Cricket News Bhuvneshwar Kumar aims to fill Jasprit Bumrah’s shoes, says not playing can impact rhythm

first_imgNew Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar had not played any cricket in December after the end of the Twenty20 International series against Australia which ended in a 1-1 draw. In the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, the Meerut right-arm pacer made a great start by picking up his 100th ODI wicket by getting rid of Aaron Finch cheaply but his fortunes soon nosedived as he struggled to contain the flow of runs in the death overs. His inability to nail the yorkers indicated that he was short of match practice. With Jasprit Bumrah resting for this series, the Indian bowling is looking up to Bhuvneshwar to deliver the goods.Ahead of the Adelaide ODI, Bhuvneshwar was seen practising the yorker as he aims to put in a better performance with the ball in the death overs. “The skills (required to bowl yorkers) are also different. I was practising bowling yorkers at the shoes, and I was practising for the end (slog) overs to take wickets or block some runs. This (keeping shoes on the pitch) is something that I have been doing for some time. I didn’t practice that for almost a month now because in Tests, we hardly needed that. And I didn’t play a match. Going into an ODI or T20I series, you need that (yorker) thing. So I was practising that,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar did admit that being out of competitive cricket for over a month did impact his rhythm. “It (not playing regularly) did impact (my rhythm). Match rhythm is totally different when it comes to bowling. I was trying everything to be in rhythm in the nets. But it can’t be a 100 per cent when you compare to a match (situation). It wasn’t great in the last match (in Sydney) but it wasn’t bad as well. It can improve, as the matches will go on. I was trying everything to be in rhythm. In the nets, I wasn’t planning or preparing to bowl in the ODIs. I was preparing like I have to play in any of the Tests. I was preparing in that manner. There wasn’t anything specific that I could do.  But it was just normal bowling and increasing the number of overs. If I was bowling 4 overs (to start with), then go to 6, then 8, then 10. The key thing for me is to be niggle-free and be in bowling rhythm,” Bhuvneshwar said.The challenge for India’s bowlers will be the way in which they step up in Bumrah’s absence. India have a total of 12 ODIs before the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 but they will be determined to level the three-match series as they aim to build momentum. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


UPDATE: Bombers take 12th at AA Boy’s Soccer Championships

first_imgTuesday was a win/loss day for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.The results dropped LVR into a consolation round game Wednesday morning.LVR opened the day with a narrow, shootout win over MEI of Abbotsford.The positive result pushed the Bombers into third spot in pool play, setting up a contest later in the day Wednesday against DP Todd of Prince George.However, the northern squad pumped in two goals to dump LVR 2-0.LVR now playes for 11/12 placing Wednesday.Tough start for Bombers at Double-A Provincial Soccer TourneyThe L.V. Rogers Bombers got off to a rough start on Day One of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.The Bombers lost the opener 3-1 to Sahali of Kamloops before being shutout by Gulf Islands 3-0.The two losses makes it tough for LVR to advance to the champoinship round of the 16-team tournament.LVR concludes the round robin Tuesday against MEI of Abbotsford.The playoff round begins Tuesday afternoon with the final set for Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. The L.V. Rogers Bombers lost 3-0 to Victoria’s Lambrick Park in consolation round action Wednesday at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.The loss dropped the Bombers into 12th spot in the 16-team field.LVR struggled throughout the tournament to score goals, and the final game was no different.Lambrick pumped three goals past a Bomber defence that had surrendered markers prior to Wednesday’s consolation loss.LVR scored just one time in the tournament.St. Thomas Aquinas won the tournament defeating Okanagan Mission 1-0 in shootout.Archbishop Carney of Coquitlam won the bronze over Gulf Islands.LVR advanced to the AA tournament by dominating the Kootenay High School zones for the second consecutive year.Bombers play for 11th-12th at High School Soccer Championshipslast_img read more


STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 11, 2016

first_imgFUTURE PROMISING FOR BOLO; DE TREVILLE MAKES U.S. DEBUTBolo’s neck victory in the Arcadia Stakes on Feb. 13 could be a precursor of bigger and better things, says Mike Smith, who rides the four-year-old Temple City colt in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The Grade II Arcadia was Bolo’s first race in seven months.“He went really well,” Smith said of Bolo’s three furlong blowout Tuesday in 36.40. “He’s happy and galloped out real good. He’s a nice horse.“I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him yet. He’s had his ups and downs but if how he ran first back this year is an indication of how he’s improved, that was about as good as it gets.”De Treville makes his U.S. debut in the Kilroe. The four-year-old English-bred colt has not raced since last Aug. 4, but has been training forwardly for John Shirreffs.“He has very nice European form,” Shirreffs said. “It looks like he wants to be close, from what his form shows overseas.”The Kilroe: Om, Gary Stevens, 3-1; What a View, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Bolo, Mike Smith, 2-1; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado, 50-1; Midnight Storm, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and De Treville, Tyler Baze, 8-1. Mike Smith77971312%38%$1,053,545 Mike Puype63711411%35%$330,725 DONWORTH COULD BE THE ONE TO CATCH IN BIG ‘CAP IT’S SMITH’S CALL ON DANZING CANDY IN SAN FELIPEBEST IS YET TO COME FOR BOLO IN GRADE I KILROE COASTLINE RETURNS TO DIRT IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSDRYSDALE ENTERS FOUR IN SUNDAY’S SAN LUIS REY DRYSDALE HAS FOUR FOR THE MONEY SUNDAYNeil Drysdale entered four horses in Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf, two of them females: Energia Fribby and Gaga A.“There is nowhere else to run them,” the Hall of Fame trainer answered when asked why he has four of the 12 horses entered in a race he has won six times. “What am I going to do? I’ve got to run the horses.“We’ve run against males before.”And he’s won the San Luis Rey before, in 2014 with Fire With Fire (he also saddled runner-up Lucayan); Bourbon Bay (2012 and 2010); Fourty Niners Son (2007); Single Empire (1999); and Prized (1990).The lineup: Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Power Foot, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 5-1; Life’s Journey, Jose Verenzuela, 50-1; Energia Fribby, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Havanna Belle, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Highball, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 4-1; Big John B, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 20-1. Doug O’Neill14822212115%43%$1,172,483 David Lopez1302191716%36%$633,671 Martin Pedroza79119614%33%$307,865 Martin Garcia1031691116%35%$923,919 Fernando Perez1421315199%33%$690,444 Steven Miyadi54912917%56%$327,117 Kent Desormeaux9113231614%57%$1,068,485 Mark Glatt7398512%30%$402,865 Abel Lezcano6172411%21%$294,964 Richard Baltas9115131316%45%$1,034,714 Drayden Van Dyke12313141711%36%$774,464 BARRY ABRAMS HAS SUCCESSFUL OUT-PATIENT PROCEDURE            You can’t keep a good man down. So goes the adage and it more than applies to trainer Barry Abrams, who has battled the effects of cancer with quiet resolve and steely tenacity for more than 10 years now.Abrams, who has limited use of his esophagus due to radiation therapy, underwent an out-patient procedure yesterday morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital and returned home early last evening.“Everything went good,” said Abrams by telephone this morning. “They had to do a procedure on my prostate and there’s no cancer. I should be okay to come back to the track in a couple days, but I’ve got a little fever and I don’t want to risk getting an infection with rain coming. I’ll stay here and keep dry and hopefully I’ll be feeling strong enough in a couple days.”Best known for claiming perennial California leading sire Unusual Heat for an $80,000 tag on June 10, 1996, Abrams has won three races from 27 starts at the current Winter Meet.Born in Minsk, Russia, Abrams turned 62 on March 4.FINISH LINES: Three-time champion Beholder worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 49.20. “She couldn’t look better,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes who is about to embark on her campaign as a six-year-old. “Everything’s just perfect.” . . . San Gabriel and San Marcos winner Flamboyant worked six furlongs for Paddy Gallagher in 1:14.20 under Brice Blanc, who rides the French-bred gelding in the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 26. Blanc departs for the Middle East on March 23 . . . Santa Maria winner Tara’s Tango went six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in 1:11.80 with Martin Garcia aboard . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan said Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line “is just about ready to start galloping” after being on the shelf since last year’s Preakness Stakes . . . The main track closed for training at 9 a.m. due to impending rain, but not before 243 workouts were recorded after 201 were on the tab Thursday . . . Apprentice Brayan Pena has been suspended three days (March 17, 18 and 19) for an infraction aboard One Bye Two in Thursday’s eighth race . . .Illuminant, impressive allowance winner of yesterday’s seventh race, is headed back to graded stakes competition, according to her trainer, Michael McCarthy . . . The Medication and Track Safety Committee will conduct a public meeting March 16 in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace Room at 10 a.m. The agenda and package of materials, which are for discussion only, focus on horse welfare and expanded out-of-competition testing, including a ban on anabolic steroids. The horse welfare items would mandate the transfer of records pertaining to joint injections for claimed horses, require trainers to maintain records of veterinary treatments, and insure that all treatments are justified by a medical condition and based on advice from a veterinarian . