Candidate Master (CM) Taffin Khan last evening played masterful chess to stop Davion Mars and assume sole lead of the Guyana Chess Federation’s GAICO-sponsored Swiss System tournament at the National Resource Centre Woolford Avenue. And, in the battle of two veteran players, former Guyana Chess Federation president Errol Tiwari, defeated arch rival Rai Sharma in a bruising encounter.While the main clash was a tactical battle which was won in the middle game by Khan, The Tiwari/Sharma match was a long, drawn-out affair that went into the end game before Sharma finally and reluctantly resigned.Tiwari, was content to ground his opponent relentlessly and passed up several clear cut winning opportunities in his attempt to play safe and gradually weaken his opponent’s position. At the start of yesterday’s fourth round, Mars and Khan were the only unbeaten players and, as expected, were made to fight it out as per Swiss System rules.While Mars had the white pieces he failed to make much advantage of it and Khan, playing the Old Indian Defence to Mars’s version of the English Opening, soon sacked a Knight which he was to win back with interest as he opened a relentless attack on Mars’ King.To compound matters Mars was unable to castle and, facing the possibility of a discovered check, moved his King to safety allowing Khan to win back the Knight and to go on to win another piece. Faced with a Queen and Rook attack on his virtually defenceless King, Mars resigned.In other results Saeed Ali defeated Adrian Roopnarine to move to two points while Roopnarine remained on one point.Candidate Master Ronuel Greenidge found a bit of opposition from Steve Leung but in the end prevailed with mate threatening. The other games were still in progress as of press time.
Guyana’s Andrew King reigned supreme in the Group 4 category but 16 year-old Zane Maloney stole the show after starring in the SR3 Radical class yesterday at the South Dakota Circuit where the GMR&SC’s Clash of Champions was staged. Racing fans left the Timehri venue satisfied after the 30-race programme was concluded but they were buzzing about the daredevilry of the teen from Barbados.Maloney, the current British F4 Champion, thrilled the fans and gave them their monies worth after emphatically racing away with all three of the radical races. The teenage speed demon started on pole and won the first race three seconds ahead of second place Luke Bhola of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T).
Akili Haynes and Priyanka Shivnauth wrapped up 2019 in triumphant fashion after clinching individual under – 19 titles in the West Indian Sports Complex, Christmas Open doubles and under-19 singles badminton tournament at the National Gymnasium Sunday evening. Haynes, who took the boys under-19 title, accounted for his counterpart Tyrese Jeffery 2-0 in a competitive tussle. The eventual winner took the seesaw first set which was at one point tied 18 apiece, 21-18, to draw first blood. Haynes came out aggressive in the second set and dominated proceedings, taking an 11-3 lead before closing out the match 21-12. Haynes and Jeffrey, moments after their under-19 final, returned to the court this time as partners to contest the open men’s doubles final. The under – 19 duo enjoyed success together as they defeated season campaigners Jonathan Mangra and Avinash Odit in a thriller 19-21, 21-7, 21-25. Shivnauth, on the other hand, came from a set down and defeated Alea Ruplal 15-21, 21-19, 21-19 to clinch the girls under – 19 crown. Jayde Da Silva came in third in that category. Meanwhile, the open ladies’ doubles title went to Ayanna Watson and Christina Kumar who defeated Emaily Ramdhani and Anna Pereira in the final 21:19, 21:16. The other title match of the evening witnessed Mangra and Ambika Ramraj downing Odit and Kumar 21-9, 21-13 to take the mixed doubles finals.
