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Shuttlers bring home gold, bronze

K. Vaishnavi, who won the under-16 gold in the CBSE School National Badminton Championships at Meerut, receiving her prize.- Photo: By Arrangement

K. Vaishnavi, who won the under-16 gold in the CBSE School National Badminton Championships at Meerut, receiving her prize.- Photo: By Arrangement

K.Vaishnavi, a student of Class 10 at Bhavan’s Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya (Sainikpuri) won the gold in under-16 category of the CBSE National Badminton Championship at Meerut.

Vaishnavi defeated Shivpriya of Delhi Public School (Navi Mumbai) 21-6, 21-6 in the final. Later, the Hyderabad girl combined well with her sister and class VI student K. Bhargavi to settle for a bronze in the team event.

This sister duo is being trained by U. Bhaskar Babu, Sports Authority of India coach at Saroornagar Indoor Stadium here.


K. Vaishnavi and K. Bhargavi take part in the CBSE National Badminton Championship at Meerut

Chaitanya bags global assignment

After a seven-year- stint with Andhra Cricket Association as video analyst, the twenty-nine-year-old V. Chaitanya Nag has bagged his maiden international assignment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed him as video analyst in the India- Sri Lanka women series in which both teams will play three one-day internationals, three T-20 matches and a warm-up match at Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram from January 17.

Chaitanya will capture the entire on-field proceedings and help the coach and the support staff to analyse the match and implement any corrective measures. “I will give inputs on pitch map, wagon wheel and data on rival team to the team management. The wagon wheels of both bowlers and batters are recorded for reference,” he pointed out.

Chaitanya was part of the Andhra Ranji team and for seven years and he had travelled along with Andhra team helping the coaches on technical inputs. City lad’s technical data was used by both National Cricket Academy (NCA) and BCCI to analyse suspect action of the bowlers all over the country. “I worked at the BCCI under-19 and under 16 zonal camps. I am also incharge of the three academies – North, Central and South – of ACA.


Avikshit wins gold in roller skating

Avikshit Vijay Viswanathan is a second standard student of Kola Perumal Chetty Vaishnav SSS in Arumbakkam but already has an achievement that has made him a proud pupil of his school. Avikshit participated in the CBSE national roller skating tournament for U-8 category in Mumbai and returned with a goal medal to show. Confidence and competency were the key factors in his domination of the field.

The school management, Principal, staff and students joined to congratulate the bright talent.



NRI student selected to represent JNTU-K

Pooja RaniThird- year civil engineering student of NRI Institute of Technology P. Roja Rani has been selected to participate in the ongoing south-India Inter-University Basketball competition. She is representing the JNTU-Kakinada team. The competition began held at Dr. NTR Health University from December 21. The college Principal R. Venkata Rao and Physical Director P. Goutu congratulated the student.



GIET student selected for inter-varsity tourney

Moment to cherish:P. Ravikumar, Principal, GIET, congratulating college student K. Manojkumar in Rajahmundry on Tuesday. -Photo-S. Rambabu

Moment to cherish:P. Ravikumar, Principal, GIET, congratulating college student K. Manojkumar in Rajahmundry on Tuesday. -Photo-S. Rambabu

K. Manoj Kumar of GIET College of Engineering has been selected for Inter-University Shuttle Badminton (Men) competitions. The selections were held at JNTUK on Tuesday and Inter-University competitions will be held in Manipal University, Karnataka from December 15.

Felicitating the winner in a function, Principal of GIET College of Engineering P. Ravi Kumar said sports and studies together develop activeness, discipline, and energy among students. He asked different corporate bodies to come forward in encouraging sportspersons. Later, he presented a memento to Manoj Kumar on the occasion. E. Philip Samuel, Physical Director, M. Rama Manikantha, HOD, Civil Engineering Department, Mr. Sharma, A.O. and other teaching and non-teaching staff of the college congratulated Manoj Kumar.

Chairman of the GIET and MLC K.V.V. Satyanarayana Raju, secretary and correspondent K. Sasi Kiran Varma and P. Subba Raju, general manager of GIET Group of colleges, appreciated performance of Manoj Kumar.



