Thipsay topples 4th seed
New FIH rules in Chennai meet
Sudip, Payel have it easy
Big turnout at Derby expected
Sachin yet to confirm availability
10 Indians for junior chess
Paes-Bhupathi make quarters
Calcutta Races/ Andrada romps home with ‘Fillies Stakes'

Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Former national champion Praveen Thipsay of India caused the first tremor in the third Asian chess championship for men at Gorky Sadan today.

The veteran GM outplayed fourth-seeded Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan in a Miniature game in 25 moves. In another upset, Bangladesh IM Reefat Bin Sattar made short work of GM Dao Thien Hai of Vietnam.

Double GM norm holder Sandipan Chanda held Chinese GM Wu Wenjin and GM Dibyendu Barua scored a comfortable victory over S. Izmukhambetov of Kazakhstan. On the top board, GM Xu Jun beat IM Surya Sekhar Ganguly.

India’s best bet, Krishnan Sasikiran, was held by the tournament’s only woman participant Hoang Thanh Trang of Vietnam. GM Abhijit Kunte was held by Fernie Dongunes and Pendalya Harikrishna survived a scare against Abdulla Al Rakib of Bangladesh.

Following some late withdrawals the total number of entries came down to 74.

Thipsay, playing with white pieces in a Sicilian Defence, sniffed a chink in Kostur’s kingside defence and launched an attack. Kostur had weakened his kingside considerably by playing h5. With Kostur’s king at the centre, Thipsay had little difficulty in breaking open the position and netting the full point.

“I was surprised by his h5 which is very unusual in this opening. I presume he wanted to surprise me,” Thipsay told The Telegraph later.

Bangladesh youngster Reefat had different plans for his illustrious opponent Dao Thien Hai. Reefat surprised his opponent in the Siclian Defence by playing b3 — a very unusual move — as early as in the second move. Caught unaware, Dao Thien got trapped into a kingside attack built against the castled king and resigned on the 34th move.

Chanda held the Chinese GM from the black side of the Catalan Opening. Wejin held the advantage in the opening stage but lost the initiative in the middlegame. From an inferior position, Wenjin drew by perpetual check by giving up his rook on the 39th move.

The city-based Barua scored a convincing win over the Kazakh in his favourite Guico Piano opening with black pieces. Barua built an attack against Izmukhambetov’s king after which the latter was forced to give up the exchange. Barua then methodically converted his material advantage into a win.


Xu Jun (1) bt Surya Sekhar Ganguly (0); Jamshed Isaev (0.5) drew Peng Xiaomin (0.5); Evgeny Vladimirov (1) bt Niaz Murshed (0); Praveen Thipsay (1) bt Pavel Kotsur (0); Utut Adianto (0.5) drew Vladimir Egin (0.5); Hoang Thanh Trang (0.5) drew Krishnan Sasikiran (0.5); Reefat Bin Sattar (1) bt Dao Thien Hai (0); Darmen Sadvakasov (0.5) drew D.V. Prasad (0.5); Imad Hakki (1) bt Buenavvent Villamayor (0); Wu Wenjin 0.5 drew with Sandipan Chanda 0.5; Fernie Donguines (0.5) drew Abhijit Kunte (0.5).


Sriram Jha (0.5) drew Safin Shukhrat (0.5); P. Harikrishna (0.5) drew Abdulla Al Rakib (0.5); Lanka Ravi (0) lost to Yu Shaoteng (1); Liang Jingrong (0.5) drew P. Konguvel (0.5); Salaua Izmukhambetov (0) lost to Dibyendu Barua (1); Orazly Annageldyev (1) bt Neeraj Mishra (0).


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
The International Hockey Federation’s (FIH’s) trial rules will be applied for the first time in India at the 79th MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup beginning in Chennai next Thursday and ending on August 25.

The three experimental rules are being tried out this year at the national level in different countries. The most revolutionary one allows teams to score from within the 25-yard (or 23-metre) area, instead of from the ‘D’.

Rule No. 2 imposes a restriction on the number of defenders in the 25-yard area.

As Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) secretary Gurbux Singh explained at a press conference this evening, three players have to be outside the 25-yard area throughout the course of a game. If one of those three enters the restricted area unintentionally at any time, he or the team won’t be penalised as long as he doesn’t interfere with the game.

The other rule being tried out is the re-introduction of the long corner.

The FIH will take a decision on whether or not to introduce these rules at the international level only after getting a feedback from the national associations.

Thomas to lead Bengal

The Bengal squad, which leaves Monday to take part in the Murugappa Gold Cup, will be led by CESC half-back Christopher Thomas.

The 18-member squad, being sponsored by Officer’s Choice, has five players each from league champions CESC and SAI.

“The team is being sent to Chennai as part of preparations for the National Games,” said Gurbux.

Bengal are among eight teams to have qualified for the National Games.