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Rafael Bejarano21349392323%52%$2,100,027 Peter Miller1071291511%34%$514,830 BIG ‘CAP LEAD COULD BELONG TO DONWORTH            On paper, there appears to be no clear cut pacesetter in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.But Doug O’Neill says if the lead is there for the taking, Donworth and his jockey, Mario Gutierrez, will be glad to accommodate his rivals.“The great thing with him breaking from the three hole is at a mile and a quarter you’ve got plenty of run to the first turn,” O’Neill said of owner Paul and Zillah Reddam’s recent acquisition, who was third, beaten only a half-length, in the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes, Donworth’s first race in more than seven months.“Hopefully he breaks well. Mario will put him in a good spot. If he’s the only one who wants the lead, so be it. Another horse would have to go out of his established running style to challenge us on the lead, the way it looks on paper.”Richard Baltas, meanwhile, doesn’t expect Imperative to be too far back.“”We think we got an OK draw (eight) and we’ve got a whole quarter mile to get to the first turn, so it’s plenty of time to find a spot and sit off the pace,” the trainer said. “Santiago (Gonzalez) is just going to have to make the right decisions on when to move.“The horse is doing great. Obviously, I hope the pace isn’t too slow.”The field for the Santa Anita Handicap, the 10th of 11 races: Point Piper, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; General a Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Effinex, Mike Smith, 2-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Hard Aces, Abel Lezcano, 12-1; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 3-1; and Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.Fans at Santa Anita tomorrow will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time Saturday is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Mario Gutierrez16020292113%44%$1,210,729 Tyler Baze21423313111%40%$1,144,171 Jerry Hollendorfer10917101516%39%$1,109,996 SANTA ANITA STATISTICScenter_img JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Santiago Gonzalez23042302718%43%$1,620,961 John Sadler69128617%38%$553,999 (Current Through Thursday, March 10) Flavien Prat20535353017%49%$2,102,821 Edwin Maldonado14226141518%39%$905,660 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 D’AMATO DECIDES ON SAN CARLOS FOR COASTLINETrainer Phil D’Amato had been considering either the Kilroe Mile on turf or the San Carlos on dirt for Coastline before deciding on the Grade II sprint at seven furlongs for the gray son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown.Seven of Coastline’s 19 career races have been on grass, including a victory last out in the Clockers’ Corner at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course on Jan. 24.“We know he likes the hill, but when we claimed him, he won on the dirt that day pretty impressively at Keeneland,” D’Amato said of a victory in a $62,000 claiming race Coastline won in the mud last Oct. 3.“The sprint division isn’t the strongest here, so we’re taking a shot on the dirt and seeing if he likes it. If he doesn’t, we can always run him back in the San Simeon three weeks later (a Grade III race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf April 2).”The San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Mystery Train, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 20-1; and Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 2-1. Agapito Delgadillo811110714%35%$316,962 Carla Gaines4072218%28%$469,560 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SISE LEAVES STRATEGY UP TO SMITH; CUPID SCRATCHEDWith ample speed in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown candidates, it might seem foolhardy to make firm pre-race strategy commitments on the 1 1/16-mile race, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.That was the mindset Friday of Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of promising Danzing Candy, winner of his last two starts virtually wire-to-wire by a combined margin of nine lengths under Mike Smith, who retains the mount in the San Felipe.“I’ve looked at the race on paper,” Sise said, “but when the gates open, it will be Mike’s decision.”Unless Cupid was trained by Barry Fitzgerald, Mickey Rooney or the Marx Brothers, or others who have made whimsical racing films that have little to do with reality, he won’t be running in the San Felipe, which is precisely the case.The $900,000 gray son of Tapit trained by Bob Baffert was scratched after working six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:11.60 under Mike Smith.Baffert said Cupid’s next race would be “somewhere out of town.”The San Felipe: Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith, 7-2; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 2-1; I Will Score, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; and Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2. Joseph Talamo19021232511%36%$1,138,864 Philip D’Amato10822191920%56%$1,172,735 Kristin Mulhall4196322%44%$346,265 Gary Stevens53117821%49%$1,169,603 Vladimir Cerin3794524%49%$316,699 Bob Baffert8418121321%51%$1,306,915 Peter Eurton7712201116%56%$767,057 George Papaprodromou4274617%40%$222,335 Jeff Bonde3473521%44%$177,710 Victor Espinoza6999613%35%$728,265last_img read more


