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Big wins for Fiji chess side

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE Fiji chess team recorded inspirational victories on Friday during the sixth round of the 41st Chess Olympiad being held in Tromso, Norway.

The national men's team outclassed Senegal by three points to register their second match team points over four boards.

Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad led the charge for the men's team with two strong passed pawns in a Queens Pawn Opening which cleared the way for an inspiring win.

According to Fiji open team captain Dr Virgilio de Asa, Prasad now has a personal tally of 2.5 points in six games.

"CM Manoj Kumar also joined the winning circle with a defensive and tactical play in board two," Dr de Asa said in a statement.

"CM Sanmogam Goundar, on the other hand, caught his opponent by surprise when he castled on the opposite side and launched a powerful onslaught on the king side with all his major pieces trapping the queen which forced his board rival to resign after just 22 moves.

"Dr Jasvindar Singh in board four agreed for a draw to preserve the winning slate of the team."

Meanwhile, the women's team overcame Malawi, 2.5 points to 1.5, to notch the important match team point.

"Women FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons showed a mastery of the endgame. With equal pieces and even position in the middle game, she demonstrated her superb endgame skills in a pawn and rook endgame to win in a convincing fashion. She leads the point scorer so far for the national team with 3.5 points with three wins and a draw," de Asa said.

National team rookie Aarti Sewak of USP continued with her consistent form and is proving to be the X-factor in the women's team.

She won her sixth round match in a strong attacking game for her third win in the chess arena.

Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu is yet to register a win.

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