Fiji’s most prolific chess player in recent times, CM Calvin Prasad smashed his way to victory by winning all 7 games at the Courts Open Chess Championship on Saturday. He dented a strong challenge from top contenders CM Manoj Kumar and CM Ronald Terubea who finished second and third respectively.
The tournament was played under a new 30 minutes plus 10 seconds per move format which allowed more rounds to be played, but it did not deter the regular strong players from winning in their respective categories.
“This is something similar to 20-20 in cricket,” emphasizes Assistant General Secretary Teliko Koroi. “Whilst International matches have a 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move format, we decided to shorten the time controls this time to see how much fun it would be.”
“I really targeted the title this weekend, but Calvin played very solid games today,” claimed Manoj Kumar. “It was the only match I dropped, but I can assure that the war is far from over. The National Championship in December will be worth following for fans of local chess.”
The Secondary School’s Division was won by Zen Borg, who is a regular at the Sunday Chess Clinics at Fiji Club from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM. He was followed by William Yee and Kelvyn Prasad in second and third positions. Young Menash Fareed continued to impress in the Primary School Division as he kept stiff competition from Vinooda Seniwaratne and Austin Koroi at bay.
In the Female Divison, ex-Olympiad representative Kabrina Terubea won comfortably while Claudia Koroi and Esther Su held the first and second runner up positions.
Junior Development Officer Gloria Sukhu mentioned that the tournament had attracted a large number of younger players which was very encouraging for the minor sport. “Overall, we are happy with how our Sunday Chess students are performing,” states Gloria. “Last week, we gave them puzzles which helped to stimulate their problem-solving ability. It is no surprise that some of those children have ended up with prizes in their hands today.”