Taffin Khan and Ronuel Greenidge are among nine players who won their first match on Thursday when the second GAICO Construction Chess Tournament commenced at the National Racquet Centre.Taffin KhanThe competition of fighting chess saw three Berbicians entering the fray: Dane Grimmond, Steve Leung and Jacob Nauth. Three junior players are also boldly facing the seniors for supremacy.Joshua Gopaul, former Junior Champion, accepted a draw offer from his senior counterpart Shiv Nandalall in a bitter encounter lasting almost four hours.Junior player Ethan Lee also agreed to a drawn result following the second request from his senior opponent Loris Nathoo. However, Jaden Taylor of St. Stanislaus College went down to his opponent Roberto Neto.Twenty-two players, including the three juniors, are in battle mode to accumulate Grand Prix points in the competition.Rounds Two and Three will be played on Sunday, while Rounds Four and Five will run off on Tuesday and Thursday respectively. The final two rounds will be run off on Sunday next at the same venue.
THE DONEGAL potato crop is ruined, farmers warned today.More than 80% of spuds are still in the fields because of the dreadful rainfall of the last few weeks.And that could hit next year’s crops – because so much of the seed potato for 2012 hasn’t been harvested. Today the Irish Farmers Association has called on the Government to carry out an audit of the disaster.“The October rainfall here was 204mm compared to 62mm last year and 90mm the year before. Many farms are flooded and we need at least four clear days to be able to get at the crop,” said Bridgend farmer Charlie Doherty.“There is also another problem for growers. Potatoes have been growing near the surface of the drills this year because they did not have to go down low to find moisture.“This will mean if there is any frost at all, there will be total devastation of the crop and we will not be able to salvage any.” Mr Doherty said he stood to lose at least €250,000 if he could not get his crop because it cost €2,500 an acre to plough, plant and tend to a crop to the stage where it was being harvested.“A lot of the growers will go to the wall if there is no take-up in the weather and already I think about 30 per cent of the Donegal crop is lost and will not be recoverable,” he tells today’s Irish Times.SPUD CROP ‘RUINED’ SAY FARMERS was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalpotato crop ruined