Chess Olympiad gold may make govt look at players positively: V. Anand

first_imgCHENNAI: Former world chess champion V. Anand on Monday said India winning the gold in the FIDE Online Olympiad will have a positive impact on the way the central government looks at the game and the players.He also categorically said the Indian team was ready even for a replay of the second match against Russia in the FIDE Online Olympiad. The Indian team had an interaction with the media online. Speaking to reporters, Anand said the last few years saw a change in the attitude of Ministry of Sports towards the chess players as they didn’t get any awards (Arjuna or Dronacharya) for doing well in international competitions. He said absence of awards may be due to various issues and also the All India Chess Federation (AICF) had some difficulties. Anand said the situation could be changed or reset not by writing long letters to the editor but by having good results like this – winning the Online Olympiad medal. Referring to the Olympiad gold medal win Anand said this may have a positive impact and the government will look at chess positively. On Sunday, the Indian team was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and others. According to K. Humpy, the Olympiad victory will prompt may youngsters to take to chess. India and Russia were declared as joint Olympiad gold winners on Sunday by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich after two Indians – Nihal Sarin and Divya Deshmukh – were disconnected from the www.chess.com server due to internet outage. “We did nothing wrong. We were ready for anything. We were ready to play two games or even six games. FIDE looked at the big picture,” Anand said. According to FIDE the match would have gone for tie-break based on the board positions of Nihal versus Andrey Esipenko and Deshmukh versus Polina Shuvalovaat the time of internet outage, but that did not happen due to internet disconnection. As for the mixed team format – two men and women players, one junior girl and boy – Anand said he was happy with it so that India can show its strength. He said the whole team chipped in for the victory. The crucial match was against China and the tie-break game against Poland. Anand said the Olympiad gold will be a special gold in his cabinet. IANSAlso Watch: Power Lines or Death Traps?last_img read more

Oshae Brissett settles in, other notes from Syracuse’s 71-62 win over Iona

first_img Published on November 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ During a timeout, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told freshman forward Oshae Brissett a screen would come his way from the weak side.“OK, coach,” Boeheim recalled Brissett saying in the team huddle.“He ran right into the screen,” Boeheim said later. “He said, ‘Well, I tried.’ I said it’s not good enough to try. You have to go around the screen and be there. But that’s what happens when you have freshmen. They’re not going to be able to do some of those things.”Brissett, Syracuse’s 6-foot-8 freshman forward represents the youth of SU this season, Boeheim said. Brissett has said he is nervous in the beginning of games, which contributes to why many of his first shots are too strong. In Syracuse’s (2-0) 71-62 victory over Iona (0-2) Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome, Brissett did not work around the screen Boeheim warned about, nor did he knock down any of his first three shots.“Still learning,” Brissett said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe progressed in the game, hitting on four of his next six shots for 12 points across 37 minutes on the floor. Given that redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer has not contributed much offensively — he scored zero points in 18 minutes Tuesday — Brissett provides the bulk of Syracuse’s scoring at the forward position.Boeheim said Brissett’s next step is attacking the basket with more effectiveness and crashing the boards. He lost possession of the ball on his first drive attempt of the second half, going left on the baseline. A few possessions later, he knocked down a pull-up jumper around the free-throw line. He finished with two assists and three rebounds.Marek Dolezaj’s weight not an issueDolezaj, a 6-foot-9, 180-pound forward, played 22 minutes off the bench. He scored seven points on 3-for-5 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. He entered the game about six and half minutes in.He allowed Iona forward TK Edogi behind him on the left side of the zone, and Edogi delivered. He caught an alley-oop over Dolezaj and dunked the ball despite a foul. Later, Dolezaj traveled on his first catch near the rim, but he picked up a steal and hustled on a transition play to receive a feed from Tyus Battle and score two points.“Dolezaj goes after the ball, he really hustles,” Boeheim said. “His shooting … it’s a long ways away. Everybody talks about strength. (Syracuse 2005 first-round NBA Draft pick) Hakim Warrick weighed 160 pounds when he came in here as a freshman. He was pretty good. Never weighed more than 180. Everybody talks about weight and they want to be negative. That has nothing to do with it. He’ll be fine. He’s thin so he can move faster.”Battle, Howard play bulk of minutes at guardBattle and Howard played 35 and 40 minutes, respectively, as fellow guard Howard Washington did not play. Graduate transfer Geno Thorpe played only eight minutes because “he was terrible,” Boeheim said. Thorpe had one turnover and shot 1-for-3.Battle scored a career-high 28 points and Howard added a career-high in points of his own, 15, to go along with four rebounds and three assists.“Frank got to the basket,” Boeheim said. “I thought he had a few places where he could have played up. He never really played the point in high school … it will take him a little while to get used to it. Tonight was a good step, really good step.”Fast break defenseIona scored 10 fast-break points. The up-tempo-minded Gaels beat SU up the floor several other times but did not convert. Boeheim said after the game that SU needs to get back quicker to prevent transition baskets, which came from both long rebounds and made baskets.“Their forwards leaked out right when we got a basket,” Syracuse junior center Paschal Chukwu said. “So the centers, when we went for rebounds, they were leaking out. We just need to recognize that and definitely try and get back.” Commentslast_img read more