National Champion Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar stamped a dominating result of 7/7 in the Mohammad Badshah Memorial Open Chess Championship at FASANOC Olympic House. He outsmarted top seed CM Calvin Prasad in the 4-day event to end with a victory.
“This is the final long format championship before the 2016 Fiji Chess Festival in August,” confirms General Secretary Goru Arvind. “We are particularly pleased with the performance of young players like Kabrina Terubea of Nausori High School who caused a huge upset by defeating an elite player like Oscar Eloson. Other teenagers like Rudr Prasad, Russell Talonga and Mayur Prasad are starting to show more experience, and this is very good for local chess.”
CM Calvin Prasad finished 2nd in the Elite Division with 5.5/7 after he was held to a draw in the final round by Yat Sen Secondary’s Russell Talonga. CM Noel Adricula came 3rd overall with 5/7.
The Intermediate Division was won by Rudr Prasad of Deenbandhoo Memorial High School with 4/7. He edged Russell Talonga on tie-break since both of them had the same score. Mayur Prasad finished 3rd with 3.5/7.
The Fiji Chess Federation is on the verge of finalizing it’s 2016 Chess Olympiad Squad for Baku, Azerbaijan within this month. “A 3-member independent panel has analyzed some of the best players in Fiji to come up with a shortlist,” informs Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar. “Baku will be a big event in the chess world with almost 2,000 participants from 200 countries. About 14 million euros are budgeted for the 14-day tournament which is scheduled for September 1-14.”
Young Kabrina Terubea won the Best Female Player award after she outperformed Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu and finished with 4/7. She also won the Best Upset award in the championship due to her surprise win over Oscar Eloson, a player who is ranked much higher than her.
Apart from these results, Ravikesh Prasad and his 10-year old daughter Tanvi Prasad produced impressive wins that have earned them provisional ratings with the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to add to the list of players who are officially ranked in Fiji.
The next event in the Federation’s Calendar is the Rajnesh Parmeshwar Open Chess Championship on June 12, 2016.