Goalkeepers: Vikrant Tete (FCI), Chandan Debnath (East Bengal). Full-backs: Kishore Kujur (CESC), Manoj Kujur (SAI), Albert Tete (CESC). Half-backs: Ashok Toppo (SAI), Christopher Thomas (captain, CESC), Niral Bhengra (CESC), Ayaz Ahmed (Calcutta Customs), Prakash Toppo (Calcutta Port Trust), Edmond Karketta (SAI), Pintoo Debnath (FCI). Forwards: Gurdhyan Singh (FCI), Rajat Minz (BNR), Anil Ekka (CESC), Paulus Soy (SAI), Stephen Kujur (SAI), Mukti Toppo (Port Trust). Coach: Divnain Singh. Manager: P.S. Rawat.


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Sudip Bhattacharjee and Payel Banerjee, the top seeds in boys’ and girls’ singles, faced no resistance in the 64th state junior badminton championships today.

On Day I of the meet, organised by the Badminton Players Association (West Bengal) and sponsored by IBP, Sudip swept past Pankaj Jana 15-0, 15-3 and Payel blanked Saon Sanyal 11-0, 11-0.


BOYS: Samrat Adhikary bt Anirban Khatua 15-0, 15-7; Avishek Roy bt T. Konar 15-0, 15-0. GIRLS: Pallabi Sengupta bt Sohini Chatterjee 11-3, 11-2. SUB-JR BOYS: Aihik Pal bt Debjyoti Ghosh 15-0, 15-0; Joydeep Nandy bt Tomoghna Nath 15-2, 15-4; Debashish Maiti bt Dwipayan Chandra 15-6, 15-5. SUB-JR GIRLS: Rumpa Ghosh bt Sarmishtha Debnath 9-11, 11-0, 11-0; Sunanda Bhowmick bt Lopamudra Neogi 11-3, 11-2. MINI BOYS: Sanjoy Jana bt Dhritiman Bhattacharjee 15-5, 15-4. MINI GIRLS: Aditi Das bt Payel Ghosh 11-2, 11-5; Mohar Mala Mukherjee bt Sujata Pandey 11-4, 11-2.

Natl ranking kho-kho

The West Bengal Kho-Kho Association will organise the first national-ranking meet at Khudiram Anusilan Kendra on Monday and Tuesday.

Four teams — Bank Sports Board, Karnataka Police, Madhya Bharat and Bengal — will take part in the round-robin league format meet. Announcing this at a press conference today, Kho-Kho Federation of India president Asoke Ghosh said that the sport, along with kabaddi, will be the two demonstration sports at November’s Afro-Asian Games. State minister Naren Dey, president of the West Bengal association, was also present.

Ranjit Singh in lead

Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh today returned a second-round score of four-under 68 to displace overnight leader Pappan atop the leaderboard in the Hindu Open in Chennai, the inaugural event of the Hero Honda Golf Tour, according to information reaching here.

Ranjit now aggregates seven-under 137, a stroke better than Pappan’s tally 138. The Rs 7.5 lakh event is being played at the par-72, 6,654-yard Cosmo-TNGF Golf Course.

Patna’s Mohd Islam and Calcutta’s Yusuf Ali were tied at third place at four-under 140, while the talented Delhi golfer Vinod Kumar occupied the sole fifth spot at 141. Mhow’s Mukesh Kumar was a shadow of the golfer he was yesterday, returning a two-over 74 to slip to tie at sixth spot (142) with arch rival Vijay Kumar of Lucknow. Vijay carded a two-under 70.

Among the rookies, Sheeraz Kalra was tied eighth at 143 while Rahil Gangjee the other rookie was tied 30th. Overnight second placed Bunty Randhawa was tied eighth at 143.


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
The IFA expects a one-lakh turnout for Saturday’s Super Division Derby at the Salt Lake Stadium. About 32,000 tickets have been sold to the public in two days, and another 45,000 more will be on offer from tomorrow. The clubs’ quotas and complimentaries will push the figure to seven digits.

I.M. Vijayan and Jo Paul Ancheri’s inclusion in the East Bengal ranks and their potential clash with Jose Ramirez Barreto and Abdulateef Seriki has sure whetted the appetite of soccer lovers. East Bengal, four points adrift of leaders Mohun Bagan, added firepower to their attack by signing Tanzanian Ally Mayay Tempble and Bijen Singh today. Tempble may be fielded if Omolaja Olalekan recovers from viral fever.

Official fails to turn up

Not for the first time this season, a league match fell through because of the absence of an official. The Taltala DS and Barisha teams were both present at the Kishore Bharati Stadium for their first division group B tie with the referee and one of his assistants. The second assistant, however, never made an appearance. In the other group B tie, Calcutta Police beat Bally Protiva 2-1.

Md. Sp. back at home

Mohammedan Sporting will take on FCI at their home ground tomorrow. This is the first time the black-and-white brigade will be at their own backyard this season. Coach Chandu Roy Chowdhury will be hoping his team’s fortunes take a U-turn from the morrow.


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Till late tonight, Sachin Tendulkar had not conveyed his Test series-specific availability to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“I’m still waiting for a call from Sachin,” BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele told The Telegraph from his Vadodara residence at around 11.00 pm.

