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CLIFFHANGER WIN FOR CM TAIONE!

Candidate Masters (CM) Taione Sikivou and CM Rudr Prasad of The University of the South Pacific showcased masterclass combinations in their chess as the duo notched the first and second positions respectively, with an equally unbeaten score of 8.5/9 to top the 2024 Vodafone Fiji National Rapid Chess Championship at The University of Fiji in Lautoka. CM Taione Sikivou won the overall title by a 2-0 win in an extended finale play-off with CM Rudr Prasad under 5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move blitz games.

Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific wrapped up strongly in third position with 7/9, while the fourth and fifth prizes were secured by FIDE Arena CM Prashil Prakash and Deepak Prasad at 6/9 each.

The National Women's Rapid Championship title was won by Useli Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School with 6/7 against Pritha Ram of Korovuto College who came second with 5/7. Milina Senikuva of Natabua High School finished third with 4/7, while the fourth and fifth positions were taken by Tanmayee Naiker of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School and Catherine Talemaitoga of Natabua Primary School.

"We are thankful to The University of Fiji and Vodafone Fiji for partnering with our team to host a 2-day National Championship in Rapid Format," states General Secretary Goru Arvind. "Excitement for our sport is growing as we tread closer to the 2024 Vodafone Fiji National School Team's Chess Championship in August."

The Under-20 Division was won by Peter Ricardo of Swami Vivekananda High School who tallied 5.5/9, ahead of the next three winners such as Paul Anthony Corpuz of Lautoka Zhong Hua Primary School, Ilaisa Senikuba of Drasa Avenue Primary School, and Shrey Pandey of Xavier College who all had an equal 5/9. Luis Corpuz of Gurukul Primary School came fifth with 4.5/9.

The Under-14 Division was won by Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School by virtue of better tie-break against second-placed Abhiru Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School with a score of 5/9 each. Yash Yuvaan Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School finished third with 4/9, while Blake-Lee Jamnadas of Kid's First Primary School and Arsene Zephyr De Luzuriaga of Gandhi Bhawan Primary School came fourth and fifth with a locked score of 3/9.

"In upcoming weeks, we will announce our final 13-member squad for the 45th World Chess Olympiad at Budapest in Hungary for September 2024," adds Goru Arvind. "After a long and thought-provoking selection process, Team Fiji has locked a team that depicts youth, aggression, experience and patience for the world's 5th largest sporting event. Our training schedule will be intensifying further as we speak."

In special awards, Post-Graduate student from Fiji National University (FNU), Monishkar Naidu and Lavesh Sharma of The University of Fiji grabbed the Best Newcomer Male Award for amassing a solid 5/9 each in their first-ever chess tournament under Fiji Chess Federation.

Shyla Pandey of Arya Kanya Primary School from Ba bagged the Spirit of the Game Award for Women, and a Lucky Draw Prize for early Online Registration via Google Forms at the official Fiji Chess Federation Facebook page.

Deepak Prasad won an additional award for Best Upset as he defeated 5 FIDE Rated players including Abhiru Herath (1664), Yash Yuvaan Prasad (1540), Peter Ricardo (1597), Paul Corpuz (1481) and Kinura Herath (1546) in his unrated status. This is a rare feat for Best Upset where multiple opponents were outplayed.

Details of the next tournament at the end of July 2024 will be published in the media in upcoming days.

(Photos: Chess players at The University of Fiji in Lautoka)
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CLIFFHANGER WIN FOR CM TAIONE!

Candidate Masters (CM) Taione Sikivou and CM Rudr Prasad of The University of the South Pacific showcased masterclass combinations in their chess as the duo notched the first and second positions respectively, with an equally unbeaten score of 8.5/9 to top the 2024 Vodafone Fiji National Rapid Chess Championship at The University of Fiji in Lautoka. CM Taione Sikivou won the overall title by a 2-0 win in an extended finale play-off with CM Rudr Prasad under 5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move blitz games.

Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific wrapped up strongly in third position with 7/9, while the fourth and fifth prizes were secured by FIDE Arena CM Prashil Prakash and Deepak Prasad at 6/9 each.

The National Womens Rapid Championship title was won by Useli Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School with 6/7 against Pritha Ram of Korovuto College who came second with 5/7. Milina Senikuva of Natabua High School finished third with 4/7, while the fourth and fifth positions were taken by Tanmayee Naiker of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School and Catherine Talemaitoga of Natabua Primary School.

