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Six-time national chess champion FM Ryan
Harper maintained his status at the top of the sport
by winning the prestigious Knights Open tourna-
ment, finishing the seven round Swiss on six points.
Harper, in fact, played undefeated as he defaulted
his first round game. The champion, however, has
to share the top spot with 22-year-old Kevin Cupid
who also scored six and remained equal with him
even on the tiebreak.
With four players on five points each, the final
round became an exciting affair. CM Joshua Johnson,
former junior champion, kept the lead unbeaten up
to the fifth round but faded at the finish, going under
to Esan Wiltshire in the sixth and Harper in the sev-
Cupid, who also defaulted in the first-round, had
an excellent tournament as he kept abreast of Harper
by winning the rest of his games. He climaxed his
performance by an impressive last-round victory
Veteran Andrew Bowles took third place, half a
point behind the winners. Bowles showed his con-
sistency by outplaying Roderick Noel, another
notable veteran, in the final round.
The tournament, 41st in the annual Knights Open
series, attracted a record total of 55 players including
several juniors. The keeness of the play was shown
in the five-point finish of five players, Joshua Johnson,
Esan Wiltshire, Hayden Lee, Kena Bartholomew and
The popular tournament has become associated
with its long time venue, the RHAND Credit Union
building on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, where
the prize-giving function will be held, following a
blitz contest, on Thursday. Prizes for the first six
places are: $1500, $1000, $700, $500, $400, $300.
Four special prizes of $200 each will also be awarded
to the Best Junior U20, Best Female, Best Elo U17
and Best Unrated.
Harper wins Knights Open
SPIELBERG, Australia---Lewis Hamilton virtually
conceded his chances of winning today s Austrian
Grand Prix after a disastrous final qualifying session
here Saturday left him ninth on the grid for the
eighth Formula One race of the season.
One of the favourites for the drivers' title this
season, Hamilton suffered a couple of mishaps which
left him down the field, and with all to do if he is
to reach the podium in Sunday's race. Instead,
Williams locked out the front row with Felipe Massa
snatching pole in a time of one minute, 8.759 seconds,
and Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing second.
Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will
start from the second row after finishing third yes-
On his first lap, the 29-year-old Brit had his time
ruled out after running wide on Turn Eight and then
spun out on the second lap with an apparent problem.
Then, on the crucial final lap, Hamilton locked up
his rear wheels on Turn Two and failed to register
"I just didn't finish a lap in Q3 today -- sometimes
you get it all together, sometimes you don't and today
I didn't get the job done," said Hamilton, whose
parental grandparents are Grenadian.
"The feeling in the car has been good all weekend
and I think we had the pace. My first lap in Q3 was
looking good before I went wide in the second-to-
last corner, and I think that lap would probably have
"Then on the second run, I hit the brakes into
Turn Two and just locked the rears. I still need to
look at the data to see exactly what happened. It's
a long race and I need to try and recover as much
as I can from this loss."
He added: "The shot for the win will be very hard
so I guess it's mainly a case of damage limitation.
I will be doing all I can to put myself in a strong
position and to get good points for the team."
Hamilton lies second in the standings on 118 points,
22 points behind Rosberg, in what has been a stellar
season. He has won four races, all coming on the
run in Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain. He has
been on pole four times this season and Saturday's
result represents the first time he has not been part
of the front row for an event. (CMC)
Hamilton's chances slim
after poor qualifying
Lewis Hamilton ... to start from ninth
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