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Anand in London Rapids

Viswanathan Anand is set to be back in competitive circuit after the World Championship loss.

Written by Agencies | Published: December 12, 2013 12:51:01 am

* Viswanathan Anand is set to be back in competitive circuit after the World Championship loss to as he takes part in the London Chess Classics. Anand,who turned 44 today,will like to get back to winning ways in this tournament. The event will include the likes of Hikaru Nakamura,Peter Svidler,Nigel Short among others. The script was judiciously changed to a rapid format with 16-players instead of the normal 9-10 players round robin tournament. The 16-players have been divided in to four groups and the winner of each group will proceed for the semi-finals after a double round-robin play-off. Anand’s group has English Grandmasters Luke McShane and Michael Adams apart from Andrei Istratescu of France.

Double points absurd: Vettel

* Sebastian Vettel was clearly not impressed with the plans to award double points for the final race of the season from 2014,calling the idea ‘absurd’. It was recently ruled that the winner of next year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will earn 50 points instead of 25 under the new proposal. “This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season,” the British website BBC quoted the 26-year-old as saying. “Drivers,fans and experts are horrified. I value the old traditions in Formula 1 and do not understand this new rule,” he told German newspaper Sport Bild.

Fans to decide on Barca stadium

* Barcelona will ask their fans to decide on whether the club should rebuild their Camp Nou stadium or move to a new site, vice-president Javier Faus said. Faus said the board would meet on Jan. 20 to consider the proposals,both of which would lift capacity from 98,000 to 105,000,and then be put to a fans vote. “We have ruled out making small changes as that would be more complex and worse for the fans who would lose 12,000 seats,” said Faus,the club’s economic vice-president. “We will not make a decision,it will be down to the fans. ”

Chhetri hits a brace

* India captain Sunil Chhetri fired in a double to help Bengaluru FC overcome a stiff away challenge from Mohammedan Sporting in a thrilling 3-2 win in round 13 that consolidated their I-League lead. But a spirited Mohun Bagan rode on a CS Sabeeth second-half strike to hold Mumbai FC 1-1 on Wednesday. The Mumbai outfit drew first blood with a Mohammad Rafique strike in the 10th minute and the Kerala boy Sabeeth struck an 80th minute equaliser for Bagan.

Tyson abandons UK promotions

* The BBC reported that Mike Tyson has been forced to pull out of promotional appearances in London after his publishers realised that he was barred from entering the UK because of previous convictions. The former heavyweight boxing champion,47,was promoting his autobiography Undisputed Truth. The conviction was from a 1992 case for which Tyson had served three years of a six-year sentence for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant. Anyone sentenced to more than four years in prison is not allowed to enter Britain under immigration laws.

Brussels Open folds up

* The WTA Brussels Open has folded after three years because it became too expensive to stage. The tennis tournament was a clay-court event in the week before the French Open in late May. The tournament said,”the current economic context and the ever-increasing investments to meet the demands of the WTA for the Premier label made it a difficult,near impossible task.’’

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