Chess players impress – FBC News

Fijian team chess players, Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons, Aarti Sewak and Tanvi Prasad, 14, looked impressive at the recent FIDE Online Olympics.

The trio took a barrage of victories with a total of 33 points to propel the Fiji team to the top 110 countries in a world championship.

This is the first time that Fiji has achieved such a foothold in chess since 1979.

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The standard FIDE rating for Fiji is 163.

Lyon surprised the competition by beating various international counterparts including Gul Mehak of Pakistan, Alanoud Al Ghafri of Oman, Maldives player Niyaha Ahmed, Najla Ahmed of

Bahrain, Guam representative Myra Ollet, Rachelle Hoareau from Seychelles, Laos national Vilayvone Thongsaly Laos and Azahari Siti Nur Fatimah from Brunei Darussalam.

She also drew with Kiwi Sophia Feng on her last turn.

Sewak and Prasad were no different in defeating a number of rivals around the world.

Fiji’s online representatives are expected to open the 2021-2022 World Chess League, hosted by Peter Hornsby from the UK later in the week.

A total of 141 amateur chess teams are registered for the event which is scheduled until July 2022.

[Source: Fiji Chess]

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