Veteran Candidate Master Manoj Kumar successfully defended his title by taking out the Open division at the 36th Kundan Singh Chess Tournament in Suva on Sunday.
CM Kumar was unbeaten after five rounds, winning all his games before being held to a draw in the last round by Zen Borg.
Artem Veridiyan, a visiting player from the United States, impressed during the one-day event by clinching the second spot with 4 points. Newcomer Raicebe Macanawai shocked the field by coming in third with 3 points while Premadish Pramisesh was fourth with 3 points.
Jordon Mohr beat the odds to be crowned the top Junior player with an impressive 4 points, losing only to CM Kumar. Teliko Koroi was the top women’s player with 2 points.
In the Junior Division, Borg was second with 3.5 points, Jed Mataika third with 3 points, while Claudya Koroi claimed fourth place with 3 points.
Consolation prizes were also awarded, with Jashnil Narayan, Vinooda Senewiratne, Devlin Grewal, and Ravneel Kumar each receiving a new tournament chess set worth $60.
The next tournament on the FCF calendar is the Brijlal Chess Open on March 19, 2017, at Kshatriya Hall in Suva. Entry fee is $5 for under-20 players and $10 for others. Pre-registration is compulsory by emailing email@example.com or leaving a message on FCF’s Facebook Page.