Tough world competition for Chess Fiji team

Fiji players in a Zoom Meeting from Day 1 of the Olympiad. Picture: FIJI CHESS FEDERATION

Team Fiji is one of the 153 teams from all over the globe which is participating in the FIDE Online Olympiad 2021 tournament.

The tournament is organised by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) and comprising of a mixed tournament for both males and females.

The second edition of the Online Olympiad has received the support and sponsorship of the Shenzhen authorities.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, FIDE’s 44th World Chess Olympiad was postponed in 2020.

The 43th World Chess Olympiad was hosted by Batumi, Georgia in 2018.

The current tournament is the second edition of the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad. The first was hosted between July 24 to August 30, last year where India and Russia were joint winners.

In the second edition of this tournament, Fiji is in Pool A of Division 4.

In the first round, Fiji had a nice victory over Pakistan with a score of 3.5 – 2.5, report Chess Fiji.

During the second round, Fiji had the same score over rivals Oman.

Fiji played Hong Kong in round three and the scores favoured Hong Kong.

Fiji did make a comeback including two 6-0 wins in rounds 9 and 10, but a 2-4 loss to Lebanon shattered any hopes of taking one of the three qualifying spots.

Team Fiji is represented by Manoj Kumar and Taione Senikuta with Avinesh Prasad and Noel Adricula as their respective reserves.

Two females Arti Sewak and WFM Keiran Lyons and two under-18s players Tanvi Prasad and Rudr Prasad were also part of the event.

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