Chess double victory

Members of the Team Fiji Chess during the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Fiji chess team celebrated a double victory on the weekend during the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India.

The Fijian women’s team beat Guyana and the open team got the better of British Virgin Islands.

In the match against Guyana, Board 1 Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons trapped Pooja Lam in a checkmate combination that won her a queen within 30 minutes of start time, Board 3 Cydel Kabrina Terubea defeated Nellisha Johnson in an endgame, while on Board 4 Tanvi Radha Prasad, 15, of Jai Narayan College in Suva beat Anaya Lall.

Fiji women beat Guyana 3 – 1.

“It was a convincing win for Fiji with most boards taking advantage of the game early on,” said open team captain Goru Arvind.

“Considering that the team barely had a few weeks to prepare for the Olympiad, this is a fine result from the girls who are coached by Ryan Joshua Lyons.”

Fiji’s open team simultaneously found form when it met British Virgin Islands with Board 1 Prashant Sarup holding off Art Christopher to a solid draw, Board 2 candidate master (CM) Ronald Terubea completely outplaying Leo Hewlett, Board 3 Rudr Ravi Prasad, 17, of Jai Narayan College beat Mia Burth, and Board 4 Prashil Prakash forcing Jhon Samuel into a losing position with tactical play that earned him an extra Knight. Fiji Open beat British Virgin Islands 3.5 – 0.5.

“Registering back-to-back wins in a world championship is what makes our 30 hours of travel with jet lag to India worth the effort. We are thankful to international master (IM) Sekhar Sahu, who is assisting India women’s team 3 for providing the players with 20-hours of online coaching via Google Meets for five weekends prior to the event.”

“Members of Team Fiji are in good spirit after the wins, and other notable games are WFM Kieran Lyons drawing with WFM Hurtado Yaleika Chung of Panama, Avinesh Nadan having a tied match with Cosme Guterres of Timor-Leste, and Rudr Ravi Prasad beating Marcos da Conceicao of Timor-Leste.”

All-India-Chess-Federation (AICF) plans to host a grand closing ceremony for 2000 chess players, captains and officials from 188 countries at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai tomorrow.

Team Fiji also registered more points in the 44th World Chess Olympiad as the women’s team beat Myanmar and drew with Japan.

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