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Our women beat Ethiopia

The Fiji national team registered a convincing win against Ethiopia at the 41st Chess Olympiad at Tromso, Norway on Sunday. “They walked into the venue determined,” captain John Lyons said.
05 Aug 2014 08:35

The Fiji national team registered a convincing win against Ethiopia at the 41st Chess Olympiad at Tromso, Norway on Sunday.
“They walked into the venue determined,” captain John Lyons said.
“I told the girls to be wary of their opponents, respect on the chessboard is vital at this level and I’m happy that we won 3-1.”
On board one, Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons forced Alemu Huluka to resign because of an overwhelming pawn attack in the end game. Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu fought a difficult rival in the form of H.A. Alemu where positional advantage rattled between the two like a see-saw. After four hours of play, Sukhu resigned on Board Two after a valiant attempt to stop her opponent from promoting a Queen.
However, WFM Hilda Vukikomoala demonstrated professionalism in chess by dominating Azeb A. Berhe from the very start on board three. After a tactical exchange where Vukikomoala gained an extra Knight, Azeb was eventually forced to accept a loss.
The big surprise came from debutant Aarti Sewak on Board 4, who at this point is playing her first ever International Chess Championship. Aarti manoeuvred Zeleke Menassie into an unavoidable checkmate and ended up scoring another vital point for Fiji.
The Open team which consists of CM Calvin Prasad, CM Manoj Kumar, CM Sanmogam Goundar and debutant Taione Sikivou lost 0-4 to higher ranked Jordan after tussling for almost five hours.
“I congratulate the efforts of our women’s team,” Fiji’s Official Olympiad delegate Dr. Virgilio De Asa said. “Kieran, Gloria and Hilda played very mature games and I am also happy that our new player Aarti has managed to find form early on.”
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