We are thankful to The University of Fiji and Vodafone Fiji for partnering with our team to host a 2-day National Championship in Rapid Format, states General Secretary Goru Arvind. Excitement for our sport is growing as we tread closer to the 2024 Vodafone Fiji National School Teams Chess Championship in August. 

The Under-20 Division was won by Peter Ricardo of Swami Vivekananda High School who tallied 5.5/9, ahead of the next three winners such as Paul Anthony Corpuz of Lautoka Zhong Hua Primary School, Ilaisa Senikuba of Drasa Avenue Primary School, and Shrey Pandey of Xavier College who all had an equal 5/9. Luis Corpuz of Gurukul Primary School came fifth with 4.5/9.

The Under-14 Division was won by Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School by virtue of better tie-break against second-placed Abhiru Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School with a score of 5/9 each. Yash Yuvaan Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School finished third with 4/9, while Blake-Lee Jamnadas of Kids First Primary School and Arsene Zephyr De Luzuriaga of Gandhi Bhawan Primary School came fourth and fifth with a locked score of 3/9.

In upcoming weeks, we will announce our final 13-member squad for the 45th World Chess Olympiad at Budapest in Hungary for September 2024, adds Goru Arvind. After a long and thought-provoking selection process, Team Fiji has locked a team that depicts youth, aggression, experience and patience for the worlds 5th largest sporting event. Our training schedule will be intensifying further as we speak.

In special awards, Post-Graduate student from Fiji National University (FNU), Monishkar Naidu and Lavesh Sharma of The University of Fiji grabbed the Best Newcomer Male Award for amassing a solid 5/9 each in their first-ever chess tournament under Fiji Chess Federation.

Shyla Pandey of Arya Kanya Primary School from Ba bagged the Spirit of the Game Award for Women, and a Lucky Draw Prize for early Online Registration via Google Forms at the official Fiji Chess Federation Facebook page. 

Deepak Prasad won an additional award for Best Upset as he defeated 5 FIDE Rated players including Abhiru Herath (1664), Yash Yuvaan Prasad (1540), Peter Ricardo (1597), Paul Corpuz (1481) and Kinura Herath (1546) in his unrated status. This is a rare feat for Best Upset where multiple opponents were outplayed.

Details of the next tournament at the end of July 2024 will be published in the media in upcoming days.

(Photos: Chess players at The University of Fiji in Lautoka)Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

VODAFONE FIJI NATIONAL RAPID CHESS IN THE WEST

The 2024 Vodafone Fiji National Rapid Chess Championship will be tightly contested between FIDE Arena Candidate Master (ACM) Prashil Prakash of Nadi and The University of the South Pacific students, Candidate Master (CM) Rudr Prasad and Yash Krishen Maharaj who are expected to travel from Suva.

The two-day event will be hosted at the The University of Fiji campus at Saweni, Lautoka from 08:30 AM on Saturday 29 June 2024.

"There will be 9 rounds of play under 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move for the National Rapid title in the West," states General Secretary Goru Arvind. "Defending champion Yash Krishen Maharaj has shown consistency across the past 2 years, and he is one of the top contenders among the youngsters."

In the Women's Division, National reps Women's Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu, WCM Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College and Cydel Terubea will be facing challenges from Latileta Masau of Dudley Intermediate School and Makayla Sukhu of Suva Grammar High School.

The Under-20 and Under-14 Divisions will be contested by Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School and Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School. Ashwin Singh, CM Manoj Kumar, CM Ronald Terubea, Donald Ecube and Jun Adricula are expected to further boost the unpredictability of competition.

"Our team also managed to participate in the 2024 FASANOC Olympic Fun Day to showcase chess," adds Goru Arvind. "CM Taione Sikivou and ACM Prashil Prakash lead our team of volunteers to introduce the sport to new members of the public, and hopefully, further spread the joy of chess in Fiji."

Vodafone Fiji is sponsoring lucrative prizes in Open, Women, Under-20 and Under-14 Divisions for the two-day event in Lautoka.

All interested participants are encouraged to register online via the official Fiji Chess Federation Facebook page which has links to the online forms (bit.ly/FCFPlayJune2024) and payment methods.

