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Prasad tops chess rankings

Paulini Ratulailai
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FIJI Chess Federation ace player Calvin Prasad took out first place by dominating the field and finishing with five points in the two-day FIDE standard-rated tournament in Suva.

The six-player round-robin event was organised to allow Fiji's top players to activate their international rating and two new players to attain a FIDE rating.

National champion Manoj Kumar settled for second place after losing his fifth-round fixture to Prasad while USP student Zen Borg finished third with three wins.

The third-round encounter between Prasad and Borg had 95 moves played over almost four hours before Prasad secured the full point in a minor piece endgame.

The only upset in the tournament was Nadi's Avinesh Nadan beating Labasa's Rajiv Raj to finish fourth. Raj finished fifth, while Kiran Khatri finished sixth.

Nadan is projected to be the next Fijian player to get a FIDE rating.

He has to play one more rated game and should attain an international rating of at least 1537.

President Calvin Prasad was happy with the format of the competition.

"We will be holding more FIDE standard tournaments this year, and it will be open to all players," he said.

"Starting in February, our domestic competitions will feature both a standard and rapid schedule running simultaneously.

"This will allow more players to gain a FIDE rating and provide valuable exposure to local players.

"Fiji's world ranking should dramatically improve once more players get FIDE ratings," Prasad said.

Fiji is ranked 173 and is expected to move up 20 places after FIDE processes the weekend's tournament results.

World rankings are determined by the average rating of a country's top 10 players who have played at least one FIDE standard-rated game during the preceding 12 months.

For this month, Prasad (2020), Kumar (1944), Borg (1668) and Raj (1405) are expected to be in Fiji's top list with Damian Norris (1876), John Caldeira (1708), Cydel Terubea (1434), and Taoba Natu (1394).

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