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Fiji draws with Palestine

Fiji was literally on fire in round eight of the 41st Chess Olympiad at Tromso, Norway against Palestine. “I think the overall team spirit has reached excellent levels after the
12 Aug 2014 17:07

Fiji was literally on fire in round eight of the 41st Chess Olympiad at Tromso, Norway against Palestine.

“I think the overall team spirit has reached excellent levels after the win against Ethiopia,” women’s captain John Lyons said.

“I asked the girls to play cool and they managed to hold off their Palestinian rivals.”

The women’s match was more even since Board 2 WCM Gloria Sukhu and Board 4 Aarti Sewak had fallen to skilful play from Jehad Mohamed and Al-Bzoor Anwar.

Fiji’s women’s FIDE Masters Kieran Lyons and Hilda Tauma’oe Vukikomoala fought back strongly as they defeated Yara Faqih and Aseel Faqeeh to draw 2 – 2.

Palestine was a difficult opponent for Fiji Open since they were ranked higher. National champion Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad increased his score to 4.5/8 after winning against Board 1 CM Ahmed Shobaita (2067).

Board 2 CM Manoj Kumar battled for five long hours before settling for a knight versus pawns draw against Baha Miswadah. Board 3 CM Sanmogam Goundar resigned after a brilliant knight fork by Atallah Tamra to tie the match at 1.5 a side.

Debutant Taione Sikivou faced a high ranked International Master (IM) Yunis Michel (2311) on Board 4 and dropped the game after a difficult exchange where he lost a piece. Palestine Open won 2.5 – 1.5.

Earlier, Fiji’s Open team had crushed powerful sides from Bermuda 4-0 and Senegal 3.5 – 0.5.

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