Lele, who was in Mumbai during the day, missed an ‘appointment’ with Sachin in the morning, but did speak to the master bat in the afternoon.

“Sachin appeared keen to make the trip to Sri Lanka, but was also clear in his mind that he would only take a decision after consulting his doctors this evening,” Lele informed.

According to Lele, Sachin had promised to contact him after his session with the doctors whom he has been regularly consulting for almost a month.

Sachin, it may be recalled, suffered an injury in the right big toe region at the fag end of the Zimbabwe tour. Later, after a bone scan, the injury was actually diagnosed as a fracture.

Sachin, of course, had made himself unavailable for most of the recently-concluded tri-series even before the scan.


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Ten Indian boys and girls will take part in the world junior (under-20) chess championship to be held in Athens from August 16-29.

The list of girls include M. Kasturi, S. Meenakshi and Tanya Sachdev who took the first three places in the Asian junior meet. Other girl participants are WGM Koneru Humpy, WGM norm holder Aarthie Ramaswamy and Nimmy A. George.

THE SQUAD: BOYS: Tejas Bakre, P. Magesh Chandran, M.R. Venkatesh, K. Ratnakaran. GIRLS: Koneru Humpy, S. Meenakshi, Nimmy A. George, M. Kasturi, Tanya Sachdev, Aarthie Ramaswamy.


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are back to winning ways. After three defeats in a row, two first-round reversals — at Wimbledon and Montreal Masters — they are into the quarters of the Cincinnati Masters.

According to information received here, the sixth-seeded Indians ousted Americans Alex O’Brien and Justin Gimelstob 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the round of 16 today. Earlier, they beat Luke and Murphy Jensen — 6-7 (3-6), 6-0, 6-1.


Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Contrary to expectations, the piping hot-favourite Andrada won today’s classic, the 1,400m Calcutta Fillies Trial Stakes far more comfortably. The Vijay Singh-trainee was judiciously handled by Cristopher Alford who manoeuvred the pace to his advantage right from the start of the race.

In a two-horse race, the champion jockey slowed down the pace up-front in the first-half of the trip but accelerated nearing the home-turn to take apprentice Surender Singh on Ascoril by surprise. Only half-an-hour ago Cristopher had guided Mujeeb’s short-priced horse Cup of Life to a narrow victory.

The other professionals to notch up brace of wins were Javed Khan and Daniel David. While Daniel’s winners were lesser fancied, Javed saddled a popular double through Fencai and Aliqa — both facile winners in their respective events.


1. Stolen Hours Handicap 1,200m: (5-3-4-1) Beau Bruno (Saran S.) 1; Alborada (Locke) 2; Bird’s Empire (Connorton) 3; Solo Act (Rutherford) 4. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; 1/2; (1-21). Tote: Win Rs 58; Place: 24; 55; Quinella: 276; Tanala: 1,053. Fav: Bird’s Empire (4). Winner trained by Daniel D.
2. Welfare Lady Handicap 1,400m: (6-4-1-2) Fencai (F. Khan) 1; Lovely Duchess (P. Alford) 2; Ballard Lady (B. Gurang) 3; Finders Keepers (Asghar) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 5-3/4; Dist; (1-32.3). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 19; 18; Quinella: 48; Tanala: 602. Fav: Fencai (6). Winner trained by Javed K. (Note: The winner survived an objection lodged by the rider of the second placed horse).
3. Star Flame Cup 1,000m: (2-1-4-3) Cup of Life (C. Alford) 1; Tsavo (Amjad K.) 2; Staffordshire (Islam) 3; Mystic Hill (Yasin) 4. Won by: Nk; 7-3/4; Dist; (1-4.6). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 10; 25; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 77. Fav: Cup of Life (2). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.
4. Calcutta Fillies Trial Stakes 1,400m: (1-2) Andrada (C. Alford) 1; Ascoril (Surender) 2. Won by: 5-1/2; (1-32). Tote: Win Rs 11. Fav: Andrada (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.
5. Aztec Cup 1,100m: (7-3-9-4) Scarlet Raider (Connorton) 1; Ispahan (Rutherford) 2; Starina (P. Alford) 3; Endless Surprise (Surender) 4. Won by: Hd; 3-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-11.9). Tote: Win Rs 69; Place: 22; 17; 39; Quinella: 86; Tanala: 955. Fav: Ispahan (3). Winner trained by Daniel D.
6. Magyar Handicap 1,100m: (2-8-1-6) Aliqa (Som S.) 1; Piece of Cake (P. Kumar) 2; Flying Power (Amjad K.) 3; Heaven’s Blessing (Gowli) 4. Won by: 4-3/4; Nk; 3-3/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 13; 24; 19; Quinella: 104; Tanala: 636. Fav: Aliqa (2). Winner trained by Javed K.
Jackpot: Rs 365; (C) Rs 42.
Treble: (i) Rs 136; (ii) Rs 213.

Barrier trial after the last race

1,400m: Flamebird (Gowli) and Grand Lodge (Upadhya) in 1-33s; (400m) 25s. Former was 5 ls better.

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