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Historic chess win

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

THE national women's chess side recorded a historic 3-1 win over higher ranked Ethiopia at the World Chess Olympiad on Sunday.

It was the first match point of the second round for Fiji at the event in Norway.

Former Fiji Chess Federation president Dr Virgilio de Asa said Fiji's females were dominant against their opponents.

"Women FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala scored the first full point for Fiji in board three with a strong queen and rook attack and a passed pawn on the eight file forcing her opponent to resign," he said.

"Aarti Sewak, playing in board four on her maiden appearance in an international tournament, played exceptionally well with a mating combination on the kingside which left her opponent running out of time.

"WFM Kieran Lyons in board one showed a mastery of the endgame and outplayed her rival to clinch the match point.

"WCM Gloria Sukhu was unfortunate and lost her rook advantage and her game when her opponent managed to promote her pawn."

The Olympiad started on Saturday and Fiji's men's side were not as lucky as the women's.

"The Open (Men's) Team of Candidate Masters Calvin Prasad, Manoj Kumar and Sanmogam Goundar, and newcomer Taione Sikivou lost their first and second round matches to higher-rank Finland laced with a grandmaster and international masters, and Jordan with three FIDE masters in the first three boards and an international master in board four."

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