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Fiji international rapid open tournament finishes on a high note

Day 5 of the Fijian Chess Festival has seen the final round of the Fiji International Rapid Open finish on a high note with team Fiji achieving impressive results. The whole seven rounds of the inaugural Fiji International Rapid Open tournament also included a culmination of a total of 28 participants from Australia, New Zealand, France and […]

Salote Qalubau

August 19, 2016 3:28 pm

Day 5 of the Fijian Chess Festival has seen the final round of the Fiji International Rapid Open finish on a high note with team Fiji achieving impressive results.

Action from the Fiji International Rapid Open. (Fiji Chess Federation)
Action from the Fiji International Rapid Open. (Fiji Chess Federation)

The whole seven rounds of the inaugural Fiji International Rapid Open tournament also included a culmination of a total of 28 participants from Australia, New Zealand, France and Fiji.

The tournament started with two major upsets in the first round when local favourite Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad suffered a shock loss to Fiji junior rep Zen Borg. This result was equalled by Prashil Prakash who managed to beat his much stronger Kiwi opponent.

Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad beat Nadia Braganza of New Zealand in the second round while CM Noel Adricula defeated Jasmine Lane from Australia and Russell Taloga beat Pierre Braganza from New Zealand.

Fiji Women’s Olympiad rep Cydel Terubea recorded a good win for team Fiji in her third round match against her New Zealand opponent.

Ryan Lane (AUS) vs Vyanla Punsalan (NZL)_two of many international junior players. (Fiji Chess Federation)
Ryan Lane (AUS) vs Vyanla Punsalan (NZL)_two of many international junior players. (Fiji Chess Federation)

Fiji continued their fine form with wins registered for CM Ronald Terubea, CM Goru Arvind and CM Noel Adricula over their international opponents in the fourth round and the fifth round saw team Fiji rake in more wins with CM Calvin Prasad beating New Zealand opponent CM Paul Spiller.

On other boards, Tianata Terubea defeated Australian Women’s International Master (WIM) Nancy Lane, while Fiji Women’s Olympiad rep Sugandha Goswami settled with a draw against her Kiwi opponent, and nine-year-old Tanvi Prasad of Fiji scored a win against her Australian counterpart.

CM Goru Arvind (FIJ) vs Adrien Capitaine (FRA). (Fiji Chess Federation)
CM Goru Arvind (FIJ) vs Adrien Capitaine (FRA). (Fiji Chess Federation)

In the sixth round, youngster Rudr Prasad from Fiji beat his New Zealand opponent in a game that went down to the last few seconds.

The seventh round of the tournament finished off with a big bang with team Fiji amassing massive points. CM Goru Arvind defeated his opponent Robert Gibbons from New Zealand in a tactical outplay.

CM Prasad held recently crowned Oceania Junior Champion Jack James of New Zealand to a draw and Suva based Prashil Prakash defeated his New Zealand opponent. Taoba Natu and Byeongku Lee also won their international matches.

Meanwhile, the 1st Fiji International Blitz Open tournament started today at 1pm at the Radisson Blu resort on Denarau Island in Nadi and the chess festival will conclude with a closing ceremony at 7.30pm.

Day four of the Fijian Chess Festival has seen the final round of the 2nd Fiji International Open tournament with the Fiji team chasing Australian International Master (IM) Gary Lane who leads the field by a clear point and half.

IM Gary Lane and CM Paul Spiller during a chess match. (Fiji Chess Federation)
IM Gary Lane and CM Paul Spiller during a chess match. (Fiji Chess Federation)

Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar said Mr Lane had put up a good and strong performance.

RAICAR: “IM Gary Lane has played strongly and is poised to win the event going into this round with a major advantage. He faces Paul Spiller from New Zealand in his final match.”

In Round 6, Rakiraki-based John Caldeira beat Australian Bill Egan. Caldeira has continued to maintain his chess prowess.

Candidate Master (CM) Ronald Terubea managed to draw his game with New Zealand Olympiad Team member Nadia Braganza while CM Calvin Prasad drew a very tactical endgame CM Hilton Bennett of New Zealand in a pawn and minor piece endgame which leaves him the best-placed of the locals.

Upcoming youngster Semisi Vukikomoala defeated CM Noel Adricula. Thirteen-year-old Vukikomoala is the surprise package of the tournament having recorded notable wins against much stronger and experienced opponents.

Semisi Vukikomoala in action. (Fiji Chess Federation)
Semisi Vukikomoala in action. (Fiji Chess Federation)

Thirteen-year-old Vukikomoala is the surprise package of the tournament having recorded notable wins against much stronger and experienced opponents.

Meanwhile, nine-year-old Olympiad rep, Tanvi Prasad continues to impress by beating fellow teammate Cydel Terubea in a tactical finish.

