Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chess News

At 2014 World Chess Championship, Sochi, Russia (November 7– November 28, 2014)


GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) l GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) 4½-6½

23.11.2014 - Game Eleven
GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) - GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) 1-0

Magnus Carlsen retaines World championship after completing victory in 11th game ... As everyone predicted Carlsen go for a win in 11th game playing with White ... In this game also Anand opted for Berlin defense ... Anand tried to surprise Carlsen with c5 on 12th move ... And after that Anand take control but again like 6th game Anand made a blunder on 27th move, Rb4 ... Again Anand lost his patience and played self destructed moves from 26th to 28th, those were Rdb8, then Rb4, and cxb4 ... Carlsen kept playing perfect moves after that and Anand resigned after 45th move ... In my view this was the last match Anand played in World championship as I doubt he will ever recover from his blunders from 6th and 11th games, though he gave brilliant fight in this championship matches.

Snooker News

At European Tour Event Four 2014, Mülheim, Germany

[R1] Aditya Mehta (IND,54) bt (A) Kishan Hirani (WAL) 4-2 (14-65, 67-1, 70-27, 63-58, 48-63, 93-21)

[R2] Aditya Mehta (IND,54) l Dominic Dale (WAL,29) 3-4 (17-73, 1-74(74), 87-28, 76-24, 71-66(66), 26-84(54), 1-89(83)

Aditya lose in the second round of Euro Tour 4 against Wales player Dominic Dale ... Aditya was 0-2 frames down but he fought back well for winning next three frames ... After that Aditya failed to keep momentum and Dale produced timely 2 fifty over breaks for winning this match ... Before this Aditya won against an amature player ... Next week he is playing in UK championship.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Badminton News

At $350K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2014, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Superseries)

[SF] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,10) l (1) Chen Long (CHN,2) 17-21 21-19 6-21

Srikanth lose his match against Chen long but he gives fighting performance in this match ... After losing the first game Srikanth kept fighting to win the second game ... Chen proved too strong in the third but considering this was Srikanth's 9th match in 10 days this was good performance ... This performance will help Srikanth to solidify his place in top-10.

Tennis News

At $10K Cambodia F1 Futures,

Singles Final
(3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) l (4) Yong-Kyu Lim (KOR,621) 64 36 26

KU started well after winning the first set against Lim but fail to keep momentum ... Kim win next two sets convincingly to lift the title ... Still creditable performance by KU after long injury break.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Chess News

At 2014 World Chess Championship, Sochi, Russia (November 7– November 28, 2014)

GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) 4½-5½

21.11.2014 - Game Ten
GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) ½-½

World champion Carlsen show amazing skill of defending in 10th game to hold Anand after 32 moves ... In this match Carlsen employed the Gruenfeld defense but in end Anand failed to crack it despite having advantage in middle of the game ... Crucial 11th game for Anand, where he is playing with Black pieces.

Badminton News

At $350K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2014, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Superseries)

[QF] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,10) bt Wei Nan (HKG,21) 21-14 21-15
[QF] (3) Saina Nehwal (IND,4) l (6) Tai Tzu Ying (TPE,9) 15-21 19-21

[SF] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,10) vs (1) Chen Long (CHN,2)

Srikanth continues with his terrific form ... He beats Wei Nan convincingly in 36 minutes ... He is facing real test against WR #2 Chinese Chen Long in the semis.

Other hand shocking loss of Saina in straight games against her Taipei opponent Tai Tzu Ying ... On paper this was winnable match but Saina struggled with her game to lose it in 39 minutes.

Tennis News

At $10K Cambodia F1 Futures,

[SF] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) bt Dylan Seong-Kwan Kim (KOR,898) 63 62

[F] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) vs (4) Yong-Kyu Lim (KOR,621)

KU score comfortable win for entering in the final ... Next he is facing Yong-Kyu Lim, who is also coming out of long injury break and he is former top-250 player.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chess News

At 2014 World Chess Championship, Sochi, Russia (November 7– November 28, 2014)

GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) 4-5

20.11.2014 - Game Nine
GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) - GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) ½-½

Carlsen surprise everyone with quick draw after 20 moves and that also draw by repetition! In this game also Anand selected Berlin defense but without novelty it was drawish game ... So now Anand is playing with White in two of remaining three games.

Golf News

At European Tour 2015 Final Qualifying Stage, Girona, Spain (Final Standing)


T16 Anirban Lahiri (IND) -9 65 68 66 73 75 72

Anirban Lahiri earn European Tour card for 2015 with final round of PAR ... This was tough tournament as players needed to play six rounds for securing the card and top 25 players get 2015 crad ... In the final round Anirban struggled ... He was +2 for the day after 13th hole and was just outside qualifying score ... Anirban kept his cool and scored birdies on 14th and 16ht holes for securing card comfortably.