Volleyball team selected

Twelve players and five stand-bys have been selected for Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Volleyball (Women) Team.

Secretary Sports Board E. Thrimurthy said the team would participate in the South Zone Inter University Volleyball (W) Tournament scheduled to be held at SRM University in Chennai from December 3 to 7. The selected players are: D. Navya Geethika, P. Purnima Choudary and V. Teja from Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada, M.K. Sravya, K. Srija and R. Mythreye from Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, T. Mounica, G. Nirupama, V. Archana and G. Jyothsna of ASRAM Medical College, Eluru and D. Devi Bharathi of Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences, Chinoutpally and Ch. Siri Chandana of NRI Medical College, Chinnakakani. P. Lahari, Eluru, K. Sruthi, Chinnakakani, J. Lalitha ,Chinoutpally, M. Jyothsna Sree, Eluru and A. Ramya , Chinnakakani, are stand-by players.



Are you watching closely?

The recently concluded world championship between newly crowned Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand was a rare moment when the spotlight was on the world of chess. At these high-profile moments the same question is asked: Can chess ever truly make it as a spectator sport? Here are 10 reasons why it might not.

1. body language

The body language of the players is hardly visible. Many players sit with their head cupped in their hands. The players’ faces barely flicker. Poker players are animated by comparison.

2. Cold war

The Cold War is over. Chess’ benchmark historic occasion was the contest between American genius Bobby Fischer and Soviet champion Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. The geopolitical backdrop added piquancy to an occasion that dominated headlines around the world – it was billed as individualist American against machinelike Soviet.

3. movies

Chess isn’t like it is in the movies. The movies like to use chess as either a) a signal that a person is brainy and possibly devious, or b) a metaphor for some kind of struggle.

4. insight

The layman gets no real insight into the extraordinary minds of Carlsen and Anand. In a sense they cancel each other out. Carlsen is said to have something in the region of 10,000 games memorised. He can play 10 opponents simultaneously. Blindfolded. This level of remarkable brainpower would impress a layman but it doesn’t naturally come out in the world championship.

5. draws

About that canceling out. The first game of this series ended in a draw after 16 moves. So did six other games in this series.

6. understanding

There were good reasons for those draws, but most people who have never played chess competitively would struggle to understand them, even after patient explanation. For those who don’t know the broad strategical issues, chess is baffling. You need to know that a doubled pawn is generally bad. Retaining both bishops is generally good. And about 59 other strategic points of varying degrees of esotericism.

7. drama

In the cloistered atmosphere of the world championship, what tension there is arguably exists only within the head of other chess aficionados in the vicinity. The game is played in total silence, with Anand and Carlsen competing in a soundproofed glass box.

8. Bobby Fischer

There’s no more Bobby Fischer. Fischer was a one-man highbrow soap opera in his pomp. As snooker’s relationship with Ronnie O’Sullivan shows, a sport benefits from a controversial figure at its centre.

9. slow

It’s all rather slow for the non-aficionado. These world championship matches can last more than six hours. Some sports have made things quicker to pique interest. Arguably, chess should take a leaf out of the T20 book.10. board game

No other board games are spectator sports. Scrabble fans don’t agonise over the fact that its never going to be at the Olympics. You wouldn’t want to see Monopoly on a big screen either.New York Times News Service



Piquancy – stimulating, interesting or attractive

Devious – departing from the most direct way

Esotericism – the quality of being esoteric, i.e, private and confidential

Cloistered – secluded from the world

Aficionados – an ardent fan



Schoolboy makes history

Prithvi Shaw, a IX standard student of Rizvi Springfield High School, batted his way to glory in the first round of the Mumbai School Sports Association’s Harris Shield elite division match against St. Francis D’Assisi (Borivali).

The 14-year-old destroyed the hapless rival attack at the Baronet CC pitch, Azad maidan, and created history with a record 546. He surpassed Armaan Jaffer’s score of 498 in a Giles Shield match in December 2010.






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