NFL Draft 2019: The latest Raiders seven-round mock

first_imgFirst off, … The NFL Draft is one month away.And while there is so much to figure out between now and then, we’re starting to get a decent idea of who will be taken where once the spectacle gets underway in Nashville on April 25.The Raiders have eight picks in this year’s draft, but if they had to select today (and we’re pretending that they actually use all the picks as currently allocated), here’s how I think it’d go down:Round 1 • Pick No. 4Quinnen Williams – DT – Alabamalast_img read more


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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,667.83, down 60.45 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 26 cents, or 3.39 per cent, to $7.93 on 20.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 67 cents, or 8.9 per cent, to $8.20 on 14.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up eight cents, or 3.8 per cent, to $2.18 on 9.8 million shares.RNC Materials Corp. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up five cents, or 10 per cent, to 55 cents on 7.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 19 cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $19.85 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down nine cents, or 3.9 per cent, to $2.22 on 5.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Up six cents to $10.10. Oilsands producers Cenovus Energy and Athabasca Oil Corp. have announced capital budgets that restrict spending to what’s required to almost maintain current production levels in 2019. Cenovus said it will spend between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion next year, down about four per cent from this year’s budget, with a target of a two per cent decline in overall production to between 472,000 and 500,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019. Smaller Athabasca is cutting its spending by about half and will also reduce the number of Calgary head office staff by 25 per cent and cut its executive and director salaries by 10 per cent to save money.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Up three cents to $42.12. Enbridge is proposing a fundamental change in how it assigns space on its Mainline pipeline system that will allow up to 90 per cent of its capacity to be reserved for priority customers. The 2.85-million-barrel-per-day network of pipelines operates as a common carrier, where customers nominate the volume of crude they would like to ship each month. Those nominations have exceeded the volume available for much of 2018, leading to “apportioning” or cutbacks in all shipments, which have angered many producers.MTY Food Group Inc. (TSX:MTY). Down 22 cents to $62.77. MTY Food has signed a deal to acquire South St. Burger, a chain of gourmet burger restaurants, for an undisclosed price. The burger chain will join MTY’s stable of restaurants that includes food court staples such as Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok as well as Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores restaurants. South St. has 26 franchised and 14 corporate restaurants.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Politicians assure safety to Sajid and his family

