A keen battle for honours culminated with two of Guyana’s top chess players, Candidate Master (CM) Taffin Khan and former Junior Champion, HaiFeng Su, amassing 6 ½ points apiece and the organizers were forced to apply the tie break system to separate them.
In the end it was Khan who benefitted and was awarded the top prize when the curtains came down on the 3 days FIDE-rated ‘Andrew Arts Memorial’ Chess tournament at the National Resource Center, Woolford Avenue last Sunday evening.
Another CM, Anthony Drayton, scored 5 points and finished in the 3rd place. On the final day, Drayton, Joshua Pedro, Rashad Hussain, Roberto Neto and CM Maria Varona-Thomas were all in winners’ row while the game between Ryan Singh and Sheriffa Ali ended in a stalemate.
HaiFeng Su had earlier defeated Joshua Pedro moments before Khan had registered an upset win over Drayton. HaiFeng Su also won from Rashad Hussain who in turn rebounded with a win over Varona-Thomas.
It was in the penultimate round that Khan won his game against Olympiad teammate Roberto Neto with HaiFeng Su continuing his winning streak. Jessica Callender, who had had poor fortunes in the tournament persevered and eventually scored her first win against Jason Wills. Khan had earlier defeated Sheriffa Ali while the latter player rebounded with a victory over veteran player, Errol Tiwari.
Meanwhile, Tournament Director, Irshad Mohamed dubbed the tournament a grueling affair. This was evident when one noted the concluding round of the tournament and the toll it took on the participating players who forfeited their respective games.
Roberto Neto and Ryan Goliah were the other two players who emerged successful in their respective games.
Mr. Mohamed congratulated the players moments before handing over the respective prizes. He also said a special thank you to the management of Andrew Arts for their generous support. He said that such support was the catalyst to the success of the tournament.
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