Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar swept the Fiji Day Open Chess Championship with 5/5 at Level 4 TappooCity Conference Room. Jose Celiz finished second with 3.5/5 after he was held to a draw in the final round by CM Goru Arvind.
“The National Championship is coming from November 28 to December 2 and it’s a great feeling to find form a month ahead of it,” states Kumar. “My only concern is that we have played rapid chess all year and the Nationals is going to be 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move which is a much longer format of play. I will have to adjust my style by then.”
Oscar Eloson finished at 3/5 and in 3rd position for the Elite Division after he was upset by Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu in his opening match. Sukhu edged Russell Talonga and CM Goru Arvind for 4th place due to a higher tie-break since all players shared the same score.
“It’s been a fine tournament to bring us closer to the end of the year,” states Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar. “Our Elite Division is filled with upsets since players are getting accustomed to each other.”
Fiji Chess Federation is also eyeing two major International Events in 2016, the first one being the Oceania Junior and Senior Championship which will be hosted in Fiji and the second one being the 42nd World Chess Olympiad at Baku.
In the Intermediate Division, young Claudya Koroi impressed by winning all 5 of her games. She claimed 1st position against Sandeep Kumar who had 3.5/5, while Fesaitu Mataika finished 3rd with a lower tie-break on the same score. Agra Navaratne, Calvin Ong, Philip Leong, Krishneel Nair and Austin Koroi all finished at 3/5 to hold the next 5 positions.
A total of $ 400.00 in cash prizes was awarded to winners in several categories on the day.
The next tournament in the Federation’s Calendar is the National Team’s Chess Championship which is tentatively scheduled for the latter half of November after school examinations are over.
Special thanks is extended to TappooCity – Shopping, Food, Fun & Entertainment for the Entire Family for providing a venue of play for Fiji Day Open.