2011 Fiji Chess League
The 2011 Fiji Chess League kicked off at the Fiji School of Medicine Pasifika Campus on Sunday, June 26. The Fiji Chess League is a strongly contested tournament that allows some of the top local players to go head-to-head on a weekly basis under FIDE time controls. The 10 round tournament finished on 2 October 2011 with Chessmaster Calvin Prasad winning the championship title.
The following players participated in the 12-week tournament that was contested over a period of 3 months:
|CM Calvin Prasad||9.5|
|Dr Neel Arora||6|
|CM Manoj Kumar||3.5|
Agreed Time Controls: 90 min per player + 30 second increment per move. An average game lasts up to 4 hours when both opponents are equally matched.
Chessmaster Calvin Prasad sealed his domination in the 2011 Chess League with 9 wins and a draw with veteran Dr Neel Arora, who used a stunning endgame sacrifice to prevent a loss. Calvin Prasad played cool throughout the intense 10 rounds emerge a worthy winner of the 12 week tournament. Veteran Dr Neel Arora was the closest challenge to the league title with a solid 6 points at 2nd place. Noel Adricula secured the 3rd position with an upset win over Dr Neel Arora to amass 4.5 points. Chessmaster Manoj Kumar managed to reach the 4th position with 3 wins and 1 draw, followed by Simon Yuen who also had 3.5 points in 5th place. Goru Arvind finished in 6th position while forcing draws with Chessmaster Manoj Kumar and Dr Neel Arora in his 3 points.
The 2011 Chess League was a gruelling experience with power-packed games which had unpredictable results at times. At the end of the 10 rounds, Chessmaster Calvin Prasad showed that he will be a strong favourite in the National Championship that is scheduled from December 3 to 6.