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Kumar out to end drought

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

TEN trophies and cash prizes will be at stake at the Rajnesh Parmeshwar Memorial Rapid Chess Championship this weekend.

The main sponsor from Brisbane in Australia Dinesh Parmeshwar, who is the brother of late Rajnesh, has sponsored the prizes for the tournament that would be held at the Tappoo City Conference Room on Level 4 from 9am on Saturday.

Defending champion Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar hopes to win his first major title this year.

"National Champion Calvin has enjoyed a dream run with three wins in a row," he said.

"However, level of competition is expected to be very aggressive as many senior players have been preparing well for the 41st Chess Olympiad in August."

Acting president of Fiji Chess Federation CM Calvin Prasad, who is the top seed, said another victory would boost his morale.

"I feel privileged to lead our Open Chess team to Norway a few weeks from now," he said.

"I strongly believe that this is one of the best balanced sides we have ever had, and I hope that things work out well in time to come."

Olympiad reps, Women's FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala, Women's National Champion WCM Gloria Sukhu and Aarti Sewak have confirmed participation in the rapid event.

Other reputable players who have confirmed their participation are CM Noel Adricula, CM Ronald Terubea, CM Goru Arvind, John Caldiera, Vinooda Senewiratne, Menash Fareed, Jacquelyn Masilomani, Zen Borg, Nahapetyan Gor, Neelam Kumar, Kabrina Terubea and Shivan Sharma.

Malaysia-based national rep Taione Sikivou will not participate because he will arrive in Fiji a few days after the tournament.

The federation is encouraging members of the public to compete since prizes will be awarded in various categories.





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