Mumbai: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa emerged as unconquered king in the World Youth Chess Championship in Mumbai, claiming the gold in the Under-18 Open category on Saturday. The 14-year-old Grand Master from Chennai settled for a cautious draw in the 11th and final round against ValentinBuckels (Germany) to top the charts with nine points. He, however, will also have to thank compatriot, International Master Arjun Kalyan for achieving a crucial draw against top seeded Shant Sargsyan (Armenia). Praggnanandhaa would have been under pressure if Grand Master Shant had won. But Shant could not unravel a determined Arjun, allowing Praggnanandhaa to annex the title. The Championship ended on a high note for India, with six other medals, including three silver, coming their way. Only the Under-16 Girls category proved tough for India, although B M Akshaya gave a good account of herself. Akshaya lost the medal to Anousha Mahdian, sufferingan unexpected defeat to her in the final round. But Indian girls in the Under-14 segment compensated for it, with Divya Deshmukh and Rakshitta Ravi winning two medals. Top seed Womens International Master Divya, who seemed to be out of contention midway through the event, pulled off a well thought-out victory in the last round to clinch silver. Rakshitta too beat overnight leader Bat-Erdene Mungunzul on the top board to earn the bronze. Kazakhstan’s Meruert Kamalidenova, however, was the star of this category, registering five straight wins to clinch the gold. Fide Master L R Srihari (Under-14 Open) and Vantika Agrawal (Under-16 Girls) collected other two silver medals for India, playing out draws in their respective matches. Vantika had an outside chance of pocketing the gold, especially after top seed Polina Shuvalova (8.5) settled for a draw.Also Read | Earlier Padma Shri snub motivated me to do better: Harika Dronavalli, India chess grandmasterVantika, with eight points, however, couldn’t beat Alexandra Obolentseva of Russia, and finished half a point behind Shuvalova. Srihari (8), who was in contention for the gold at the start of the penultimate day, endured draws in the last two rounds to slip to the second position. S Maralakshikari won the bronze, after beating the surprise package of the championship, R Abinandhan. CM Aronyak Ghosh (8) claimed the other bronze for the country in the Under-16 Open category after drawing withIran’s Arash Daghli. He will, however, look back at the WYCC as a missed opportunity, after accepting a quick draw in the penultimate round. Winners: U18 Open: Praggnanandhaa R (IND) 9.0; Shant Sargsyan (ARM) 8.5; Artur Davtyan (ARM) 8.0 U18 Girls: Polina Shuvalova (RUS) 8.5; Vantika Agrawal (IND) 8.0; Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) 7.5 U16 Open: Rudik Makarian (RUS) 8.5; Stefan Pogosyan (RUS) 8.0; Aronyak Ghosh (IND) 8.0 U16 Girls: Leya Garifullina (RUS) 8.5; Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ) 8.5; Anousha Mahdian (IRI) 8.0 U14 Open: Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) 9.0; Srihari L R (IND) 8.0; Sreeshwan Maralakshikari (IND) 8.0 U14 Girls: Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ) 8.5; Divya Deshmukh (IND) 8.0; Rakshitta Ravi (IND) 8.0. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
This will be the first time Brook will not have trainer Dominic Ingle in his corner. Ingle had other commitments, and Brook has opted to train at his gym in Fuerteventura, Spain, with ex-boxer and friend John Fewkes instead of at the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield.Join DAZN to watch Brook vs. Zerafa plus more than 100 fight nights a year If Brook wins, the pressure will build for a highly anticipated grudge match against Amir Khan for early 2019.Zerafa will look to offer Brook stiff opposition and is a former Commonwealth super-welterweight champion. “I thrive from being the underdog and I believe that Kell Brook’s team have made the mistake of overlooking me” Zerafai said in a press release, adding, “Kell is a true warrior and a great champion, but he’s been in some tough fights and put a lot of miles on the clock. I see a ship with a lot of holes and too many holes leads to a sunken ship.”Brook’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said in a Matchroom press release “I’m delighted to see Kell back in the ring, and I expect Zerafa to give it everything on Dec. 8.” Hearn added, “We know that the Khan fight is on the horizon, but this is all part of Kell’s preparation for being razor sharp and bringing his weight down to 147 pounds — Zerafa aims to spoil the party.”When is the Brook vs. Zerafa fight?Kell Brook and Michael Zerafa will clash on Dec. 8. The action for the undercard begins at 2 p.m. ET. It marks nine months since Brook fought last, when he defeated Rabchanka, while Zerafa’s last fight was in August, when he scored a TKO against Jose Agustin Feria. Where is it?The fight will take place at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, England. The venue opened in 1991 and has a capacity of more than 13,000. This will be Brook’s eighth fight at the arena.How can I watch?You can watch the Brook vs. Zerafa fight and full undercard live-streamed exclusively on DAZN in the U.S.DAZN is a sports streaming service offering over 100 boxing and MMA events a year, live and on demand for just $9.99 per month, with the first month free. Record and biosName: Kell BrookNickname: The Special One / Special KNationality: BritishBorn: May 3, 1986Height: 5-9Reach: 69 inchesTotal fights: 39Record: 37-2 with 26 knockoutsName: Michael ZerafaNickname: Pretty BoyNationality: AustralianBorn: March 25, 1992Height: 5-11Reach: 71 1/2 inchesTotal fights: 27Record: 25-2 with 14 knockoutsBrook vs. Zerafa fight cardKell Brook vs. Michael ZerafaJono Carroll (16-0) vs. Guillaume Frenois (46-1)Josh Kelly (8-0) vs. David Avanesyan (23-3-1)Anthony Fowler (8-0) vs. TBAKid Galahad (25-0) vs. Brayan Mairena (10-4-1)Anthony Tomlinson (8-0) vs. Innocent Anyanwu (25-38-3) Terri Harper (4-0) vs. Feriche Mashauri (6-1)Qais Ashfaq (3-0) vs. Jay Carney (5-3-2)Shakiel Thompson (1-0) vs. Konstantin Alexandrov (8-36-3) The “Special One” Kell Brook returns to the ring against Australian Michael Zerafa (25-2, 14 KOs) in a WBA world super-welterweight eliminator on Dec. 8 at the Sheffield Arena in the United Kingdom.The 32-year-old will fight once again in front of his hometown fans in Sheffield. His last time out, ‘Special K’ won the vacant WBC Silver Super Welterweight title with a second-round knockout victory against Siarhei Rabchanka in March this year.