Participants must report to the tournament venue by 09:00 AM on Saturday 29 June, 2024.

(Photos: Chess players from across Fiji)
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VODAFONE FIJI NATIONAL RAPID CHESS IN THE WEST

The 2024 Vodafone Fiji National Rapid Chess Championship will be tightly contested between FIDE Arena Candidate Master (ACM) Prashil Prakash of Nadi and The University of the South Pacific students, Candidate Master (CM) Rudr Prasad and Yash Krishen Maharaj who are expected to travel from Suva. 

The two-day event will be hosted at the The University of Fiji campus at Saweni, Lautoka from 08:30 AM on Saturday 29 June 2024.

There will be 9 rounds of play under 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move for the National Rapid title in the West, states General Secretary Goru Arvind. Defending champion Yash Krishen Maharaj has shown consistency across the past 2 years, and he is one of the top contenders among the youngsters.

In the Womens Division, National reps Womens Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu, WCM Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College and Cydel Terubea will be facing challenges from Latileta Masau of Dudley Intermediate School and Makayla Sukhu of Suva Grammar High School.

The Under-20 and Under-14 Divisions will be contested by Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School and Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School. Ashwin Singh, CM Manoj Kumar, CM Ronald Terubea, Donald Ecube and Jun Adricula are expected to further boost the unpredictability of competition.

Our team also managed to participate in the 2024 FASANOC Olympic Fun Day to showcase chess, adds Goru Arvind. CM Taione Sikivou and ACM Prashil Prakash lead our team of volunteers to introduce the sport to new members of the public, and hopefully, further spread the joy of chess in Fiji.

Vodafone Fiji is sponsoring lucrative prizes in Open, Women, Under-20 and Under-14 Divisions for the two-day event in Lautoka. 

All interested participants are encouraged to register online via the official Fiji Chess Federation Facebook page which has links to the online forms (https://bit.ly/FCFPlayJune2024) and payment methods. 

Participants must report to the tournament venue by 09:00 AM on Saturday 29 June, 2024.

(Photos: Chess players from across Fiji)Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

#public NOTICE - EGM

Further to discussions at the last AGM in April 2024. The membership resolved to have an EGM to adopt the amended constitution and to adopt a code of conduct for members.

Date: Sat 20th July
Time: 10am to 11am
Venue: USP Lecture Room 019-104

The amended constitution as consulted and agreed upon will be sent to members by this weekend for their review in readiness of adoption at the EGM on 20th July.
The member code of conduct will also be circulated.

If you are 2024 FCF financial member and do not receive the relevant documents via email. Please do drop us a message.

Vinaka
FCF
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#PUBLIC NOTICE - EGM

Further to discussions at the last AGM in April 2024. The membership resolved to have an EGM to adopt the amended constitution and to adopt a code of conduct for members. 

Date: Sat 20th July
Time: 10am to 11am
Venue: USP Lecture Room 019-104

The amended constitution as consulted and agreed upon will be sent to members by this weekend for their review in readiness of adoption at the EGM on 20th July.
The member code of conduct will also be circulated. 

If you are 2024 FCF financial member and do not receive the relevant documents via email. Please do drop us a message. 

Vinaka
FCF

YASH MAHARAJ IS THE KING OF CHESS!

Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific reigned supreme, and remained unbeaten in the 2024 Vodafone Fiji May Weekender tournament with a solid 8.5/9, drawing only with Candidate Master (CM) Rudr Prasad, who amassed 7.5/9 in second place. FIDE Arena CM Prashil Prakash came third with 7/9, while CM Goru Arvind and Ashwin Singh finished in fourth and fifth respectively with 6/9 each.

Women's Candidate Master (WCM) Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College won the Female Division with 6.5/9, edging WCM Gloria Sukhu, who came second with 6/9. WCM Cydel Terubea was third with 5.5/9, Eshal Bari secured fourth place with 5/9, while Makayla Sukhu of Suva Grammar High School ended in fifth with 4.5/9.

"It was 3 days of intense chess under 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move," states General Secretary Goru Arvind. "Several Primary and Secondary School students showcased excellent analytical skills, and we had at least 6 newcomers in a pool of 47 participants."

