“He has a chance to improve as he is just entering the prime age of 20 to 30 years old. Next, he will compete against the crème de la crème, such as Magnus Carlsen,” he added, referring to the current world chess champion from Norway. Novendra earned an Elo rating of 2,500 to earn his GM title after beating international master (IM) Klaudia Kulon of Poland at the Liberec Open in the Czech Republic.He collected 8.5 points after nine rounds. Novendra, who started playing chess at the age of 6 after watching his father play the sport, has an Elo rating of 2,502. Playing with a carefree attitude was his key to winning the Liberec Open, said Novendra who said he often struggled with stage fright while competing.Percasi development and achievements department head Kristianus Liem said Novendra would need to work hard to improve his research skills. In an era where technology has influenced sports, Kristianus said many chess players had been doing a lot of research on their opponents. “In chess, it is really hard to advance to the next level. But some players can advance [drastically] once they surpass a certain level. I hope that is the case with Novendra, as he has reached GM level,” he added.Novendra said he would go all-out to achieve super GM status.“It will be an uphill battle from here on. I have to set a target to increase my Elo rating to 2,600 in two or three years,” he said. Chess prodigy Novendra Priasmoro seems to be entering a new chapter after claiming the grandmaster (GM) title last week. The 20-year-old is expected to display consistency to achieve super grandmaster status. It was GM Utut Adianto himself who encouraged him to achieve more. Novendra, who is sponsored by heavy equipment distributor PT United Tractors, is the eighth Indonesian chess player to secure the title. Its has been 16 years since Susanto Megaranto claimed the same title in 2004 when he was 17.“Novendra’s journey to grandmaster has been filled with many ups and downs. Is this the end of the journey [for Novendra]? I say no. Ideally, Novendra needs to be able to earn an Elo rating of 2,700,” said Utut, who is also the head of Indonesian Chess Association (Percasi). “[Being] grandmaster is an achievement. Ideally, a grandmaster should stay in Europe, tour [the region] to compete in tournaments,” he added.Utut, who is also a lawmaker, said Percasi was discussing a training program to increase Novendra’s Elo rating.Utut advised his junior to focus on his career and to not think about other things, like getting married. “Most of the problems faced by Indonesian athletes are non-technical. We should ask about his commitment. Success cannot be achieved without sacrifice,” he said. Topics :
Eagles United and Silver Shattas reach semi’sBy Joe ChapmanREIGNING champions Silver Shattas were held to a nil-all draw by an improved showing from Kwakwani Strikers but still advanced to the semi-finals of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football championship.Meanwhile, Eagles United 2-1 win over Botafago also ensured that they moved into the semi-finals when play continued on Friday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground .Eagles entered the final four play-offs after showing continued good form to come from behind to remain unbeaten.D. Francis was able to send his side into the lead in the 27th minute as Botafago looked set to build from their 4-1 roll over of Hi Stars.However, Eagles after trailing at the end of the first half 1-0, would knot the scores at 1-1 through Kwesi Quintin in the 39th minute.As the game continued with both sides looking for the deciding goal after the second half began, it would be Eagles’ Kellon Primo who struck home the decider in the 76th minute of play.This made it 2-1 and the game would remain the same when the final whistle came, as Eagles United now seek a place in the final.However, Botafago still have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals as they would face Topp XX in a battle among the second best teams from their groups to advance with the three top teams from the three groups.The second game saw champions, Silver Shattas, being held to a 1-1 draw which would allow them to remain unbeaten after their first game win against Topp XX by a 3-1 margin and this nil-all draw.The championship will continue next Wednesday when Blueberry Hill faces Net Rockers in the first game to complete play in Group C.That game will decide who goes through as Blueberry Hill have a win while Net Rockers a drawn game, with Amelia’s Ward Panthers the third team in the group, out after a draw and a loss.
– Culture and Youth mergedBy Stephan Sookram Charles Ramson Jnr. will take up his tenure as the Minister with responsibility for Culture Youth and Sport following the swearing in of new government ministers yesterday.Ramson Jnr, a former presidential adviser to the Donald Ramotar administration, has now been handed the keys to a sector many feel should have its own subject minister.This was not the case in the previous government as the sport sector was absorbed and ultimately overshadowed by the education sector.After his swearing in at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC), Ramson gave a quick comment saying, “As far as sport is concerned, right now sport is very disorganised, so I want to be able to start to get sport organised in this country.”While he did not outline his plans for the sector, Ramson Jnr is no stranger to the sporting world, being an active participant in cricket; he now has the job of reforming the sport sector.One of the many things the new minister has to look at is the refurbishment and ultimate development of the South Dakota Race track into an international venue.In its manifesto, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) campaigned heavily on the refurbishing and further development of the Timehri-based motorsport circuit, the home of racing locally.President Irfan Ali had spoken to this on numerous rallies and it is also outlined in the party’s manifesto, indicating that there are plans to revamp the venue.Other plans outlined for the sector in the Manifesto are to ensure that each region has a premium, multi-purpose sporting facility that could be used for multiple events.This ties into the PPP/C’s plan to also build sport academies to serve all regions, another plan outlined in the manifesto.The Manifesto also outlined plans for the provision of incentive packages for the businesses that provide sponsorship or employment opportunities for sports persons and athletes.Outside of the Manifesto, the new minister is also expected to look at the reform of the sector, including the long promised sport policy.
Freshman Alex Banayan won more than $30,000 worth of prizes on The Price is Right thanks to “pure luck.”“It’s totally a funny story,” he said. “On the Monday of finals week two days before my finals, USC Hillel sent out a Facebook message saying they had some tickets for The Price is Right. So I said, ‘What the heck? I’ll go, I’ll get the tickets.’”Jackpot · Freshman Alex Banayan decided to attend The Price is Right on a whim after receiving a Facebook messaged from USC Hillel. – Photo courtesy of Alex Banayan In an episode that aired Monday, Banayan won a billiard table, a VIP trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, a five-day trip to Florida that includes a zero-gravity flight and an 18-foot sailboat — collectively worth $32,288.Banayan said that when he was called down, he did not even know how to play the game.“I had to ask people in the audience, ‘How do you play?’ I had to ask Drew Carey during the commercial break how to play the Showcase,” Banayan said. “The audience would laugh at me and yell at me because I was the 18-year-old kid who didn’t know how to play The Price is Right. I was winning each round by pure luck.”In the One Bid first round, he guessed that a billiard table priced at $1,100 was worth $800. He didn’t win in the pricing game, but was entered in the Showcase Showdown, the final round, with a lucky spin.“I was way under, but everyone just guessed a little over, so they all got out. So I was the only guy that made it on,” he said. “When I was spinning the wheel [to be in the Showcase round], the girl before me got an 80 and I got an 85.”Banayan narrowly won the Showcase prize — the Six Flags and Florida trips and the boat — guessing they were collectively valued at $30,000.The woman he was competing against guessed that her $30,332 package was $28,999: a $1,333 difference. Banayan’s package, however, was worth $31,188, a $1,188 difference, which Carey called “very close.”“During my finals I was sitting there thinking, ‘Why am I taking a final? I just won a boat.’ My brain was all over the place,” Banayan said. “It totally screwed me up for finals, but it was totally worth it.”The episode featuring Banayan aired Monday and can be watched on the CBS website.“After I won, all my friends from USC stormed the stage,” Banayan said. “It was a really fun experience.”