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Kumar anticipates a tough national event

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

TOP bet Manoj Kumar is anticipating a tough battle in this weekend's Fiji Chess Federation National Championship.

The four-day tournament to be held at the FASANOC Olympic House will start on Friday.

Kumar, who is the favourite to win in the men's category following the non participation of the defending champions Candidate Master Sanmogam Goundar, is looking forward to the challenge.

"Many people think that chess is just another board game but it is a lot more than that," former national champion Kumar said.

"To sit and concentrate on a single match for four to five hours under FIDE (World Chess Federation) regulations takes years of practice.

"In many high level games, it only takes a single miscalculation to turn the tables completely."

The final tournament of the year will also have players such as CM Calvin Prasad, Ronald Terubea, Noel Adricula and Goru Arvind while Women's Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu and Women's FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala in the women's category.