In the Under-20 Division, upcoming talent S M D N Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School and Rajatha Weerasekara of Jai Narayan College piled up impressive scores of 6/9 to come first and second. Aarush Ahalawat of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School, Kinura Herath of Jai Narayan College and Brent Newton of Marist Brother's High School came third, fourth and fifth respectively, with an equal score of 5.5/9.

The Under-14 Division was dominated by Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School at 5.5/9. Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School, Abhiru Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School, and Yash Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School secured the second, third and fourth positions with 5/9 each. Nidish Hettiwatta of Nehru Memorial Primary School came fifth with 4.5/9.

"Primary School students winning both the Under-20 and Under-14 Divisions speaks a lot about how chess touches Fiji's youngest minds," adds Goru Arvind. "It meets our goal of strengthening the next generation of athletes from a young age so that Fiji reaches greater heights in many years to come."

Best Upset Awards were given to Daniel Min of Yat Sen Secondary School for defeating Calvin Ong (1630), and Yanick Khatri of Yat Sen Primary School for outplaying Lionel Vaurasi (1405) as unrated players.

Fiji Chess Federation also awarded Best Newcomer Male Awards to Issa Marau of Yat Sen Secondary School, Shrey Pandey of Xavier College from Ba, Keshav Singh of DAV High School, and Blake-Lee Jamnadas of Kids First Primary School for playing well in their first local chess tournament.

Best Newcomer Female Awards were won by Rajvi Khatri of Jai Narayan College, and Shyla Pandey of Arya Kanya Pathshala Primary School from Ba.

The Lucky Draw Online prize was taken by Blake-Lee Jamnadas of Kids First Primary School.

Details of the next Rapid Chess tournament by Vodafone Fiji is tentatively scheduled toward the latter half of June 2024, with further information to be confirmed in upcoming days.

(Photos: Chess players in focus at H104A at USP Campus)
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YASH MAHARAJ IS THE KING OF CHESS!

Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific reigned supreme, and remained unbeaten in the 2024 Vodafone Fiji May Weekender tournament with a solid 8.5/9, drawing only with Candidate Master (CM) Rudr Prasad, who amassed 7.5/9 in second place. FIDE Arena CM Prashil Prakash came third with 7/9, while CM Goru Arvind and Ashwin Singh finished in fourth and fifth respectively with 6/9 each.

Womens Candidate Master (WCM) Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College won the Female Division with 6.5/9, edging WCM Gloria Sukhu, who came second with 6/9. WCM Cydel Terubea was third with 5.5/9, Eshal Bari secured fourth place with 5/9, while Makayla Sukhu of Suva Grammar High School ended in fifth with 4.5/9.

It was 3 days of intense chess under 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move, states General Secretary Goru Arvind. Several Primary and Secondary School students showcased excellent analytical skills, and we had at least 6 newcomers in a pool of 47 participants. 

In the Under-20 Division, upcoming talent S M D N Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School and Rajatha Weerasekara of Jai Narayan College piled up impressive scores of 6/9 to come first and second. Aarush Ahalawat of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School, Kinura Herath of Jai Narayan College and Brent Newton of Marist Brothers High School came third, fourth and fifth respectively, with an equal score of 5.5/9.

The Under-14 Division was dominated by Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School at 5.5/9. Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School, Abhiru Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School, and Yash Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School secured the second, third and fourth positions with 5/9 each. Nidish Hettiwatta of Nehru Memorial Primary School came fifth with 4.5/9.

Primary School students winning both the Under-20 and Under-14 Divisions speaks a lot about how chess touches Fijis youngest minds, adds Goru Arvind. It meets our goal of strengthening the next generation of athletes from a young age so that Fiji reaches greater heights in many years to come. 

Best Upset Awards were given to Daniel Min of Yat Sen Secondary School for defeating Calvin Ong (1630), and Yanick Khatri of Yat Sen Primary School for outplaying Lionel Vaurasi (1405) as unrated players.

Fiji Chess Federation also awarded Best Newcomer Male Awards to Issa Marau of Yat Sen Secondary School, Shrey Pandey of Xavier College from Ba, Keshav Singh of DAV High School, and Blake-Lee Jamnadas of Kids First Primary School for playing well in their first local chess tournament. 

Best Newcomer Female Awards were won by Rajvi Khatri of Jai Narayan College, and Shyla Pandey of Arya Kanya Pathshala Primary School from Ba. 

