A NEW winner was crowned at the Brijlal Rapid Open Chess tournament in Suva on Sunday.
Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad walked away with the title despite losing to defending champion CM Manoj Kumar in the final round by virtue of a tie-break. CM Goru Arvind caused a rattle in the final results as he beat Manoj Kumar in a critical match.
"It was a thrilling finish since it allows me back-to-back wins after the Kundan Singh Open," the reigning national champion said in a statement.
"Both Manoj and I finished at 5/6 but he had to settle for second place under a Swiss System tie-break because of his loss to Goru Arvind."
Goru Arvind finished at 4.5/6 alongside CM Noel Adricula to share the third and fourth positions respectively.
The Intermediate Division was won by Australia-based Dr Jashint Maharaj who scored 4.5/6, followed by Aarti Sewak at 3/6.
New Olympiad representative CM Ronald Terubea topped the Tertiary Division with 5/6, while Women's FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala came second with 3/6.
In the Women's Division, veteran and Women's Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu held the top position with Kabrina Terubea at 4/6.
"Brijlal Rapid Open attracted players like John Caldeira from as far as Rakiraki," said Fiji Chess Federation president Dr. Virgilio De Asa.
"We are very pleased to see the performance of younger players like Nahapetyan Gor and Keez Terubea who won the Primary and Secondary School's division."