National Champion Candidate Master (CM) Calvin sealed his 4th consecutive win after he amassed 6.5/7 to edge out CM Manoj Kumar by 1/2 point. CM Goru Arvind finished in 3rd place with 4.5/7.
The Intermediate Division was won by veteran Seru Sisirocivi who had 4/7, an equivalent score to Ravikesh Prasad but ahead on tie-break. Krishneel Nair finished 3rd with a lukewarm 3/7.
The Secondary Schools Division was a 3-way tie between William Yee, Zen Borg and the sensational Menash Fareed who all had 5/7. By virtue of tie-break under a Swiss System, William Yee and Zen Borg took the top two positions.
13-year old Menash Fareed continued to be a nemesis for defending champion CM Manoj Kumar as he held him to a well-fought draw. The result of this game allowed CM Calvin Prasad to lead the tournament at the end of the final round.
“Our Federation is happy with performance from younger players yet again,” states Development Officer Gloria Sukhu. “International Secondary School Student James Zhang held CM Goru Arvind to a draw in Round 4, and this is encouraging for the future of chess.”
In other results, Vinooda Senewiratne walked home as the winner of the Primary School’s Division with 4/7, while Women’s National Champion WCM Gloria Sukhu lead the Female Category with the same score.
Dinesh Parmeshwar, the elder brother of late Rajnesh Parmeshwar, kindly provided 9 trophies and $ 1000 cash in prizes for one of the most popular tournaments of the year.