The Lucky Draw Online prize was taken by Blake-Lee Jamnadas of Kids First Primary School.

Details of the next Rapid Chess tournament by Vodafone Fiji is tentatively scheduled toward the latter half of June 2024, with further information to be confirmed in upcoming days.

(Photos: Chess players in focus at H104A at USP Campus)Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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My heartiest congratulations to Fiji Chess Federation for conducting a successful competition. It's a huge achievement. The report is brilliantly and crisply presented . To the sponsors Vodafone Fiji, your support made this opportunity possible. Best wishes in all your endeavors. God bless Fiji Chess Federation 🙏

Congratulations Yash Maharaj

Congratulations jijja ji Prashil Prakash

2 months ago
Fiji Chess Federation

3-DAY CLASSICAL CHESS AT USP CAMPUS

The 2024 Vodafone Fiji May Weekender Chess Tournament is all set to proceed at H104A (019-023A) in The University of the South Pacific, Suva from 08:30 AM on Friday 31 May, 2024.

The 1800 and Under Standard FIDE Rating event is expected to be tightly contested between Candidate Master (CM) Rudr Ravi Prasad and Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific who have shown consistent and improving form across the years.

"The primary goal of the 3-day event is to allow more Under-1800 players to compete for FIDE Standard Ratings that will be internationally recognized," adds General Secretary Goru Arvind. "Since this eliminates some of Fiji's over 1800 players like CM Manoj Kumar, CM Ronald Terubea and CM Taione Sikivou, it is a good opportunity for younger talent to step up and showcase their chess."

Younger chess players like Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School, Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School, Yash Yuvaan Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School, Nidish Hettiwatta of Nehru Memorial Primary School, Moses Mario of Marist Brother's High School, Rajartha Weerasekara of Jai Narayan College, Praveer Singh of Marist Brothers High School, and Apimeleki Tawake of Christian Outreach College are expected to compete for top positions in the tournament.

Female players like Women's Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu, WCM Tanvi Radha Prasad of Jai Narayan College and WCM Cydel Terubea will reinforce the Women's Division in terms of intensity of play.

"With the 45th World Chess Olympiad only 3 months away, we have also sent-in the Open and Women's Captains for a FIDE Trainer Commission course for international certification," adds Goru Arvind. "Once we know the results next month, more will be announced for Team Fiji and the pathway ahead to Budapest."

The tournament will also cater for special the Best Upset, Best Newcomer (Male) and Best Newcomer (Female) to encourage any new members of the public who will play their maiden Fiji Chess Federation event from 31 May to 2 June, with 9 rounds of play under 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move time control.

All interested players must report to the venue by 08:30 AM on Friday 31 May, 2024.

(Vodafone Fiji and Fiji Chess Federation unite for another event)
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3-DAY CLASSICAL CHESS AT USP CAMPUS 

The 2024 Vodafone Fiji May Weekender Chess Tournament is all set to proceed at H104A (019-023A) in The University of the South Pacific, Suva from 08:30 AM on Friday 31 May, 2024.

The 1800 and Under Standard FIDE Rating event is expected to be tightly contested between Candidate Master (CM) Rudr Ravi Prasad and Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific who have shown consistent and improving form across the years.

The primary goal of the 3-day event is to allow more Under-1800 players to compete for FIDE Standard Ratings that will be internationally recognized, adds General Secretary Goru Arvind. Since this eliminates some of Fijis over 1800 players like CM Manoj Kumar, CM Ronald Terubea and CM Taione Sikivou, it is a good opportunity for younger talent to step up and showcase their chess.

Younger chess players like Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School, Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School, Yash Yuvaan Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School, Nidish Hettiwatta of Nehru Memorial Primary School, Moses Mario of Marist Brothers High School, Rajartha Weerasekara of Jai Narayan College, Praveer Singh of Marist Brothers High School, and Apimeleki Tawake of Christian Outreach College are expected to compete for top positions in the tournament. 

Female players like Womens Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu, WCM Tanvi Radha Prasad of Jai Narayan College and WCM Cydel Terubea will reinforce the Womens Division in terms of intensity of play. 

