Team Fiji Chess On Winning Run

Team Fiji celebrated a double-victory at the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India.
09 Aug 2022 16:15
Team Fiji Chess On Winning Run
Photo: Fiji Chess Federation

Team Fiji celebrated a double-victory at the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India.

The women’s team beat Guyana 3-1 and the Open Team got the better of British Virgin Islands, 3.5-0.5

In the match against Guyana, Board 1 Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons trapped Pooja Lam in a checkmate combination that won her a queen within 30 minutes of start time.

Board 3 Cydel Kabrina Terubea defeated Nellisha Johnson in an endgame, and Board 4 15-year old Tanvi Radha Prasad of Jai Narayan College won against Anaya Lall.

“It was a convincing win for Fiji with most boards taking advantage of the game early on,” said Open Team captain Goru Arvind.

“Considering that the team barely had a few weeks to prepare for the Olympiad, this is a fine result from the girls who are coached by Ryan Joshua Lyons.”

Fiji’s Open Team simultaneously found form when they met British Virgin Islands with Board 1 Prashant Sarup holding off Art Christopher to a solid draw.

Board 2 Candidate Master (CM) Ronald Terubea completely outplaying Leo Hewlett.

Board 3 17-year old Rudr Ravi Prasad of Jai Narayan College defeating Mia Burth, and Board 4 Prashil Prakash forcing Jhon Samuel into a losing position with tactical play that earned him an extra Knight.

Worth the effort

“Registering back-to-back wins in a World Championship is what makes our 30-hours of travel with jet lag to India worth the effort,” added Arvind.

“We are also thankful to International Master (IM) Sekhar Sahu who is currently assisting India women’s team 3 for providing the players with 20-hours of online coaching via Google Meets for five weekends prior to the event.”

Members of Team Fiji are in good spirit after the wins.

Other notable games are WFM Kieran Lyons drawing with WFM Hurtado Yaleika Chung of Panama, Avinesh Nadan having a tied match with Cosme Guterres of Timor-Leste, and Rudr Ravi Prasad beating Marcos da Conceicao of Timor-Leste.

All-India-Chess-Federation (AICF) is planning to host a grand closing ceremony for 2000 chess players, captains and officials from 188 countries.


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