trident 60.5; Starina 59; Constantine 56; Aflicker 55; Flying Scot 48; Stately Honour 47.5.

2. Fusebox Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 2.30 pm: Adeline 60; All Jade 59; Floral Path 59; Ballard Lady 58; Double Dancer 58; Armila 57; Cancun 57; Stella Blue 52.5.

3. Dorania Handicap 1,200m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 3 pm: Mameena 60; Winning Hand 58; Aracruz 54.5; Double Bull 53; Crucible 51.5; Magnifico 50.5; Scarlet Raider 50.5.

4. Bhishma Cup 1,100m (Cl II, Rt. 66-94) 3.30 pm: Prince Obolensky 60; Aldebro 55; Best In Show 53; Sovereign Bullet 53; Endless Surprise 52; Lockers Park 52.

5. Prince Lyon Cup 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 4.05 pm: Ballet Master 60; Bold Apparel 59; Raaz 58.5; Russian Czar 58; On The Bit 57.5; Ardon 55.5; Aherlow 55; Just Kidding 54; Black Mane 51,

6. Zifi Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, 3-y-o only Rt. 00-28) 4.40 pm: Calamint 60; Alumnus 58.5; Grecian Prince 57; Rich Dominion 57; Secret Adversary 57; Sunset Down 57; Break Fast At Tiffany 55.5; Lively Project 55.5; Victoria Rose 54.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

Calcutta, July 3: 
Arendal was impressive in today�s track work.

Outer sand track

1,400m: No Regrets (R. Gowli) and Tsaynen Blue (Smith) in 1-55s; (400m) 30s. Former far better.Raaz (Rb) in 1-54s; (400m) 33. Easy. Annalee (C. Alford) and Anolini (Shan-ker) in 1-42s; (400m) 27s. Former was well ahead. Auctioneer (A. P. Singh) in 1-43s; (400m) 28s. Good. Alyssum (C. Alford) and Treasurer (A. P. Singh) in 1-41s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better. Automatic (A. P. Singh) and Aherlow (C. Alford) in 1-46s; (400m) 28s. Former 6 ls better. Arendal (A. P. Singh) and Actress (C. Alford) in 1-43s; (400m) 26s. Former outclassed his companion.

1,200m: Alegria (C. Alford) in 1-26s; (400m) 26s. Note. Flamebird (Gowli) in 1-35s; (400m) 26s.

1,000m: Master Bold (C. Alford) and Albright (A. P. Singh) in 1-15s; (400m) 28s. They were level.

800m: Aldebro (A. P. Singh) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Note. Annella (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Good. Crucible (A. P. Singh) and Calamint (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 24s. Former 3 ls better. Magnifico (A. P. Singh) and Andrada (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Former 2ls better. Alsheim (A. P. Singh) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Easy.

600m: Melodeon (Rb) in 47s; (400m) 30s.

Sand track

800m: Glass Slipper (K. Kumar) in 57s; (400m) 27s. On The Bit (F. Khan) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Ispahan (Gowli) in 1-3s; (400m) 30s. Harry The Horse (Gowli) in 1-3s; (400m) 30s. Mame-ena (K. Kumar) in 59s; (400m) 28s. Very fit. Stella Blue (Gajinder) and Stately Honour (P. Kumar) in 58s; (400m) 27s. They were level. Winning Hand (Gowli) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Double Dancer (Gowli) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Good. Storm Centre (Rb) and Iron Warrior (Upadhya) in 54s; (400m) 24s. They were level. Solo Act (Engineer) in 59s; (400m) 27s.

600m: Appyness (Gajinder) and Cup of Life (Rutherford) in 39s; (400m) 23s. They were level. Prince Obolensky (K. Kumar) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Armila (Engineer) in 40s; (400m) 24s. Good. All Jade (Bird) in 47s; (400m) 27s.    


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