Take Solutions Chennai’s challenge at this year’s Louis Philippe Cup will be spearheaded by Sri Lankan golfer Anura Rohana, Mukesh Kumar, winner of the 2012 Indian Oil Xtra Premium Masters, and youngster Khalin Joshi. The trio are set to compete against eight other city teams at the Greg Norman designed Jaypee Greens at Greater Noida from February 11 to 16.
Following the strokeplay on the first two days of the tournament to be held in February, the four teams with the best total pro team scores over 36 holes will advance to the semifinals, which will be competed in the matchplay format with one-on-one matches between the three players of each team. The finals will see the top two teams battle for the trophy and winner’s purse of `36 lakh, while the runner-up finishes with `24 lakh. The losing semifinalists will battle for 3rd place and a prize purse of `18 lakh.
The event will see nine city-teams — AVT Kolkata, Take Solutions Chennai, Puravankara Bangalore, DLF Gurgaon, Dev Ellora Chandigarh, Shubhkamna Noida, Navratna Ahmedabad and Jaypee Greens Greater Noida and Delhi — battle it out for a total prize money of `1.2 crore.
Star Indian players who have confirmed their participation in the Louis Philippe Cup include 2012 Scottish Open Champion Jeev Milkha Singh (Shubhkamna Noida), former Asian Tour No 1 Jyoti Randhawa (DLF Gurgaon) and winner of the 2011 Singapore Classic Himmat Rai (Delhi). Gaganjeet Bhullar, who is fresh from his exploits at the Asian Tour where he won the 2012 Macau Open & Yeangder Tournament Player Championship, will represent the Jaypee Greens, Greater Noida team.
Nivedhitha Takes Lead
JG Nivedhitha jumped into lead with four points at the end of the fourth round in the Ramco-31st Rachel Paranjothy chess tournament for women at Ethiraj College for Women here on Tuesday. WFM C Lakshmi, R Manjula, J Janani and KR Kruthika occupy the second position with 3.5 points each.
Results (4th Round): C Lakshmi 3.5 drew with R Manjula 3.5, JG Nivedhitha 4 bt A Prakruthee 3, J Janani 3.5 bt MS Subbalakshmi 3, KR Kruthika 3.5 bt Harivardhini 2.5, AS Saughanthika 3 bt BS Samyuktha 2.5, Darshana Balakrishnan 2 lost to S Harini 3, S Sowjhanya 3 bt NR Sriranjani 2, S Pooja 2 lost to K Krithigga 3, CS Kharunya 3 bt V Aarthi 2, Senthamizh Yazhini 3 bt S Aishwarya 2, U Amrutha 3 bt A Yogitha 2, A Shreyanthi 3 bt A Nisha 2, S Aparjha 3 bt P Malleswari 2, Valliammai 2 bt S Pooja 2.5, Aparna 1.5 lost to M Aruthi 2.
Youngster Shreyas Ellath Nair impressed in the recently concluded fourth Asia Intercontinental Karate Championship conducted by WUKF (World Union Karate Federation) at Talkatora Indoor stadium in Delhi. The Chennaiite claimed gold in the individual and team kata categories for u-12, apart from a silver in kumite.
Shreyas has been learning karate for the past four years under the guidance of Shihan SMR Mahendran. A student of the Sindhi Model School, Kilpauk, he is one of the youngest to attain the black belt from his Dojo.