The closing ceremony will be held on Friday evening at 7.30pm.

Day two of the Fijian Chess Festival saw impressive results for the locals who are vying for top prizes at the Fiji International Open.

CM Calvin Prasad plays against Alana Chibnall during the Fijian chess festival. (Fiji Chess Federation)
CM Calvin Prasad plays against Alana Chibnall during the Fijian chess festival. (Fiji Chess Federation)

Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad won against his Australian opponent in twenty moves recording a good win for team Fiji.

Zen Borg of Fiji also put up a strong performance after he won against his  New Zealand opponent. Borg also acknowledged his opponent’s efforts during the match.

Borg also acknowledged his opponent’s efforts during the match.

BORG: “She played quite offensively and I was able to counter her tactics and eventually win the match.”

Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar said other locals including CM Goru Arvind, John Caldeira and Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala were unfortunate in losing their encounters.

RAICAR: “Hilda’s game went right down to the wire and it was unlucky that she lost out on time.”

Meanwhile, International Master (IM) Gary Lane of Australia leads the field with 3 wins from 3 games ahead of a large chasing group on 2 and a half points.

The Fijian Chess Festival got off to a great start this morning with players from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand participating in the inaugural week-long chess bonanza.

Participants at the Fijian Chess Festival. (FCF)
Participants at the Fijian Chess Festival. (FCF)

With a dozen overseas competitors in the field, the event promises to be an excellent opportunity for the local chess enthusiasts to test out their skills against Oceania counterparts.

Chief Arbiter IA Dr Jashint Maharaj said the atmosphere at the festival is intense as the young kids look to challenge and upset the overseas visitors.

MAHARAJ: “We are looking forward to some exciting chess being played and it is greatly encouraging to see the upcoming talent in Fiji chess take advantage of the school holidays to participate.”

The tournament also serves as the 2016 Oceania Seniors Chess Championships and inaugural Oceania Juniors Chess Championships.

Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar said Fiji Chess Federation President, Calvin Prasad, has negotiated the inclusion of Oceania titles into the Fijian Chess Festival.

RAICAR: “This has been a major draw card for our regional players. Plus the festival rounds off preparations for the upcoming chess teams to the Chess Olympiad.”

The organizers thanked various sponsors including the Fiji National Sports Commission for their support.

The Fijian Chess Festival has three tournaments that will be held concurrently during the week at the Radisson Blu Resort on Denarau Island.

The Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC) and Fiji Chess Federation (FCF) backed Fijian Chess Festival has attracted at least a dozen internationally ranked chess players from Australia and New Zealand.

Participants at the junior training camp last year. (Fiji Chess Federation)
Participants at the junior training camp last year. (Fiji Chess Federation)

Fiji’s only International Arbiter (IA) Dr. Jashint Maharaj and Gaurav Raicar will spearhead the overall administration and pairings for the World ChessFederation (FIDE) rated event.

RAICAR: “Leading the list of high-profile players is International Master (IM) Gary Lane of Australia who is the top seed. Not far behind him are Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Helen Milligan and Robert Gibbons of New Zealand.”

Fiji’s top seed CM Calvin Prasad towers at No. 4 in a field of almost 30 of the best players from around the region.

PRASAD: “We would like to acknowledge the strong support of FSNC without whom this was never going to happen.

A total of $ 30,000 has been invested into the event, and participants will run through 7 rounds of Standard play (90 minutes + 30 seconds), 9 rounds of Rapid play (20 minutes + 10 seconds) and 11 rounds of 5-minute Blitz. It will be intense and fun at the same time.

The Women’s Division will be closely contested by Women’s International Master (WIM) Nancy Lane of Australia while IM Gary Lane would be the one to beat in the week-long competition which will start from next Sunday.

The tournament also features young and upcoming local players like CM Ronald Terubea, Cydel Kabrina Terubea, Rudr Prasad, Tanvi Prasad, Mahir Prasad, Zen Borg and Russell Simpson.

National Champion CM Manoj Kumar said this is an opportunity for the players to showcase their skills.

KUMAR: “Apart from being a training ground for our National reps before the 42nd World Chess Olympiad at Baku from September 1-14, this is also an opportune moment for other Fijian players to step up and get a taste of international chess in our own backyard.

He said they are expecting a good turnout in this competition.

KUMAR: “We are expecting a good outing with players like Taione Sikivou, WCM Gloria Sukhu, Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala, Sugandha Goswami, CM Noel Adricula and CM Goru Arvind in our ranks. At this level, we can only pray and play for the best.”

The tournament is scheduled for August 13-20 at Radisson Resort at Denarau in Nadi.

Meanwhile, Team Fiji will be flying to Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday, August 29 to compete in a Chess Olympiad that has registered almost 200 countries till date.

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