We wish to congratulate FM Fy Rakotomaharo who held his nerve to defeat GM Maurice Ashley in their 4 game exhibition match held in Antananarivo yesterday afternoon.

Fy won both the rapid matches which were played at a rate of 15/15 + 10 seconds per increment before Maurice showed his fighting spirit in the first blitz match (3/3 + 2 seconds per move) to keep the match alive.

The killer blow as delivered in the final match however as Fy prevailed to win the overall encounter by a score of 3-1.

The players had entered the match separated by only one single rating point (2440 for Maurice vs 2441 for Fy) and it shaped up as a close fight pitching youth and match fitness vs guile and experience.

Youth prevailed on this occasion but the success of the spectacle and post-match media interviews will certainly go a long way to promoting chess across the country.

We thank Maurice for his ongoing commitment to developing the game across the continent and wish him well for the rest of his stay in Madagascar.