Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

THE Fiji Chess Federation will be hosting the national primary, second and tertiary schools teams’ championship this Saturday in Suva.

The day-long championship to be held at Level 4 Tappoo City conference room will have competitions between teams of three.

Federation president Doctor Virgilio De Asa said the tournament was exclusively for students while the senior players had taken a break to prepare for the National Championship which would be held next month.

Primary and secondary teams from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Bhawani Dayal Arya College, Marist Brothers, Saint Joseph’s and Yat Sen are expected to participate.

Federation secretary Goru Arvind is expecting a good turnout.

“A large number of new players have shown interest in our Sunday chess coaching sessions this year,” Arvind said in a statement.

Hilda Vukikomoala will be among senior players who will be assisting the young ones this weekend. Picture: SUPPLIED`
Hilda Vukikomoala will be among senior players who will be assisting the young ones this weekend. Picture: SUPPLIED

“Teenagers like Menash Fareed, Kabrina Terubea, women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala and CM Ronald Terubea who have defeated international players from countries like Solomon Islands, Australia, Pakistan, Barbados, Afghanistan and New Zealand will surely be an asset to the teams that they will lead.

“Apart from them, we have other respectable younger players like national under-20 champion Keez Terubea, Jacquelyn Masilomani, Kelvyn Prasad, Jeryka Prasad, Claudia Koroi and Atman Nand who are capable of providing stiff competition.”

Junior development officer Gloria Sukhu said “2012 and 2013 are successful years for younger players in the international arena.

“The youngest player who won against Price Tepuke, the national champion of Solomon Islands was only 11 years old when he achieved the feat, and we hope that more good chess continues to come from the children of Fiji.”

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