Filipino expatriate Oscar Eloson took out top honors at the 2015 Fiji Bitter Open Championship to become the third person to win a major title this year.
The 45-year-old Vinod Patel Electrical Manager edged out Jose Celiz and Manoj Kumar on tie-breaks to take out first place, while Celiz and Kumar had to settle for second and third place respectively.
Calvin Prasad, Fiji Chess Federation president, stated: “Top seed Manoj Kumar had a shock loss to Jose Celiz in a thrilling third-round encounter. Jose was well-placed to win the tournament, but lost to Oscar Eloson in another shocker in the very next round.”
Kumar recovered from his earlier loss by beating Eloson in the last round to force a three-way tie between Kumar, Celiz and Eloson.
In the Intermediate category, PWC auditor Kiran Khatri cruised through undefeated with 4.5 points to take first place. Deenbandhoo Primary School student Alanis Reyna came second, while Mahir Prasad took third place.
“This is Kiran’s first category win, he will be automatically promoted to the Elite category next tournament. Alanis and Mahir really did well in the last round by pulling off crucial wins to move up the rank.”
Prasad was appreciative of the continued support of sponsors. “We had two sponsors for this event, Paradise Beverages getting naming rights by sponsoring prizes and Tappoo City graciously sponsoring the tournament venue.”
“Paradise Beverages through Mr. Joe Rodan has been a long-term sponsor for Fiji chess, and their support over the years is sincerely appreciated,”
“Tappoo City is a world class venue which is very much appreciated by all due to its proximity and access to services.”
The next tournament on the Fiji chess calendar is the Fiji Day Open scheduled for October 10.