Veteran Michael Pereira upsets National champion to lead Topco Juice Mash Chess
Saeed Ali leads juniors
Veteran chess player, Michael Pereira scored a stunning upset victory over National Champion Wendell Meusa when play in the Topco Juice Mash Chess Tournament continued over the past weekend at the Keishar’s Staff Club, Camp and Hadfield Streets Georgetown.
Pereira also defeated Kenrick Braithwaite and David Khan in round two and three respectively to assume the lead at the end of the half way stage of the tournament. Taffin Khan, the pre tournament favorite, suffered a major setback after dropping his first round game to Haatram Parbat.
Play in the fourth round continued on Thursday and saw Pereira fighting off a heavy attack from Errol Tiwari to gain an advantage in the endgame. The shrewd Tiwari, however, employed all of his experience and wit to hold out for a draw.
Wendell Meusa rebounded from the loss to Pereira to defeat David Khan while Kenrick Brathwaite got the better of Ronald Roberts. Haatram Parbat scored a win over Nowrattan Persaud while in another thrilling encounter Shiv Nandalall overcame Taffin Khan. The former player played an excellent game and at one stage had the former junior champion fighting off two rooks against his Bishop and Knight. Nandalall’s cunning was too much for Khan and the latter player eventually threw in his hand.
The points standing after four rounds read: Michael Pereira and Errol Tiwari (31/2) with Pereira taking the lead by dint of the tiebreaker system, Wendell Meusa and Shiv Nandalall (3 apiece) David Khan, Kenrick Brathwaite, Haatram Parbat, Carlos Allicock and Taffin Khan (2 points each). Frankie Farley and Ronald Roberts (1 ½) and Ryan Singh and Nowrattan Persaud (1) close off the points standings for the seniors
Saeed Ali has amassed 4 points to assume the lead in the junior category with Raan Motilall in hot pursuit on 31/2 points. Devendra Singh, Cecil Cox and Mandy Ramnarine are bundled on three points apiece with Farad Baksh and Sheriff Ali on two and a half points each. Eight players are tied on two points apiece.
The tournament continues this Saturday when the senior players get in action from 10:00hrs. The junior players will play one round from 2:30pm, while the final rounds will conclude on Sunday, starting from 10:00hrs for both categories.
The tournament is organized by the Guyana Chess Federation and is sponsored exclusively by DDL under the Topco Juice Brand.