first_imgGurugram: Ever since the incident of violence culminated against Mohammad Sajid and his family, not a single day has passed since there have been assurances that have been given to the family on their security. After national politicians now local politicians have also joined the fray in assuaging growing fears of Sajid. Sohna MLA Tejpal Tanwar visited them and beseeched them to not leave the area. On Friday, when the cross -FIR was filed against two members of Sajid, an FIR, the family amid fears packed their bags and decided to move away from Gurugrma to their hometown of Baghpat. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThey were however stopped at the last moment by Gurugram police officials. Senior official no less than Gurugram police commissioner Muhammad Akil has come and spoken to the family. According to the police On March 21 which was a day of Holi, Shahid and his friends were playing in Bhoop Singh area near Dhanwas village in Bhondsi, Sohna. During the game, the ball hit one of the persons that led to the altercation between the two groups. Subsequently, the situation worsened with more men joining the opposing group and in turn hitting Shahid and his uncle mercilessly in their home. With the growing pressure, the district administration was also forced to act swiftly on the issue. The Gurugram police have filed the case under sections of 307 (attempt of murder), 452 (house trespass), 427 (mischief causing monetary damage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. Ten people were subsequently arrested by law enforcement officials.last_img read more


Singapore reports 1st case of rare monkeypox virus

first_imgSingapore: Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, brought in by a Nigerian man thought to have contracted the rare virus by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in humans of monkeypox — which is endemic in parts of Central and Western Africa — include lesions, fever, muscle ache and chills. Transmission is usually via close contact with infected animals such as rodents and monkeys and is limited between people. It is not normally fatal but has been in rare cases. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe man who brought in the virus arrived in Singapore on April 28, the city-state’s health ministry (MOH) said in a statement late Thursday. The 38-year-old developed symptoms two days later and is currently isolated at an infectious disease centre in a stable condition, the ministry said. Another 23 individuals who had been in close contact with the man have also been quarantined and will be monitored for 21 days. “While risk of spread is low, MOH is taking precautions,” the ministry said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsOutside Africa, human moneypox infections had only been previously reported in the United States, Britain and Israel, according to the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Singapore, a tiny but affluent city-state dependent on external trade and tourism, has toughened measures against infectious diseases after it was hit hard by the 2003 SARS virus outbreak. The disease killed 33 people in Singapore, inflicted major losses on the economy and hit the number of international visitors.last_img read more


Metro services affected on Yellow Line due to technical snag

first_imgNew Delhi: Services were disrupted on the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro on Tuesday morning due to a technical glitch, leaving many passengers stranded. Yellow Line connects Samaypur Badli in the city to Huda City Centre in Gurgaon. Due to the snag, commuters had a hard time reaching their destination and many passengers were stranded at the Qutub Minar station. “Due to a technical snag at Chattarpur, train services have been affected on the Yellow Line. The issue is being rectified,” a senior DMRC official said. Trains are being run in following loops temporarily — between Huda City Centre and Sultanpur and between Samaypur Badli and Qutub Minar, he said. “There will be no train movement between Sultanpur and Qutub Minar,” he said.last_img read more