Badminton News

At $350K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2014, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Superseries)

[R2] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,10) bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA,29) 21-19 23-21
[R2] (3) Saina Nehwal (IND,4) bt Beiwen Zhang (USA,14) 21-16 21-13
[R2] (7) P V Sindhu (IND,10) l Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,48) 17-21 21-13 11-21

[QF] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,10) vs Wei Nan (HKG,21)
[QF] (3) Saina Nehwal (IND,4) vs (6) Tai Tzu Ying (TPE,9)

After last week's China Superseries title win help Srikanth for entering into top-10 world ranking for the first time ... Saina also climb one place on #4 position.

Srikanth face tough fight from Thai Saensomboonsuk before winning in straight games ... In the first game Srikanth was leading 14-5 before Saensomboonsuk made a comeback and take 16-15 lead ... After that Srikanth recovered and won the first game after converting 3rd game point ... Similar story happened in the second game, Srikanth take 18-13 lead but again Saensomboonsuk tried comeback and had a game point at 20-19 ... Srikanth saved another game point at 21-20 before converting first match point ... In the quarter final he is facing Wei Nan.

Other hand Saina score comfortable straight games win over American top-15 player Beiwen Zhang ... In the quarter she is facing top-10 Taipei player Ying ... But surprising loss for Sindhu against very lowly ranked Japanese player Okuhara ... Sindhu made lots of unforced errors in this match.

Tennis News

At $10K Cambodia F1 Futures,

[QF] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) bt (6) Min-Kyu Song (KOR,764) 46 61 63

[SF] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) vs Dylan Seong-Kwan Kim (KOR,898)

KU score comeback win against Korean opponent Song ... In the semis he is facing another Korean.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Badminton News

At $350K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2014, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Superseries)

[R1] (Q) Ajay Jayaram (IND,63) l (1) Chen Long (CHN,2) 13-21 7-21
[R1] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,16) bt (7) Chou Tien Chen (TPE,8) 18-21 22-20 21-16
[R1] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,17) l Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA,32) 21-16 17-21 14-21
[R1] Gurusaidutt R. M. V (IND,52) l Sho Sasaki (JPN,19) 15-21 21-15 20-22
[R1] (3) Saina Nehwal (IND,5) bt Jamie Subandhi (MAS,52) 21-17 21-11
[R1] (7) P V Sindhu (IND,10) bt Busanan Ongbumrungpan (THA,20) 21-15 16-21 21-19

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth Reddy B. (IND) l (2) Mohammad Ahsan (INA)/ Hendra Setiawan (INA) 15-21 17-21
[R2] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ Jwala Gutta (IND) l Yin Loo Lim (MAS)/ Meng Yean Lee (MAS) 21-16 14-21 21-23

[R2] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,16) vs Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA,32)
[R2] (3) Saina Nehwal (IND,5) vs Beiwen Zhang (USA,13)
[R2] (7) P V Sindhu (IND,10) vs Nozomi Okuhara (JPN,37)

Srikanth score fighting win over in-form Chou Tien Chen in comeback win ... In the second game Chen saved two game points but Srikanth converted third ... After that Srikanth comfortably won the third game ... Other hand Kashyap lose his match after winning the first game ... So Srikanth is next meeting Saensomboonsuk ... Guru tried hard in the third game he saved three match point but failed to save fourth match point ... Ajay failed to give decent performance against Long.

Saina score comfortable win but Sindhu need three games ... Saina is meeting American girl in the second round ... And Sindhu is missing Japanese girl.

Jwala-Ashwini failed to convert two match points in third game before losing their match.

Tennis News

At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, New Delhi, India

[R2] Ankita Raina (IND) l (3) Marina Melnikova (RUS,210) 46 46
[R2] (Q) Rishika Sunkara (IND,612) l Nicha Lerrtpitaksinchai (THA,372) 64 16 06
[R2] (WC) Prerna Bhambri (IND) l (2) Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR,176) 26 46

Indians fail to raise their game and our challenge get over in the second round only.
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At $10K Cambodia F1 Futures,

[R2] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) bt (Q) Hiroki Horikiri (JPN,UNR) 61 62

[QF] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) vs (6) Min-Kyu Song (KOR,764)

KU score comfortable win against Japanese qualifier ... Next he is facing top-800 Korean for place in the semi-final.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Squash News

At $325K Men's Qatar PSA World Championship 2014 (World Open), Doha

[R3] (14) Saurav Ghosal (IND,17) l (3) Nick Matthew (ENG,3) 1-3 (11-4, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9) (52m)

Saurav gives fighting performance against defending champion Matthew ... After losing first 2 games cheaply Saurav raised his game ... He won the third game and Matthew needed extra hard-work for winning fourth game.

Chess News

At 2014 World Chess Championship, Sochi, Russia (November 7– November 28, 2014)

GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) 3½-4½

18.11.2014 - Game Eighth
GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) ½-½

After boring last long game Anand-Carlsen play safe and agree draw after 41st move ... This game played with Queen's Gambit opening ... Both players played safe moves to avoid any complication and agreed draw quickly considering last game.

