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Aussie wins chess title

Arin Kumar
Friday, May 11, 2012

AUSTRALIAN Grandmaster Darryl Johansen has won the 2012 Fiji International Open Chess Championship with one round remaining in the competition.

Johansen is still undefeated with eight wins from as many matches and will not need to worry about the outcome of his last game tomorrow at Suva's Peninsula Hotel.

Fiji Chess Federation president Dr Virgilio de Asa told Times Sport the next closest opponent to Johansen is International Master George Xie.

"He (Johansen) has eight points and George has only six and a half points after one loss and a draw," de Asa said.

"Also the women's competition has been won by New Zealand's FIDE Master Vivian Smith who is also unbeaten.

"Both Darryl and Vivian are unbeaten and with only one round remaining, there is no one who can catch up to these two so they have officially won the tournament at this stage," he said.

The only top local men's player who has a chance of finishing third in the overall competition is Calvin Prasad on five points at fourth spot.

"He (Prasad) will face Bob Smith of New Zealand who is on third spot with five and a half points in the final round tomorrow (today).

"Smith only needs a draw to cement third spot while Prasad will need a win."

"In the women's division the closest local female is veteran Gloria Sukhu with six points," de Asa said.

Meanwhile, in yesterday's competition, two major upsets were recorded among local players.

Youngster Ronal Terubea beat Dr Neel Arora who was one of the impressive locals at the tournament.

Also causing another upset was Manoj Kumar who defeated Dr Sanmogan Goundar.

Today is the final day of competition and prize giving will be at 6pm at the Peninsula Hotel in Suva.