DUBAI, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Iran’s only female Olympic medallist has said on social media she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used by its authorities as a propaganda tool. Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, implied in an Instagram post that she had moved to Europe. She wrote on an account she has used for some time, but it was not immediately possible to verify her location.“No one has invited me to Europe and I haven’t been given a tempting offer. But I accept the pain and hardship of homesickness because I didn’t want to be part of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery,” she said.Mahin Farhadizadeh, a deputy Iranian sports minister, said: “I have not read Kimia’s post, but as far as I know she always wanted to continue her studies in physiotherapy,” the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Alizadeh said the Islamic Republic’s authorities had attributed her success to their management and the fact that she wore the Islamic veil, which is obligatory in Iran.“I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran whom they’ve been playing for years… I wore whatever they told me and repeated whatever they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated,” she wrote.“None of us matter for them, we are just tools.” She said that while the government exploited her medals politically, officials would humiliate her with remarks such as “It is not virtuous for a woman to stretch her legs!”Alizadeh said at the time of her medal in the 57kg category that it had made her happy for Iranian girls.On Sunday she appeared torn by her decision. “Should I start with hello, goodbye or condolences? Hello oppressed people of Iran, goodbye noble people of Iran, my condolences to you people who are always mourning,” she wrote.In the past week, 176 people, many Iranians with dual citizenship, were killed when the Iranian military mistakenly shot a Ukrainian airliner down, and at least 56 died in a stampede at the funeral for an Iranian military commander killed by a U.S. air strike.Alizadeh is the third top Iranian sports person to stop representing the country in recent months. In December, Iran’s Chess Federation said top rated chess champion Alireza Firouzja had decided not to play for Iran over its informal ban on competing against Israeli players.Three months earlier, the International Judo Federation said Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei had refused to return home over fears for his safety after he ignored orders from his national federation to pull out of fights to avoid a potential final meeting with an Israeli. (Reporting by Dubai Newsroom Writing by Philippa Fletcher Editing by Frances Kerry)
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India opening batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of New Zealand after suffering a calf strain in the final Twenty20 international in Mt. Maunganui, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday. Rohit retired hurt on Sunday when he was on 60 off 41 balls. He received treatment for several minutes in the 17th over but hobbled off three deliveries later and was unable to continue.“He underwent an MRI scan in Hamilton on Monday. The opening batsman has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI and test series and will be referred to the National Cricket Academy for further management of his injury,” the BCCI said in a statement.India, who swept New Zealand 5-0 in the T20 series, play three ODIs starting Wednesday in Hamilton and selectors have named Mayank Agarwal as Rohit’s replacement in the 50-overs squad. Prithvi Shaw, who was sidelined first by an ankle injury and then a doping ban last year, was named in the 16-member test squad and is expected to open with Agarwal with fellow 20-year-old Shubhman Gill as the reserve opener.Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah returns to the test squad after a stress fracture on his lower back kept him out of the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh last year.Quick Ishant Sharma was also named in the squad but his participation is subject to him clearing a fitness test after suffering an ankle injury during a domestic match last month. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav was left out but Rishabh Pant retained his place in the side though Wriddhiman Saha remains India’s preferred test wicketkeeper.Wellington hosts the first test from Feb. 21 and the second begins in Christchurch eight days later.India will also be without all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the test series as he recovers from a back injury. On the New Zealand team, a shoulder injury has ruled out skipper Kane Williamson from the first two one-dayers. He will be replaced by left-handed batsman Mark Chapman.India test squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ishant Sharma (subject to fitness).
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – A third of international male cricketers have not been paid or suffered breaches of contract from events regulated by the global governing body or its member nations, the international players’ federation said yesterday. The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) said after the release of its ‘Men’s Global Employment Report 2020’ that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had a duty to protect those working within its regulatory framework.An ICC spokesman told Reuters that the body was looking at the contents of the report.The report cited examples such as Bangladesh players not receiving their share of prize money from an ICC event, and their counterparts in Zimbabwe, another ICC full member, still waiting for their board to pay their contracts. It also listed unresolved payment issues in Twenty20 and 10-overs leagues in several minor cricket-playing nations including Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.“Systematic contract breaches and non-payment of players are issues that urgently need addressing,” FICA Chief Executive Tom Moffat said.“The ICC has an obligation to protect people working within its regulatory frameworks and it’s time something was done about this issue. “We continue to urge decision makers to work with FICA at global level, and players’ associations at domestic level, to develop joint solutions to issues … many of which are likely to be exacerbated by the current global situation.”FICA also called for an end to “blanket bans on players from certain countries playing abroad” and limitations on the number of overseas league contracts a player may hold.
President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) Frankie Farley in the aftermath of Guyana’s showing at the just concluded 2020 FIDE Online Olympiad said the federation’s main aim at this point is to create an enabling environment locally where players can begin to embrace competing in virtual spaces. The 2020 Olympiad had to be contested online due to coronavirus pandemic. Guyana competed in division four- Pool E alongside nine other contesting teams and placed sixth in that category when the curtains came down Sunday evening.Although the performance was commended by the local fraternity, Farley believes that more exposure will land the team in good stead moving forward.“Because of this new environment (COVID – 19), and if we had more practice over the years, we would have done better. It’s a different environment from being over the board so you really need a lot of practice and our programme between now and the end of the year is designed to give players the opportunity to compete online,” Farley told Stabroek Sport. As part of the federation’s plans, online tournaments will be held every two weeks beginning the last week in August which Farley believes will be an ideal preparation platform to prepare the players for future online events. “…I’m sure by the next tournament we will be better prepared,” he noted while adding: “There are a number of international tournaments in the pipeline that are not defined as yet and most of them are centered online and we have our own online events,” Farley said.Asked about his impressions of Guyana’s showing at the recently concluded event, the President said: “It was excellent.” He added, “I think we actually had some difficulties technologically since that was the first time we did it but we overcame that and the result showed that we had two excellenct performers in Wendell [Meusa] and Ethan Lee so I think it was a great experience for us.” Meusa was Guyana’s star performer winning all six of his games while Lee won three of his four encounters. Jessica Callender was another top performer for the locals, winning two of her three games. Another aim of the federation is to produce grandmasters. Farley explained that Guyana does not have one at the moment and is desperate to have a player (s) who can represent the highest title in the sport.“Our goal is to produce grandmasters and I think we can do it,” he declared.
Share Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Week 9 takes us to Catterick, as Stephen Harris tries to keep bettingexpert on top of the Tipster Challenge leaderboard! He will be taking on SBC News, Timeform and Guest tipster, Jessica Bridge.Jessica, part of the PR team at Ladbrokes, has made live or recorded broadcasts across every major UK television and radio platform, including BBC News, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, Sky Sports News, CNN, CNBC, BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT.Our experts have provided the following picks for the 7 races. Follow the results of these tips throughout the Catterick race meet via @SBCGAMINGNEWS:____________________________________2:00SBC News: Fair LochForecasted rain is a worry, but has been in good form over the autumn.bettingexpert: DenyShould be fitter for recent return and has a terrific record at this track.Timeform: Fair LochScored in claiming/selling company during the autumn and hasn’t been disgraced in handicaps subsequently.Ladbrokes: DenyShould be in the frame despite unlucky debut here last month.____________________________________2:30SBC News: RoxyfetFour Sedgefield wins this season and is taken to edge out My Friend George.bettingexpert: My Friend GeorgeMore straightforward than Roxyfet and can make the running here.Timeform: RoxyfetMay still be ahead of the handicapper given the manner of his last 2 wins and he can add another success to his tally. My Friend George is a clear next best.Ladbrokes: My Friend GeorgeWill suit the step back up in trip against this small field.____________________________________3:00SBC News: FlemensfirthleaderWould have won on debut but for fall, and responded with victory at Sedgefield late last month.bettingexpert: FlemensfirthleaderHas been found a great opening to follow up an impressive Sedgefield win.Timeform: FlemensfirthleaderGained deserved compensation for her hurdling debut mishap when scoring comfortably at Sedgefield recently, and, with the promise of more to come, she gets the nod to quickly add to her tally.Ladbrokes: FlemensfirthleaderOdds-on favourite for a reason. Hard to see anyone else coming close to a victory.____________________________________3:30SBC News: DiscoverieHas been runner up on four of five starts for new stable. Due a win?bettingexpert: DiscoverieHas been knocking hard at the door and could dominate here on his own.Timeform: Nefyn BayGenerally progressive over hurdles last year and is bred to make a chaser. Bollin Line and Casual Cavalier are other likely players.Ladbrokes: Bollin LineNot much between the top two, but Discoverie has history of being the bridesmaid so Bollin Line should have enough in the engine.____________________________________4:00SBC News: Cumbrian FarmerTaken to bounce back today, although he did start as 9/4 favourite last week and didn’t challenge.bettingexpert: Cumbrian FarmerFound the trip too sharp last time and can bounce back to form over this CD.Timeform: ShinookiRelished the return to hurdles when winning with any amount in hand over 3m at Southwell recently and will prove hard to beat under a penalty if turning up in the same mood.Ladbrokes: ShinookiGood jockey on board and should be a different horse to last time out.____________________________________4:30SBC News: Carlton RyanWon at Leicester, progressing nicely and should defy the penalty here, albeit at short odds.bettingexpert: Carlton RyanLooked useful at Leicester and has time on his side aged just 8.Timeform: Carlton RyanMade a pretty seamless transition to regulation fences when scoring at Leicester last month, and is very likely to leave the bare form of that behind, so looks up to conceding weight all round.Ladbrokes: Carlton RyanHard to ignore as he should take advantage of the longer trip.____________________________________5:00SBC News: KelkaShould have the pace and stamina to challenge. Stable has decent record in this sphere.bettingexpert: UndisputedGot stuck in deep ground last time when heavily backed and can do a lot betterTimeform: FloramossShaped with plenty of promise on debut in January, and with above-average improvement forthcoming, could well be the answer, especially as Llanarmon requires a thorough test in this sphere.Ladbrokes: KelkaStable does well in these sorts of races and the money is already coming in despite being unraced.____________________________________ Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020
Share Submit iSport Genius steps up US expansion with DraftKings partnership September 14, 2018 iSport Genius announces extension with Ladbrokes Australia September 6, 2017 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Johnny Avello lands key role at DraftKings October 3, 2018 With the semi-finals about to kick in at Euro 2016 tournament, SBC brings some more bite-size facts about teams in the final four, as provided by iSportGenius.Portugal vs Wales: Kick-off Wednesday July 6, 8:00pm BSTSeven of the last 11 semi-finals at the UEFA Euros have gone to extra time, five of which went to penalties.Each of Portugal’s last six matches at the UEFA Euros have resulted in a draw after normal time.Portugal has previously played in four semi-finals at the UEFA Euros, losing three of them, with all three defeats coming in either extra time or penalties.Germany vs France: Kick-off Thursday July 7, 8:00pm BSTGermany has emerged triumphant in each of its last three meetings with France at major tournaments.Germany has previously played in seven semi-finals at the UEFA Euros, winning five despite never keeping a clean sheet.Including friendlies, France has scored at least two goals in eight of its last nine internationals.