With the 45th World Chess Olympiad only 3 months away, we have also sent-in the Open and Womens Captains for a FIDE Trainer Commission course for international certification, adds Goru Arvind. Once we know the results next month, more will be announced for Team Fiji and the pathway ahead to Budapest.

The tournament will also cater for special the Best Upset, Best Newcomer (Male) and Best Newcomer (Female) to encourage any new members of the public who will play their maiden Fiji Chess Federation event from 31 May to 2 June, with 9 rounds of play under 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move time control.

All interested players must report to the venue by 08:30 AM on Friday 31 May, 2024.

(Vodafone Fiji and Fiji Chess Federation unite for another event)
2 months ago
Fiji Chess Federation

MASTERMIND KUMAR SNATCHES VICTORY!

In-form Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar snatched another Vodafone Fiji Rapid Chess title with a unbeaten performance of 6/7, despite strong challenges by CM Rudr Prasad and CM Goru Arvind of The University of the South Pacific who held him off to draws. CM Rudr Prasad came second overall with the same score, but a lower tie-break.

Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School, who is one of CM Manoj Kumar's top students in chess, bulldozed himself into third place with 5.5/7. Yash Krishen Maharaj and CM Ronald Terubea came fourth and fifth with an equal score of 5/7.

Women's Candidate Master (WCM) Cydel Terubea repeated her steamrolling of all opposition with an unbeaten 7/7 in the Women's Division. WCM Gloria Sukhu secured second place with 5.5/7, while Latileta Masau of Dudley Intermediate College and WCM Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College came third and fourth with 5/7. Useli Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School finished fifth with a solid 4/7.

"It was a very versatile tournament with players from Fiji, Philippines, Mexico, India and Sri Lanka to show how widely accepted our sport is," states General Secretary Goru Arvind. "CM Manoj Kumar back into winning form is good news as he will spearhead Fiji's attack in the upcoming 45th World Chess Olympiad in September 2024."

The Under-20 Division was won by Peter Ricardo of Swami Vivekananda High School after he traveled from the West to Suva to score 5/7. Moses Mario of Marist Brother's High School, Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School, Rajartha Weerasekara of Jai Narayan College, Praveer Singh of Marist Brothers High School, and Apimeleki Tawake of Christian Outreach College won the second to fifth prizes in unison, as they all had 4/7.

In the Under-14 Division, S M D N Herath and Abhiru Herath took the top two positions with an equal score of 4.5/7, while Yash Yuvaan Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School, Nidish Hettiwatta of Nehru Memorial Primary School and Yanick Khatri of Yat Sen Primary School came third, fourth and fifth with a respectable 3/7.

"We do have plans for the final weekend of May to host a major 3-day tournament with Vodafone Fiji," adds Goru Arvind. "Under World Chess Federation (FIDE) requirements, there will be 9 rounds of play under 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for players who are rated 1800 and below, or unrated to allow more new players to achieve an international rating."

Daniel Min of Yat Sen Secondary School took the Best Newcomer (Male) Award with 4/7, and Tanmayee Naiker of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Secondary School bagged the Best Newcomer (Female) Award with 4/7.

Gurveer Singh of Indra Gandhi Memorial Primary School won the Lucky Draw Prize for early online registration via Google Forms on the official Fiji Chess Federation page.

In other special awards, S M D N Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School secured the Best Upset Award for registering a win over Open Player Donald Ecube, and a stunning draw against CM Rudr Prasad.

Further details of the upcoming 3-day tournament from 31 May 2024 will be announced in due course.

(Photos: Chess players in thought at the USP Laucala Campus)
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MASTERMIND KUMAR SNATCHES VICTORY!

In-form Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar snatched another Vodafone Fiji Rapid Chess title with a unbeaten performance of 6/7, despite strong challenges by CM Rudr Prasad and CM Goru Arvind of The University of the South Pacific who held him off to draws. CM Rudr Prasad came second overall with the same score, but a lower tie-break.

Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School, who is one of CM Manoj Kumars top students in chess, bulldozed himself into third place with 5.5/7. Yash Krishen Maharaj and CM Ronald Terubea came fourth and fifth with an equal score of 5/7. 

Womens Candidate Master (WCM) Cydel Terubea repeated her steamrolling of all opposition with an unbeaten 7/7 in the Womens Division. WCM Gloria Sukhu secured second place with 5.5/7, while Latileta Masau of Dudley Intermediate College and WCM Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College came third and fourth with 5/7. Useli Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School finished fifth with a solid 4/7.

