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Chess attracts new players

Thirty-five players competed in the one-day Brijlal Open Chess Championship at Khatri Hall in Suva on Sunday.

This was the 29th edition of the annual tournament and was a 5-round FIDE-rated Swiss played in three categories.

The winners in the Junior division - (L-R) Calvin Yee (4th), Mayur Prasad (2nd), Ayush Chand (3rd), and Mahir Prasad (1st).

The winners in the Junior division – (L-R) Calvin Yee (4th), Mayur Prasad (2nd), Ayush Chand (3rd), and Mahir Prasad (1st).

Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad (4.5 points) edged out rival CM Manoj Kumar (4.5 points) on tie-breaks to claim the top spot, with Kumar settling for second place.  The duo had drawn their third-round match in the Elite division.

Rajiv Raj, Tianata Terubea, and Avinesh Nadan ended the tournament with 3-points each and claimed the third, fourth, and fifth places respectively in the Elite division.

Fiji Chess Federation Acting President Kiran Khatri was happy with the turnout and the support from the sponsors.

“Brijlal is the longest-running chess tournament in Fiji and has been organised annually for the past 29 years.  We appreciate the support shown by the sponsor and hope to see the competition continue for many years ahead,” said Khatri.

Khatri added that 22 players were newcomers and are now registered with the World Chess Federation.

“We hope to attract 100 new chess players this year and have registered 42 newcomers over the past three events.  The next three tournaments for the year could see us comfortably hitting our target,” said Khatri.

Newcomers Albert Isaac and Kirti Rao pose for a photo during their fourth round game in the Intermediate division.

Newcomers Albert Isaac and Kirti Rao pose for a photo during their fourth-round game in the Intermediate division.

In the Intermediate division, Avindra Nand (5 points) easily took out first place by winning all his games.  Tomasi Rameka (4 points) came second, and William Waqavakatoga (3.5 points) was third.  Heartly Tepa, Parmesh Naicker, Akshay Naidu, and Macanawai Raicebe were placed 4th-7th on tie-breaks after finishing with 3 points each.

Brothers Mahir (5 points) and Mayur Prasad (4 points) took out the first two spots in the Junior division with newcomers Ayush Chand (3 points) and Calvin Yee (2 points) coming in third and fourth respectively.

Games were played in Elite, Intermediate, and Junior (U20) categories.  From the 76 games played, only two ended in a draw while the rest had decisive results.  45 games were played in the Intermediate section amongst 19 players.

Tianata Terubea (left) in a match against Jashnil Narayan in their second-round game in the Elite division.

Tianata Terubea (left) in a match against Jashnil Narayan in their second-round game in the Elite division.

Electrical items ranging from an LED TV to Portable Speakers were given as prizes.  The event also had a prize fund of $1000.

The next tournament in the Fiji Chess Federation calendar is the 15th Rajnesh Parmeshwar Memorial Open Chess Championship to be held in October.

More photos are available from the FCF Facebook Page.