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Chess teams on song

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

THE national chess teams continue their fine run in the Tromso Chess Olympiad in Norway.

The Fiji men's and women's sides have gradually improved on their rankings after round nine competition on Monday.

The men's team drew with Guam, two points a piece, while the women's team prevailed over Kenya, 2.5 points to 1.5.

According to open team captain Doctor Virgilio de Asa, Candidate Master Manoj Kumar showed the superiority of two bishops against two knights in the end game by protecting his two passed pawns in both diagonal squares to register the first point in the match against Guam.

"CM Sanmogam Goundar in board 3 won a rook in the end game and slowly pushed and promoted his pawn to win his game easily," said Dr de Asa in a Chess Fiji statement.

"CM Calvin Prasad and Dr Jasvindar Singh lost close matches with their respective opponents to even the score."

After the ninth round play, the men's team is ranked 144 out of 177 participating countries with six match team points.

The team recorded victories over Senegal and Bermuda and drew with Bahamas and Guam over four boards.

"With two more rounds to go, the men's team can still improve their rankings if they win their remaining matches," Dr de Asa said.

China and France lead the open standings on 15 match points each.

Meanwhile, the women's team is ranked 105 out of 136 countries with seven match team points and 13.5 individual points.

Women FIDE Master Kieran Lyons top scored for the women's team with 5.5 points followed by WFM Hilda Vukikomoala on four points and Aarti Sewak on three points.

WCM Gloria Sukhu, who finally broke her losing streak winning over WCM Riya Shah of Kenya, with one point.

The Russian women's team is well ahead on 18 match points followed by China with 16 points.

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