The Houdini Of Chess Has Escaped Again At The World Championship

Move after move, hour after hour, Carlsen nursed a roughly one-pawn edge.2It’s common in chess to measure a player’s advantage in terms of “material,” or pieces remaining on the board. There’s a rough point system: pawns are worth 1 point, bishops and knights are 3, rooks are 5 and queens are 9. Move after move, hour after hour, Karjakin crafted his fortress. The siege would begin soon.But Carlsen eventually slipped, and the peanut gallery, reveling in laptop-aided hindsight, began to doubt his tactics. On his 45th move, Carlsen (black) faced this board. The French word for chess is échecs. The French term for Tuesday’s game at the World Chess Championship is déjà vu.On Monday, world No. 1 and defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway fought his challenger, world No. 9 Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a sweeping 78-move, seven-hour classic worthy of Terrence Malick — a draw for the ages. On a gloomy Tuesday in lower Manhattan, the players sat down in front of 32 pieces and 64 squares and did it again.The result was a 94-move, six-hour-plus draw that kept the best-of-12 world championship match tied for yet another game. After four games and four consecutive draws, the grandmasters’ tally is now 2-2.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth 1/2 a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points. Whoever gets to 6.5 points first, wins.Harry Houdini was known to escape after being handcuffed, nailed into a wooden box and dumped into the East River. Sergey Karjakin should now be known for escaping in a suit jacket from a thick glass box just a block away from the East River — a box containing two chairs, a chess set and the brain of Magnus Carlsen.Tuesday’s game saw a familiar opening, one that’s becoming de rigueur in this match: the Ruy Lopez, in which each side plays its king’s pawn, each develops a knight, and white attacks black’s knight with a bishop. It’s been a staple in chess for over half a millennium because it develops pieces quickly and creates tension, and it’s been played in each of the last three championship games. In fact, each of the players’ first five moves in Tuesday’s Game 4 exactly matched their first five moves in Game 2. Nevertheless, Tuesday’s early board developed into a complex tapestry — both strategically and tactically rich — with no clear early advantage to either side. Not a single piece was captured until the 16th move.But soon after that capture, this latest game looked like it had slipped away from the Russian. On his 19th move, Karjakin, playing white, faced this position. He had just snuck his bishop into enemy territory, capturing a black pawn that had been camping on h6. The computer chess engine Stockfish screamed “Escape!” suggesting Karjakin bring the bishop back from whence it came, returning it to safety on c1. But Karjakin (with no access to a computer, of course) chose a more adventurous path. He captured black’s knight on c4 with his other bishop, essentially trading those two pieces, since black’s pawn could then easily capture the bishop. Neither the computers nor the human analysts liked this one bit.That move forced black to double up its pawns on what’s called the c-file, which is chess jargon for the c column on the board. Doubled pawns are usually a no-no, but the move benefited black in other ways. Robert Hess, a grandmaster and chess.com contributor, explained to me that it created a ton of space for Carlsen’s two bishops to operate and it opened up the b-file for either of black’s rooks to swoop down and attack. From then on, Carlsen’s momentum built, and for hours you couldn’t find anyone who wasn’t predicting a Carlsen victory. He looked unbeatable. He slid his pawn down a square, to f4. It didn’t look like much to me at first. But the online assemblage seemed to say “f4” in the same way a Red Sox fan might say “Bucky Dent.” Stockfish preferred sliding the bishop down to e6, pressuring white’s pawn. As Hikaru Nakamura, a top American player, explained on Twitter, that pawn move constipated the board, limiting the pieces’ ability to move (what chess types call “closing the position”). That in turn contributed to Karjakin’s fortress and denied black the dynamic board it needed to secure a victory.Some were blunter in their analyses than others. Even an acquaintance of mine, who was emailing to make plans to have coffee, had something to say. The email ended: “Also, re today: F4??”Over the next 50 moves — an endgame masterclass — bishops jockeyed for position, kings chased each other around the board, and pawns mostly stood frozen in fear. But eventually the siege ended. The fortress held. Another bloodless classic.Monday’s nearly seven-hour game may have taken its toll on both players, perhaps even contributing to the inaccuracies. Somewhere around move 17, Carlsen wandered away from the board and cameras captured him on the couch in his private player’s room, seemingly collecting himself: Mercifully, the players have a day off Wednesday. The match resumes Thursday afternoon, and I’ll be covering the rest of the games here and on Twitter. read more