Indian GM Praggnanandhaa wins Reykjavik Chess Open : The Tribune India

Reykjajvik (Iceland)

Young Indian grandmaster R Pragganandhaa won the prestigious Reykjavik Open chess tournament here on Tuesday with 7.5 points from nine rounds. The 16-year-old beat compatriot GM D Gukesh in the final round to emerge as the sole winner. Praggnanandhaa turned things around in the all-Indian battle after his opponent blundered as he looked to be losing.

New Delhi

Saina decides to skip the trials for the CWG and the Asian Games

Saina Nehwal’s chances of defending her Commonwealth Games title look slim as she has decided to skip trials for the upcoming multi-sport events. “Saina has written to BAI advising of her decision not to participate in the tryouts which will be the only tournament to select players for CWG, Asiad and Thomas and Uber Cup,” a BAI source said.

Bellinzona (Switzerland)

Blatter and Platini will be tried in June before the Swiss federal court

Former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini will face trial for fraud and other offenses in June, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court announced today. The court set the trial before a three-judge panel over 11 days from June 8 to June 22.

monaco

Bublik cuts short Wawrinka’s return to tour after injury

Alexander Bublik cut short Stan Wawrinka’s return to the circuit, beating the Swiss 3-6 7-5 6-2 in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Masters in his first singles in 13 months. Meanwhile, world number one Novak Djokovic crashed out to a three-set loss in only his fourth match of the season, losing 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina , unclassified. “This win is so special for me because I grew up watching Nole (Djokovic) and I’m a huge fan of his,” Davidovich Fokina said in his post-match interview. — Agencies

MADRID

Atlético will not change their philosophy: Simeone

Atletico Madrid will not deviate from their usual style despite heavy criticism when they host Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final second leg this week, manager Diego Simeone has claimed today. After losing last week’s first leg 1-0 with an overly defensive game plan that resulted in no goal attempts, Atletico received a lot of criticism, including from the former coach Arrigo Sacchi, who called it “prehistoric, 60s football”. “Loose lips sink ships,” Simeone told a news conference when asked about Sacchi’s comments. “I’ve been coaching since 2005-2006 and I always prefer to respect my colleagues. But it’s always former players or coaches who decide to shut up to get people’s attention. I just ignore them. Simeone said his team had an identity and that she would respect it, even if he had to win Wednesday’s game to advance to the semi-finals.

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