It was a very versatile tournament with players from Fiji, Philippines, Mexico, India and Sri Lanka to show how widely accepted our sport is, states General Secretary Goru Arvind. CM Manoj Kumar back into winning form is good news as he will spearhead Fijis attack in the upcoming 45th World Chess Olympiad in September 2024.

The Under-20 Division was won by Peter Ricardo of Swami Vivekananda High School after he traveled from the West to Suva to score 5/7. Moses Mario of Marist Brothers High School, Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School, Rajartha Weerasekara of Jai Narayan College, Praveer Singh of Marist Brothers High School, and Apimeleki Tawake of Christian Outreach College won the second to fifth prizes in unison, as they all had 4/7.

In the Under-14 Division, S M D N Herath and Abhiru Herath took the top two positions with an equal score of 4.5/7, while Yash Yuvaan Prasad of Lautoka Central Primary School, Nidish Hettiwatta of Nehru Memorial Primary School and Yanick Khatri of Yat Sen Primary School came third, fourth and fifth with a respectable 3/7.

We do have plans for the final weekend of May to host a major 3-day tournament with Vodafone Fiji, adds Goru Arvind. Under World Chess Federation (FIDE) requirements, there will be 9 rounds of play under 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for players who are rated 1800 and below, or unrated to allow more new players to achieve an international rating. 

Daniel Min of Yat Sen Secondary School took the Best Newcomer (Male) Award with 4/7, and Tanmayee Naiker of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Secondary School bagged the Best Newcomer (Female) Award with 4/7. 

Gurveer Singh of Indra Gandhi Memorial Primary School won the Lucky Draw Prize for early online registration via Google Forms on the official Fiji Chess Federation page.

In other special awards, S M D N Herath of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School secured the Best Upset Award for registering a win over Open Player Donald Ecube, and a stunning draw against CM Rudr Prasad.

Further details of the upcoming 3-day tournament from 31 May 2024 will be announced in due course.

(Photos: Chess players in thought at the USP Laucala Campus)Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Hi, I have just introduced my 11 year old to chess and was wondering if there were coaching avenues in Suva to help him understand the game better?

2 months ago
Fiji Chess Federation

QUICK TOURNAMENT SUMMARY - 2024 VF APRIL RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT held on 4th May.
Total 51 participants. 36x in the Open Section & 15 in the Women Section.

Open
🥇[CHAMPION] Manoj Kumar 6.5/7 – Undefeated – 5 wins and 2 draws. Better tiebreak due to higher Bucholz
🥈CM Rudr Prasad 6.5/7 - Undefeated – 5 wins and 2 draws.
🥉Lionel Vaurasi 5.5/7 – Astonishing result from the Yat Sen Primary School Student

Women
🥇WCM Cydel Terubea 7/7 – Flawless performance by the reigning Women’s National Champion
🥈WCM Gloria Sukhu 5.5/7 – Respectable result from the veteran and multiple time Women’s National Champion
🥉Latileta Masau 5/7 - Great result from the Dudley Intermediate School student.

U20
🥇 Peter Ricardo 5/7 – Swami Vivekananda College
🥈 Moses Mario 4/7 – Marist Brothers High School
🥉Yajas Sharma 4/7 – MGM Primary School

U14
🥇 SMDN Herath 4.5/7 – MGM Primary School
🥈Abhiru Herath 4/7 – MGM Primary School
🥉Yash Prasad 3/7 – Lautoka Central Primary School

Special Prizes
🥇Best Beginner Male – Daniel Min (4/7) of Yat Sen Secondary School
🥇Best Beginner Female – Tanmayee Naiker (4/7) of MGM High School
🥇Best Upset – S M D N Herath (1447) for his win against Donald Ecube (1669) in Round 2

🥇Online Lucky Draw – Gurveer Singh (4/7) of Indra Gandhi Memorial Primary School

**Any prizes not awarded in person at the tournament, shall be done so at the next tournament or you can msg us to make alternative arrangements.

Next tournament is tentatively scheduled for May 31st – 2nd June at USP, Suva. (3 day tournament).
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Any queries, message us.
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Awesome and well done to all...good to see the young kids excelling...bright future ahead

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