Sikivou Shines In Azerbaijan
Fiji Open Chess Team’s Board 3, Taione Sikivou, became the star of the tournament when he finished with 4.5/10 to earn the title of Candidate Master (CM) at the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Taione played sensible chess by taking very few risks and defeating a number of his higher ranked opponents,” said CM Goru Arvind.
“Fiji now has a total of twelve titled players which is higher than all other South Pacific island countries like Papua New Guinea, Guam, Palau, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.”
On his way to glory, CM Sikivou beat CM Greenidge Ronuel of Guyana, Pierre Junior Claude of Haiti, higher ranked CM Alothman Abdul Wahab of Kuwait and Roberto Hernandez of Palau to register four wins. He ended the tournament with a draw against highly ranked FIDE Master (FM) Sosa Trani Luis of Puerto Rico to confirm his international title.
“Taione’s achievement in Azerbaijan is a proud moment for all Fijians,” said CM Arvind.
“This should be an inspiration for young and upcoming players like Zen Borg, Russell Talonga, Rudr Prasad, William Bennion and Semesi Vukikomoala who have the potential to aim for international chess titles for Fiji in the future.”
Fiji’s Open Chess Team ended with 6 match-points after they drew with Guyana 2-2, drew with Malawi 2-2, defeated Haiti 2.5-1.5 and demolished Palau 4-0.
At the end of the tournament, Fiji’s Open Team was ranked 160/180 under a Swiss Pairing System. Fiji’s Women also had a decent outing where they amassed 6 match-points after defeating Kuwait 3-1, Swaziland 4-0 and Tanzania 4-0.
GIRL, 9, SETS NEW NATIONAL RECORD
Nine-year-old Tanvi Prasad stamped her mark by winning against Swaziland in only 9 moves which is a national record in terms of fastest win recorded in a World Chess Championship by a local rep.
The next major international events in Fiji Chess Federation’s calendar are the 2017 Oceania Zonal Chess Tournament in New Zealand and the 2018 World Chess Olympiad at Batumi, Georgia where new players would stand a chance to make their debut along with established players.
The local tournament calendar would resume by October 2016, and formal announcements would be made through the media in due course.
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua