Samput stuns Deshmukh
Samput Mallick caused a major stir in the opening round of the WICA-organised All India Fide-rated chess championship at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra Wednesday. The Bengal boy, playing white, beat 11th seed and International Master Anup Deshmukh of Maharashtra.
Samput went for an early attack against Anup’s Sicilian Defence Dragon Variation opening and forced his rival to surrender a pawn on 13th move. He won another pawn four moves later. With better advantage on board, Samput forced Anup to resign on 28th move.
All other seeded players, however, made a smooth entry into second round. In all, 182 players, including GM-elect G.B. Prakash and other five IMs are taking part in the meet.
Debjani, Samir steal show
Debjani Bhaduri and Samir Das stole the show on the second day of the state senior swimming championship at Subhas Sarobar Wednesday.
Debjani erased the 1500m freestyle state record, clocking a new time of 20 minutes 32.95 seconds. Samir, on the other hand, bagged gold in 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
Results (champions only)
Men — 400m freestyle: Aviroop Dutta Majumdar (4:35.88); 200m freestyle: Samir Das (2:09.30); 100m freestyle: Samir Das (58.75); 50m backstroke: Samir Das (30.44). Women — 50m butterfly: Rajashree Chakraborty (33.35); 1500m freestyle: Debjani Bhaduri (20:32.95); 100m freestyle: Jhuma Naskar (1:14.08); 50m breaststroke: Puspa Barik (40.53); 50m backstroke: Debolina Rajak (34.98); 200m individual medley: Chaitali Ghosh (2:46.16); 200m backstroke: Mita Mallick (2:45.20).
Advani enters pre-quarters
Pankaj Advani blanked out Ireland’s Ian Smith 5-0 in the final knock-out stage game to enter the pre-quarter finals of the world under-21 snooker championship, being held in Riga, Latvia. The India No. 1 will next take on David Donovan of Wales.
According to information received here, India’s Manan Chandra lost to Steven Bennie of Scotland 2-5, while Saurav Kothari went down fighting to current Asian under-21 champion Chinese Ding Junhui 3-5.
80 entries for women’s boxing
The first-ever east zone senior women’s boxing championship will be held at the School of Physical Culture at Subodh Mullick Square from August 31 to September 2.
About 80 women pugilists will fight for top honours in nine categories. Boxers from 12 states — Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya — will take part in the meet. Manipur girl Marium Malcolm, who won the lightweight silver in the last women’s world meet in Budapest, is the star attraction.
Dutta returns to coaching
Amal Dutta Wednesday returned to club coaching, taking charge of the Super Division team Ever-Ready Association. He had a brief session with the players this morning.
Dutta had been out of club assignment since he parted ways with Tollygunge Agragami earlier this year. Ever-Ready are currently struggling at the bottom of the league.
ITC Ltd and BOC India registered narrow wins in the corporate indoor cricket tournament, being held at Space Circle, on Wednesday. ITC Ltd scored 74 and bundled out Wipro for 65. BOC India, on the other hand, beat Perfetti by 14 runs, having scored 96 in their innings.
About 500 students took part in the 13th Central School annual athletics meet, held in Ichapur, North 24 Parganas, Wednesday. The school will host a kabaddi meet for boys and girls from Friday to Saturday.
TODAY IN SPORT
FOOTBALL: CFL Super Division — Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan Sporting (Salt Lake Stadium from 5 pm). 1st division group A — Police AC vs Calcutta Customs (SAP-1); ECLSA vs BNR (Md. Sporting); Bata SC vs Wari AC (Tarun Sangha); George Telegraph vs Howrah Union (East Bengal); Railway FC vs Peerless SC (Mohun Bagan). Matches from 3.30 pm, unless otherwise mentioned.
CHESS: WBCA All-India Fide-rated meet — 2nd and 3rd rounds at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra from 9.30 am.
SWIMMING: State senior meet at Subhas Sarobar, Beleghata.
CRICKET: Corporate meet — Losers’ plate semi-finals at Space Circle from 7.30 pm.
BASKETBALL: Inter-school meet at The Assembly of God Church School ground from 7.30 am.
DART: Merchants Cup at WBDA from 6.30 pm.