By Michael Benjamin
National Senior Chess Champion, Wendell Meusa clinched a draw against his more highly
rated opponent and only senior Women’s International Master in the English speaking Caribbean, Debra Richards, and distinguished himself as a worthwhile foe when action in the second day of the Umada Cup 2014 Chess Championships continued at the Sleep Inn Hotel, Brickdam, Stabroek, yesterday morning.
Moments after the completion of the game, Ms Richards congratulated Meusa but explained that she miscalculated the time of the resumption and lost more than 30 minutes on her clock. “I’m generally a slow player and to have conceded so much time was a great setback,” she explained. Nonetheless, she feels that Meusa is a good player and a worthwhile opponent.
Earlier in the morning, Meusa had outplayed his Surinamese opponent, Joel Frijde and has so far accumulated 2 ½ points after defeating his countryman, Roberto Neto on the inaugural day of the championships.
Former national champion, Kriskal Persaud, also played remarkably and won all three of his games so far. On the inaugural day he defeated Malgie Avikaar (Sur) and followed up yesterday with victories over his countryman, CM Anthony Drayton and CM Esan Wiltshire of Trinidad and Tobago.
Former National Junior Champion and Candidate Master, Anthony Drayton, did not do so well after losing to Persaud yesterday morning. He then scored an impressive victory over Surinamese, Joel Frijde.
In other results yesterday, CM Ronuel Greenidge lost to Esan Wiltshire of Trinidad and Tobago but rebounded with a victory over Surinamese, WCM Reyna Frijde. Maria Varona Thomas won from Frank Lo Kim Lin (Sur) before defeating National Junior Champion, Haifeng Su.
Haifeng also conceded his first game yesterday to Jamaican, Andrew Mellace, currently the highest rated player in the Challenger’s category.
David Khan (Guy) experienced some measure of difficulty against Suriname’s U-14 players Alisha Jaipersaud and Calvin Finkie and did well to concede draws in both games.
Errol Tiwari drew his first game yesterday against Calvin Finkie (Sur) and then lost to his countryman, Roberto Neto. The later player also conceded a draw against Rashad Hussain. Hussain then rebounded with a win over Alisha Jaipersaud.
Loris Nathoo was absent on the inaugural day but returned yesterday morning to defeat his countryman, Trenton Bennett but lost to Avikar Malgie (Sur) in the final game of the day.
Former Senior Champion, Taffin Khan, is the sole local player in the Open Category and secured a draw in his first game yesterday morning against former Suriname National Champion, FM Roger Mattoewi before replicating the result against Dominican, Christo Guzman.
Glenford Corlette lost to Surinamese, Avikar Malgie and Gyren DosRamos.
The tournament is being played under the auspices of President of FIDE, the world governing body for chess, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The players are competing for sizeable monetary awards amounting to more than US$16,000.
The winner of the Open Category receives US$2,500, while the second place finisher will get US$1,500 with the third place receiving US$1,000. The winner of the Challenger Section receives US$1,500, with the runner-up and third place taking home US$1,000US and $750 respectively. In the case of a tie, the sum at stake will be equally divided. Activities continue today.
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