Other Sports Viswanathan Anand in joint-lead with Magnus Carlsen in Grenke Chess tournament

first_imgViswanathan Anand won the 2013 Grenke Chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen won the 2015 edition of the tournament. Magnus Carlsen won the Wijk Aan Zee and Shamkir Chess tournament in 2019. The win against Pons, following a brilliant display of defensive match-play and calm display from a poor position against Carlsen in the previous round will boost Anand’s confidence as he aims to break his title drought in classical chess. The 63-move draw between Carlsen and Anand in the third round could prove to be decisive for the Indian champion. Carlsen pressed hard for a decisive advantage from the white side of this English Opening game. Anand was in trouble after 12 moves but his gritty display resulted in a draw. Anand faces a tricky opponent in Caruana in round five and with just four rounds remaining, the Indian Grandmaster will be desperate to avoid a slip-up.The Grenke Chess tournament began in 2013 and is an elite chess tournament held in the German cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. The first edition featured six players which Anand won while Carlsen won the 2015 edition of the tournament. New Delhi: Viswanathan Anand has shown patches of brilliance in 2019 only to squander it at crucial moments. In Wijk Aan Zee and the Shamkir chess tournament, the former five-time world champion had his chances to finish the tournament on a strong note but he lost at crucial intervals to finish in the middle of the table. In both Wijk Aan Zee and Shamkir, the common factor was his loss to reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen. However, in the Grenke Chess tournament, Anand has displayed his class and he is now in the joint-lead with Carlsen after securing a win against Spanish Grandmaster Francesco Vallejo Pons. Playing with black pieces, Anand displayed superb defence to seize the initiative and defeat Pons.This was Anand’s fourth match and third game with black pieces and the Indian Grandmaster employed the Caro Kann opening to neutralize Pons’ opening. Black’s queen caused all the damage and with an addition to two knights and a rook, Anand’s queen was in a prime position to inflict damage. In the end, Pons tried some desperate tactics but in the end, he resigned in 47 moves. Anand’s win, followed by Carlsen’s draw against Fabiano Caruana in 71 moves, ensured Anand stayed in the joint lead with three points from four games. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ghana Aiming to End Trophy Drought with Big Win over Cameroon

first_img“It’s not just by chance but by the hard work the team has put in,” Ghana’s assistant coach Maxwell Konadu said when asked about the Black Stars’ consistency at the tournament.“The players are always willing to do something for their nation. One thing we all dream to achieve is to win the cup this time around.”Konadu confirmed that Black Stars are hopeful of having skipper Asamoah Gyan – a survivor of the 2008 squad – back fit from the adductor injury suffered in their last group game against Egypt and that kept him out of the DR Congo win.Meanwhile, Razak Brimah will hope to keep his place in goal despite being fined $2,500 by the Ghana Football Association after upsetting supporters with an outburst on Facebook.Razak said he was responding to insults directed at his mother but nevertheless issued an official apology.“I accept that as an ambassador for my country Ghana and a role model for many across the globe, I should not have reacted this way,” said the 29-year-old.Franceville was the venue for Cameroon’s penalty shoot-out win over Senegal in the last round.So while Ghana had to travel to the south-east of Gabon from Oyem, Cameroon were able to stay at their base in the nearby town of Moanda.There Hugo Broos’ side have been preparing in the knowledge they have already exceeded expectations in making it this far.Their build-up has been slightly tarnished over a disagreement relating to bonuses, with Broos saying the country’s federation has shown the team “a lack of respect”.But the coach insisted that the issue will not be held up as an excuse if their run ends here.“We have not been happy since the start of the tournament but you have never seen that on the field,” he said. “If we lose it will not be because the money is not good, it will be because Ghana are better than us.”Cameroon progressed from their group at the expense of hosts Gabon and then edged out a much-fancied Senegal thanks to a Sadio Mane miss in a penalty shoot-out that followed a goalless draw.They have put behind them the withdrawals of key players before the competition, including Joel Matip and Eric Choupo-Moting, and are flourishing under their Belgian coach.“The players who didn’t come have their own personal reasons why they didn’t come and we are not looking back,” said the defender Fai Collins.Collins remembers well the win against Ghana at the same stage nine years ago when the Indomitable Lions side featured stars like Samuel Eto’o and Rigobert Song.“I remember I was at home, watching the game with my parents,” he said.“It was an extraordinary feeling for us beating Ghana knowing they had a very good squad. Now I am here and I hope I can have the same feeling as I did back then.”PAST ENCOUNTERS Date Match Result Score Competition 14 Jul 1978 Ghana v Cameroon W 2-1 African Games 09 Mar 1982 Cameroon v Ghana D 0-0 AFCON 1982 05 May 1982 Cameroon v Ghana D 0-0 African Friendship Cup 30 Nov 1994 Ghana v Cameroon W 1-0 Simba Cup 04 Oct 1998 Cameroon v Ghana W 1-3 AFCON 1998 22 Jan 2000 Ghana v Cameroon D 1-1 AFCON 2000 07 Feb 2008 Ghana v Cameroon L 0-1 AFCON 2008Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ghana’s Black Stars go into their sixth consecutive semi-final at the Africa Cup of Nations when they face Cameroon in Franceville this evening. Kick off time is 8pm.However, the Ghanaians have not won the trophy since 1982, instead gaining a reputation for coming up just short all too often over the last decade.Avram Grant’s side lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast in the final two years ago, while their current run of near misses began with a 1-0 last-four defeat to Cameroon at home in Accra in 2008.But in Gabon they have seemed like a side on a mission to end their long title drought and a 2-1 quarter-final win over DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday, secured thanks to a goal each from the Ayew brothers – Andre and Jordan – took them through to the last four.last_img read more

Celtic FC dip toes into esports with FIFA18 competition

first_imgWith many other football teams already having entered the esports space, Celtic FC are the latest to enter the realm. Working with the Dublin-based esports agency Qwatti, Celtic are kicking off their esports interaction with a FIFA 18 tournament, with a small twist.The tournament comes whilst the club celebrates the 50th anniversary of them winning the European Cup, the predecessor of the current Champions League. The tournament will be on the XBOX One, and require everyone to play as Celtic FC in the Head-to-Head competition. On offer for the winner is a wide range of prizes with Celtic FC apparel, tickets to the Bayern Munich Champions League home game and a trip to Paris, with a ticket to the away game at PSG on offer. To top it all off, the winner of the tournament will also have the opportunity to face off against one of PSG’s professional FIFA players.? eSports coming to #CelticFC, register now! #FIFA18 #FIFAFriday https://t.co/6xgSfVIOIY pic.twitter.com/BpuOWst16i— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 29, 2017Qwatti is amongst the go-to agencies for football teams getting involved in esports. Celtic is just the latest name they’ve added to a list including Schalke 04, Brondby IF and Dynamo Kyiv. The agency operates multiple aspects of the football clubs’ esports offerings, from operating their teams to running events under their name.This might not be the last we hear from Celtic in esports. Apart from signing a deal with Qwatti to organise their esports offerings, the description on the agency’s website finishes with: “In the year that Celtic Football Club is celebrating 50 years after winning the European Cup, it is now time to embrace new generation trends and also join esports!”. Exciting times could well be on the horizon for the Scottish club.Esports Insider says: As a club beloved by one member, and one member only, of Team ESI, it’s exciting to see the Bhoys enter esports. With their level of interaction limited to a small tournament for now, the way they’ll grow into the rest of esports will be monitored closely by all.last_img read more