Bangladeshi Grand Master (GM) Ziaur Rahman and Tahsin Tajwar Zia earned three points each after the 5th round matches of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in the Indian city Chennai on Tuesday.
M Jishan Rahman Maleq earned 1.5 points after the day’s 5th round.
In the day’s 5th round matches, GM Zia beat Abhinav Chakrapani Santhalayan, Tahsin Tajwar Zia lost to GM Stupak Kirill of Belarus while Maleq beat Joel Paul Ganta of India.
Bangladesh Ansar & VDP clinched the Bangabandhu 30th National Women’s Handball title beating BJMC by 33-25 goals in the final at the Shaheed (Captain) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday.
The winners led the first half by 16-11 goals. Khadiza scored eleven goals for the champions while Shilpli Akhter netted eight goals for the runners up BJMC.
Alpona Akhter of the champions Ansar & VDP was adjudged best player of the tournament.
Parliament member and cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor was the Chief Guest at the day’s final and later he distributed the prizes.
Vice President of the Exim Bank Corporate Affairs and Branding Division Sanjib Chaterjee, President and general secretary of Bangladesh Handball Federation AKM Nurul Fazal Bulbul and Asaduzzaman Kohinoor were also present at the occasion.
Earlier, in a place deciding match, Jamalpur District finished 3rd beating Naogaon District by 35-19 goals after dominating the first session by 17-9 goals at the same venue.
Having already battled for five extra holes into darkness without producing a champion a day earlier, Gaby Lopez and Nasa Hataoka showed up to work at 8 a.m., just like regular folks.
The early wake-up call and extra golf was worth it for Lopez, who rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt to prevail on the seventh playoff hole Monday and capture the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
It was the second LPGA title for Lopez, who 14 months ago became the second player from Mexico to win on tour, joining World Golf Hall of Fame member Lorena Ochoa. She earned $180,000 for the victory.
The elite field featured 26 players who had won tournaments in the last two seasons.
This was the LPGA's fourth-longest playoff. The longest was 10 holes at the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open, where Jo Ann Prentice beat Hall of Famers Sandra Palmer and Kathy Whitworth.
Lopez and Hataoka wound up playing the difficult 197-yard 18th hole at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando eight times over two days, with two birdies from Lopez the difference.
Lopez birdied from 18 feet on her final hole of regulation Sunday to earn a spot in the playoff alongside Hataoka and Inbee Park, who was eliminated on the third playoff hole.
Hataoka, who made a deft up-and-down from 30 yards for par to extend the playoff to a seventh hole as play resumed Monday, had the edge on the final hole after hitting a 4-hybrid that rode a slope along the right side of the green and curled to 12 feet from the hole.
But Lopez, whose ball barely made the putting surface, went first, her putt up the hill slowing and tumbling into the cup on its last rotation. Hataoka, ranked sixth in the world, made a poor stroke, pulling her birdie attempt left.
After a week of warm Florida weather, temperatures in the mid-40s greeted the women Monday and morning shadows covered the green as they returned to the 18th. The par 3 is long and tough, with a deep bunker in front and rocks and water guarding the left side of the green. Players require hybrids and fairway metals to reach the green. There were only six birdies total made on the hole all week; Lopez owned three of them.
Hataoka had enjoyed her week playing alongside athletes and celebrities — the 49-player celebrity division was won by pitcher and Hall of Famer John Smoltz. But the pressure amped up once the playoff began.
"Being a celebrity pro-am, I thought I was going to just enjoy it and have fun. But then being able to be in the final and do the playoff, that was a really good experience, and I think this would help me in the future," said Hataoka, whose 2020 goals include a No. 1 ranking and an Olympic gold medal in her home country of Japan this summer. "When the tournaments start to get harder and harder, it will be a good lesson for me."
