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Nubairshah wins Satish Sabnis Chess Championship crown

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mumbai: Nubairshah Shaikh emerged champion in the  5th Satish Sabnis Open Rapid Chess Championship played at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. The talented Nubairshah did well to accumulate a total of 8 points in the 9-round competition to finish in first place.

Rakesh Kulkarni and Om Kharola, both finished with 7.5 points each, but the former was declared runner-up on the basis of better progressive scores. Om Kharola had to settle for the third position.

A separate competition was held for the blind where Satish Baghule was the winner with 5 points and Sagar Mangurde finished as the runner up.
Like in the previous editions, this year, too, the competition was of quite a high level as the young lot talent and bright minds tried their best to outwit each other at the chess boards.

Franco Sports down ICL 1-0
Franco Sports Club put up a spirited display and managed to snatch a close 1-0 win against Indian Cultural League in a First Division match of the MDFA Leagues played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel. Striker Swapnil Koppikar struck the crucial winning goal in the 70th minute to secure Fanco’s victory and to collect all the three points.

Earlier in a Second Division match, a dominant Naval Dockyard blanked Freunds SA 5-0. Dhiraj Jagitiala, Ganesh Vyadande, Ramesh Krishnamoorthy, Tirlochan Nayak and James Kujur, all chipped in by scoring a goal each to complete Naval Dockyard’s win.

Results – Div-I: Franco SC 1 (Swapnil Koppikar) beat Indian Cultural League 0. Div-II: Milan FA 5 (Rashid Chafekar 2, Ritish Mavle, Shubham Salvi, Saurav Nikam) beat Oscar Foundation ‘A’  1 (Aakasj Rathod). Naval Dockyard 5 (Dhiraj Jagitiala, Ganesh Vyadande, Ramesh Krishnamoorthy, Tirlochan Nayak, James Kujur) beat Freunds SA 0. Das FA 3 (Erhard Fernandes 2, Aditya Jambhle) beat Dadar XI ‘B’ 1 (Revelino Fernandes).

Naisha shortlisted for YoungChamps programme
IDBI Federal Life Insurance today announced the names of the 26 talented children who have been shortlisted to play in front of Pullela Gopichand and his team of elite coaches at the prestigious Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, for the next round of evaluation of the IDBI Federal Quest For Excellence Young Champs badminton programme. Among the 26 is Mumbai's Naisha Kaur Bhatoye who was the lone individual to be selected from the city.

YoungChamps is a grassroots-level initiative which was launched by the IDBI Federal Quest for Excellence programme and the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, to identify budding badminton players in the country, and motivate kids to perform and ace the game.

Shah, Pawar smoothly sail into third round
Khushit Shah of Bhiwandi and Santosh Pawar of Khar Gymkhana smoothly sailed into the third round recording identical 4-1 wins in their respective second round, best-of-7 frames, matches of the Matunga Gymkhana 6-Red Open Snooker Tournament.

The Bhiwandi cueist Shah started with a break of 25 in the first frame and then maintained the momentum to defeat Pramod Pol of Elphinstone CC 4-1 (59(25)-6, 36-24, 37-6, 14-32, 40-5). In another second round tie, Pawar with some steady performance tamed Ibrahim Sheikh of Madpeshwar Civic Federation 4-1 (36-23, 53-6, 34-3, 1-50, 47-36).

Meanwhile in first round encounters, seasoned cueist Shekhar Surve of Western Railway enjoyed a good run as he prevailed over Ankit Khokhani of Jolly Gymkhana coasting to a 4-1 (18-30, 34-32, 42(37)-0, 59-26, 26-14 victory.

In keenly contested matches, Vijay Lilava of Aquaria Club fought hard to get the better of Deepak Chaudhry 4-3 (29-15, 26-18, 2-31, 36-13, 32-43, 24-33, 33-14) and Jagdish Khade of Thane also faced a strong challenge from Priyanshu Jaiswal of Godrej Hillside Club before pulling through 4-3 (15-37, 52-16, 9-27, 14-36, 51-12, 43-7, 31-21).

Former TT Champ Vilas Mantri passes away
Former table tennis champion Vilas Mantri, who represented Maharashtra in the early 60s is no more. He passed away yesterday in the hospital in Mumbai, where he was being treated for his ailment. He was 67. He is survived by his wife Sudha, sons Shreyas, Vineet, daughters in law and grand daughters. For the past few years, Vilas was not keeping good health and was hospitalized on few occasions.

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