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Assonora pip BAFF
MAPUSA: Assonora United Club edged BAFF 1-0 in the GFA’s 3rd Division League, played at Tivim grounds, Thursday. After a barren first session, the all-important goal for the winners came in the 69th minute of play through Prajyot Arabekar with a neat placement. With the win Assonora have kept their chances alive to qualify for the play-off. At Quitula grounds, Friends XI Vaddem beat St Dominic Savio’s, Calvim 5-3. Milagrin Gaonkar, Amar Kilekar, Ronald D’Souza (2), Dwane Ticlo scored for Vaddem, while Sandeep Gaonkar (2) and Ashwin Mulgaonkar scored for Calvim.

Pune world junior chess: Ritviz wins, Ivana held
PANAJI: In a day of mixed fortunes for Goa, Ritviz Parab displayed great attacking acumen to defeat IM Ider Borya (2394) of France, while WIM Ivana Furtado drew with Indian top seed Padmini Rout (2331) at the World Junior Chess Championship being held at Pune. Dempo Goodwill Brand Ambassador IM Anurag Mhamal played a hard-fought battle with compatriot Ganesh R (2030) but he eventually lost the battle in the 42nd move. Similarly, Geno Pharmaceuticals Brand Ambassador CM Nitish Belurkar employed the Philidor defence against another Indian Pranav Shetty (2191) but lost the battle after 46 moves.

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