Lopez charged into contention with a 5-under 66 Sunday, and played with confidence in the playoff. She entered the week ranked 56th but now has momentum to start her fifth LPGA season. In her first LPGA victory, the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA Championship in China, she had the lead and was grouped with the world's top two players at the time, Ariya Jutanugarn and Sun Hyun Park. This time, victory took a different route.
"I proved to myself that I can win in any situation," Lopez said. "My first win was in the lead. My second win was coming from behind. And being able to put all those moments together and recall them while I'm walking on the fairway here and try to stay patient. That's what I proved to myself the most, my ability to stay in the moment."
Park, seeking her 20th LPGA victory, was ousted on the playoff's third hole when her tee shot hit off rocks along the left of the green and bounded into water. Park, Lopez and Hataoka finished 72 holes at 13-under 271.
Lopez was asked if she were relieved she wouldn't have to see Tranquilo's well-worn 18th hole for another year.
"Not really. I mean, I do have a feeling for this hole," Lopez said. "I like it. It was a perfect number for me yesterday, to be honest."
Johanna Konta wasn't sure even as she celebrated Christmas if she'd make the long trip to Australia for the year's first Grand Slam tournament because of her recovery from a chronic knee problem.
It turned out to be a long way to go for two matches.
The 2016 Australian Open semifinalist lost her first-round match to Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday. It was only her second match since she lost in the quarterfinals of last year's U.S. Open because of a tendinitis-related problem in her right knee.
Konta lost in the first round at the Brisbane International and then withdrew from the Adelaide International in an attempt to manage her injury. Even before she left for Australia, the British No. 1 told officials she wouldn't play Fed Cup this year.
The 12th-seeded Konta appeared to be moving without issue on Tuesday, but was outclassed by the 25-year-old Tunisian player who had beaten her the last time the two played last year at Eastbourne. Jabeur broke Konta to win the first set, the British player replied with her only break of the match to open the second, but Jabeur dominated the rest of the way.
Konta had always made at least the second round in four previous appearances in the main draw here. Still, she was upbeat after the loss.
"I think ultimately the main thing was to start playing again, and I am," she said,. "And how I physically felt out there is obviously a massive tick for me compared to where I was in September of last year. Before Brisbane, I had been out for almost 4-1/2 months. So it's been quite a bit of time, not far off getting a protected ranking."
Jabeur said her goal this year is to make it into the top 20 — she's currently 78th — and to inspire other African Arab players to pick up the sport.
"It would be nice to see more of us out here on tour," Jabeur said.
After torrential rain his Melbourne Park on Day 1, organizers had to move dozens over to Tuesday, including the Konta-Jabeur match.
Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 7-5 and sixth-seeded Belinda Bencic advanced 6-3, 7-5 over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
In a men's match suspended from Monday, 18-year-old Jannik Sinner completed a 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4 win over Australian qualifier Max Purcell, 2018 Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic beat Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-2, 6-4..
The Next Gen ATP Finals champion won the last two games of the match on Tuesday. It was Sinner's first Grand Slam victory after losing to three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets at last year's U.S. Open.
"I was up in the score, so it was a little bit easier for me," Sinner said of his brief appearance on Day 2. "Obviously I wanted to finish yesterday. We waited here till 8 p.m., so it's been a long day yesterday for me, for every player."
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was set to make his tournament debut in the final day match against Hugo Dellien. Only one of Nadal's 19 Grand Slam singles titles have come at the Australian Open — in 2009— and he lost last year's final to Novak Djokovic.
Sonam Sultana Soma of Abahani Limited and Nowrin Sultana Mahi of Bangladesh Army moved into the women’s singles final of the Federation Cup (Ranking) Table Tennis Tournament eliminating their rivals in the semis at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
Soma beat her compatriot Sadia Rahman Mou by 4-2 sets while Mahi defeated her compatriot Rahima Akhter also by 4-2 sets in the day’s semifinals.
The women’s singles final will be held on Tuesday (Jan 21) at 11 am while men’s singles final will be held at 12.30 pm on the same day and same venue.