Lane favourite to win

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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.

Photo: Fiji Chess Fed­er­a­tion

Gary Lane (left) ver­sus CM Paul Spiller at the Fi­jian Chess Fes­ti­val in Nadi.

Photo: Fiji Chess Fed­er­a­tion

Semisi Vukiko­moala in ac­tion at the Fi­ji­ian Chess Fes­ti­val.

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