Badminton News

At $350K Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2014, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Superseries)

[Q1] Ajay Jayaram (IND,63) bt Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif (MAS,53) 21-12 22-20
[Q1] (3) Sourabh Varma (IND,38) l Gao Huan (CHN,43) 15-21 18-21
[Q1] Vountus Indra Mawan (MAS)/ Prajakta Sawant (IND) bt (3) Gideon Markus Fernaldi (INA)/ Rizki Amelia Pradipta (INA)

[Q2] Ajay Jayaram (IND,63) bt Shih Kuei Chun (TPE,85) 23-21 21-7
[Q2] Vountus Indra Mawan (MAS)/ Prajakta Sawant (IND) l Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR)/ Eom Hye Won (KOR) 15-21 12-21

[R1] (Q) Ajay Jayaram (IND,63) vs (1) Chen Long (CHN,2)
[R1] Srikanth Kidambi (IND,16) vs (7) Chou Tien Chen (TPE,8)
[R1] Kashyap Parupalli (IND,17) vs Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA,32)
[R1] Gurusaidutt R. M. V (IND,52) vs Sho Sasaki (JPN,19)
[R1] (3) Saina Nehwal (IND,5) vs Jamie Subandhi (MAS,52)
[R1] (7) P V Sindhu (IND,10) vs Busanan Ongbumrungpan (THA,20)

[R1] Manu Attri (IND)/ Sumeeth Reddy B. (IND) vs (2) Mohammad Ahsan (INA)/ Hendra Setiawan (INA)
[R2] Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)/ Jwala Gutta (IND) vs Yin Loo Lim (MAS)/ Meng Yean Lee (MAS)

Good to see Ajay winning matches to qualify for main-draw ... He is having tough match against WR #2 Chen Long ...Last week's winner Srikanth is facing another in-form player Chou Tien Chen, who also win couple of titles in last three weeks ... Kashyap and Guru are facing tricky opponents.

Tennis News

At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, New Delhi, India

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND) bt Fatma Al Nabhani (OMA) 62 62
[R1] (WC) Natasha Palha (IND,520) l Maria Sakkari (GRE,298) 16 36
[R1] Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) l (6) Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 26 16
[R1] (LL) Vaniya Dangwal (IND,1149) l Nicha Lerrtpitaksinchai (THA,372) 26 16
[R1] (WC) Bhuvana Kalva (IND,UNR) l (2) Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR,176) 36 67(5)

[R2] Ankita Raina (IND) vs (3) Marina Melnikova (RUS,210)
[R2] (Q) Rishika Sunkara (IND,612) vs Nicha Lerrtpitaksinchai (THA,372)
[R2] (WC) Prerna Bhambri (IND) vs (2) Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR,176)

Only Ankita wins on the second day ... Next our all three players having tough matches.
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At $10K Cambodia F1 Futures,

[R1] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) bt Sebastien Wagner (GER,910) 60 26 64

KU start with win in three sets ... He was totally off in the second set before recovering but this rustiness is expected after his long injury break comeback.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Squash News

At $325K Men's Qatar PSA World Championship 2014 (World Open), Doha

[R2] (14) Saurav Ghosal (IND,17) bt Nasir Iqbal (PAK,44) 3-1 (11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4) (51m)
[R2] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND,49) l (2) Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY,1) 3-0 (6-11, 4-11, 1-11) (29m)

[R3] (14) Saurav Ghosal (IND,17) vs (3) Nick Matthew (ENG,3)

Saurav score win in four games against Nasir ... In pre-quarter final he is facing defending champion Nick Matthew.

Mahesh gives decent performance in first 2 games against WR #1 before losing one-sided third game.

Chess News

At 2014 World Chess Championship, Sochi, Russia (November 7– November 28, 2014)

GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) - GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) 3-4

17.11.2014 - Game Seven
GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR,2863) - GM Viswanathan Anand (IND,2792) ½-½

Anand manages to hold Carlsen after marathon game which lasted for 122 moves ... So in end mission successful for Carlsen who tired Anand before next game where Anand is playing with White ... This was crucial game for Anand after his blunder in the last game ... Anand choose Berlin defense but made dangerous 28th move Ne5 ... After that Anand defended well playing accurate moves not giving any chance to Carlsen, other hand it took so many moves for inevitable draw ... Carlsen extended game and waited for any mistake from Anand.

Tennis News

At $50K ITF Women's Tournament, New Delhi, India

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND) vs Fatma Al Nabhani (OMA)
[R1] (WC) Natasha Palha (IND) vs Maria Sakkari (GRE)
[R1] (Q) Rishika Sunkara (IND) bt (Q) Shweta Rana (IND) 62 60
[R1] Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) vs (6) Sabina Sharipova (UZB)
[R1] (WC) Prerna Bhambri (IND) bt (WC) Sharon Sanchana Paul (IND) 64 62
[R1] (WC) Bhuvana Kalva (IND) vs (2) Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR)

Expected wins for Rishika and Prerna ... Hopefully Ankita and at least another one Indian player join them in the second round.
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At $10K Cambodia F1 Futures,

[R1] (3) Karunuday Singh (IND,526) vs Sebastien Wagner (GER,910)

KU is coming back on the court after long injury break ... Lets see how he perform.