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Manoj chases chess title

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. National chess Grand Prix defending champion, Manoj Kumar is aiming to retain the title this year. Fiji Chess Federation, assistant secretary, Krishneel Nair yesterday confirmed
12 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA. National chess Grand Prix defending champion, Manoj Kumar is aiming to retain the title this year.
Fiji Chess Federation, assistant secretary, Krishneel Nair yesterday confirmed Kumar’s participation in the Rajnesh Prameshwar Memorial Open.
“He will take part with candidate Master Calvin Prasad.”
Prasad is the only chess player in Fiji with the title of candidate master, a step closer to being the black belt.
Nair said apart from the two, Dr Neel Arora, Jashint Maharaj, and two Indian College students, Rodney Sharma and Navneel Kumar are also eyeing for the Open title.
“Calvin Prasad won last year and Manoj will be a threat to Prasad trying to retain the title.”
Nair said Kumar who won the Fiji Games rapid Play is aiming for the open title to get him a step closer to retaining the Grand Prix.
“If he gets the maximum number of wins in the National tournaments then he’s got a good chance.”
Kumar who won the Grand Prix last year got an automatic place into the National team for the World Chess Olympiad.
He would be joined by Arora, Prasad and Dr Sanmogan Goundar.
“If Kumar wins the Grand prix again this year it would mean a place in the Oceania Zonal for him.”
Nair said the tournament would begin on Saturday.
“I cannot confirm the amount of players that would be participating.”
He added the reason was the tournament was open to all and any player willing to take part could do so.



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