In the end, Iniyan was tied to first place by Spanish GM Lopez Martinez but triumphed on better tiebreaks. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Iniyan wins Swiss and blitz at the Andorra Open
GM P. Iniyan won the Andorra International Open and Grand Prix blitz chess tournament at the Andorra La Vella here on Sunday.
The classical tournament was a nine-round Swiss system with classical time control. There were 146 players from 22 countries playing here. Of this, there were 9 GM’s, 24 IM’s.
Iniyan scored seven points out of nine rounds. In the nine games, he had won five games including against a Norwegian IM, Spanish IM and Chilean IM and made four draws with Norwegian IM, Spanish IM and two Indian IM’s, and was undefeated the whole tournament.
In the end, Iniyan was tied to first place by Spanish GM Lopez Martinez but triumphed on better tiebreaks.
In the blitz event, Iniyan scored eight out of nine to finish first. In the tournament, Iniyan had seven wins including against Israeli GM and Andorran GM, American IM and Slovakian IM and drew two games against French IM and Indian IM and remained undefeated.
Mumbai City appoint Rogerio Ramos as Goalkeeping Coach
Mumbai City FC announced the appointment of Rogerio Ramos Dal Solio as the Club’s new goalkeeping coach on Monday.
Hailing from Brazil, Ramos has previously held the role of the goalkeeping coach of the Indian National Football Team. The former professional goalkeeper has also coached at Indian clubs like Vasco and Mahindra United along with stints at ES Santo Andre SP and EC Novo Hamburgo RS in Brazil, NEA Salamina in Cyprus and the Sudanese National Football Team.
Ramos comes with an abundance of experience, especially in India and joins the Islanders after having most recently plied his trade at fellow Indian Super League side Odisha FC.
The 48-year-old will join Des Buckingham’s First Team coaching staff along with Hiroshi Miyazawa (assistant coach), Anthony Fernandes (assistant coach) and Danny Deigan (strength & conditioning coach).
– Team Sportstar
AITA women’s tournament: Kanika Rapria beats Nikita Agrawal in qualifier
Kanika Rapria fought hard to get past qualifier Nikita Agrawal 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Monday.
In the pre-quarterfinals, Kanika will challenge third seed Sahira Singh who dropped one game in beating Tamanna Panwar.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Nagal progresses in Czech Republic Challenger
Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal won two qualifying round matches to set up a main draw clash against Lorenzo Gustino of Italy in the € 45,730 Challenger tennis tournament in Czech Republic.
It was a welcome return to form on clay for the 24-year-old Sumit who has slipped to 561 in rank, from a career best 122. After his hip surgery in Germany and rehabilitation, Sumit had managed to win four matches in the earlier eight tournaments this season, since his return to the professional circuit in April.
In the $53,120 Challenger in Lexington, US, Sasikumar Mukund managed to get an alternate entry in the main draw, and will play Denmark’s Mikael Torpegaard.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Probal Dutta appointed as Bengal women’s team head coach
Former Bengal player Probal Dutta was appointed the state women’s team’s head coach on Monday.
Dutta, who worked as a Bengal selector and Manipur under-23 men’s team coach, will have Rituparna Roy as his deputy. Shib Sagar Singh has been appointed the bowling consultant of the Bengal women’s team across all age groups.
– Team Sportstar
World Athletics U20 C’Ships: Waskale finishes seventh in heat and 26th overall
Arjun Waskale finished seventh in his heat, and 26th overall, and failed to qualify for the men’s 1500m final at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships which began in Cali, Colombia, on Monday.
Waskale, the under-20 Federation Cup champion with a personal best 3:46.31s, clocked 3:51.10s.
He was in the first batch of the Indian team which, after a 28-hour travel, reached Cali only on Sunday evening.
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