Lane favourite to win
Day four of the Fijian Chess Festival sees the final round of the 2nd Fiji International Open tournament with the Fiji team chasing Australian International Master (IM) Gary Lane who leads the field by a clear point and half. “IM Gary Lane has played strongly and is poised to win the event going into this round with a major advantage. He faces Paul Spiller from New Zealand in his final match,” said deputy arbiter Gaurav Raicar. In round six, Rakiraki-based John Caldeira continued his good form in this tournament by beating Australian Bill Egan. Despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston Caldeira continued to maintain his chess prowess, as evident by his sound performance in this tournament. Candidate Master (CM) Ronald Terubea managed to draw his game with New Zealand Olympiad team member Nadia Braganza in a seesawing match while CM Calvin Prasad drew a very tactical endgame with CM Hilton Bennett of New Zealand in a pawn and minor piece endgame which leaves him the best placed of the locals. In the local derbies, upcoming youngster Semisi Vukikomoala defeated CM Noel Adricula. Vukikomoala, 13, is the surprise package of the tournament having recorded notable wins against much stronger and experienced opponents. Meanwhile, nine-year old Oympiad rep, Tanvi Prasad continues to impress by beating fellow teammate Cydel Terubea in a tactical finish. The closing ceremony will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm.
Gary Lane (left) versus CM Paul Spiller at the Fijian Chess Festival in Nadi.
Semisi Vukikomoala in action at the Fijiian Chess Festival.