Greenidge reigns supreme in Malta Supreme Chess Grand Prix 4


The Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) wrapped up the first half of its 2024 Grand Prix series, with Ronuel Greenidge emerging victorious in the Malta Supreme Chess Grand Prix 4.

The eight-round tournament at the David Rose Special School in Thomas Lands concluded on June 30th, 2024.

Greenidge, a seasoned player with the Candidate Master (CM) title, edged out the competition with a commanding 6.5 points. The second to fourth positions were determined by tie-break systems, with Loris Nathoo ( six points), Sachin Pitamber ( six points), and Ethan Lee ( sixpoints) following close behind.

Aditi Joshi and Ciel Clement

Tournament Highlights:

  • The Zhang brothers, Alexander and Nicholas, delivered contrasting performances. Alexander secured a draw against Greenidge in Round Seven, while Nicholas succumbed to Greenidge’s pressure in the final round. Greenidge’s strategic maneuvering forced Nicholas to sacrifice a Knight and ultimately concede defeat on move 41.
  • Pitamber secured a strong victory over Alexander Zhang in Round Eight. After maneuvering for a winning position, Pitamber threatened to capture Zhang’s Bishop, prompting Zhang’s resignation on move 39.
  • A brief presentation ceremony recognised the top three finishers on Sunday, June 30th. Notably, 14-year-old Aditi Joshi claimed the best female player prize.

Top performers in the Grand Prix series will contribute to the qualification system for the FIDE 45th Chess Olympiad in Budapest, Hungary, scheduled for September 2024.

The GCF extends its gratitude to sponsors Banks DIH and the MALTA SUPREME brand and the Ministry of Education and David Rose Special School for facilitating the venue.

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