National Champion Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad won the Mohammed Badshah Memorial Open Chess Championship by winning all 7 games at the Tappoo City Conference Room. He repelled challenges by CM Goru Arvind (5.5/7) and CM Manoj Kumar (5/7) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Aarti Sewak was 4th overall with 4/7.
“My winning streak is now extended to 3 tournaments,” states Calvin. “I am feeling more confident about leading Fiji at the Chess Olympiad at Tromso since overcoming players like Goru and Manoj is not an easy task.”
President Dr. Virgilio De Asa mentioned that the upset of the tournament was caused by 13 year old sensation Menash Fareed, who surprised CM Manoj Kumar by convincingly winning against him. The other major upset was Primary School student Claudia Koroi defeating Secondary Schools Champion Stanley Zhang in a nail-biting exchange.
Australia-based International Arbiter (IA) Dr. Jashint Maharaj who flew in to coordinate the championship that had over $ 1000 in cash prizes, won the Intermediate Division with 5/7 ahead of CM Noel Adricula who had 4/7. CM Ronald Terubea led the Tertiary Division with 5.5/7 while Prashil Prakash and Krishneel Nair shared the 2nd position at 3/7.
Jacqueline Masilomani and Gor Nahapetyan continued their winning form in the Primary Schools Division by being tied at 4/7, and Menash Fareed was declared the winner in the Secondary Schools Division with 5/7 ahead of Zen Borg and James Zhang who were tied at 4.5/7.
The tournament was sponsored by Australia-based CM Sanmogam Gounder in memorial of Fijian chess player Mohammed Badshah who lost his life in a tragic car accident more than a decade back.