The Vodafone Fiji Rapid Chess Championship hosted at The University of Fiji in Lautoka attracted a significant ratio of Primary and Secondary School students from the Western Division. Provisional FIDE Master (FM) Rudr Ravi Prasad, an Year 1 student from The University of the South Pacific steamrolled across his opposition with a perfect score of 7/7 to win the event. Dr. Navisheel Prasad and ex-Olympiad rep Prashil Prakash finished second and third respectively in the Open Division with a solid 5/7 each.
The Women’s Division was won by Luisa Corpuz who tallied 3 wins, while Caterine Taleimaitoga of Natadola Primary School finished in second place.
“Rudr Prasad is maintaining a very consistent form of chess after representing Fiji in the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai last year,” adds General Secretary Goru Arvind. “The Selection Panel had picked him for the National Chess Team at the young age of 17 to boost his confidence and talent for the future, and his results are encouraging for us to expose even more younger players to international competition in the future. Once our local players become confident after winning against players outside Fiji, there is a chain reaction of working much harder to improve, and this is exactly what chess needs from our youngsters.”
The Secondary School’s Division was completely dominated by students from Swami Vivekananda College of Nadi. Yifan Xing secured the first position with 5/7, while fellow schoolmates Krish Sinha and Peter Ricardo of Swami Vivekananda College won the second and third prize with an equal score of 3.5/7.
The Primary School’s Division was convincingly won by the upcoming and talented Lionel Vaurasi of Yat Sen Primary School from Suva. Siblings Luis Corpuz of Gurukul Primary School of Lautoka and Paul Corpuz of Lautoka Zhong Hua Primary School finished second and third respectively with 3/7.
“We are thankful to Vodafone Fiji for bringing chess into the Western Division just before the upcoming Under-20 National Chess Championship on December 9-11 in Suva,” adds Goru Arvind. “We are expecting experienced and new players to travel from various parts of Fiji for the Nationals that will feature some of the most versatile chess-masters we have.”
In other results, Donald Ecube bagged the Best Beginner Award with a strong score of 5/7 in his maiden Fiji Chess Federation tournament. A special award for Spirit of the Game was given to 8-year-old Jack Li who displayed good sportsmanship and fought hard against all his stronger opponents. He was also the youngest player in the event.
Unrated chess player Luis Corpuz of Gurukul Primary School took the Best Upset Award with a stunning victory over the experienced Yash Krishen Maharaj of The University of the South Pacific.
Catherine Taleimatoga won the Lucky Draw Prize for early Online Registrations for the tournament from the official Fiji Chess Federation Page in Google Forms.
Further details of the Under-20 National Chess Championship will be announced very soon.
# UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS i) 2023 Fiji National Youth and U20 Chess Championship - 9th to 11th Dec in Suva. Classical Time Control: 30min + 30sec per move. # Participants must be U20 (born on 1st Jan 2003 or later). ii) 2023 Fiji National Chess Championship - 16th to 20th Dec in Suva. Classical Time Control: 90min + 30sec per move.
*Tournament flyer with more details (once confirmed) will be released next week. ... See MoreSee Less
QUICK TOURNAMENT REPORT - 2023 VODAFONE FIJI NOVEMBER CHESS TOURNAMENT at Saweni Campus, The University of Fiji Lautoka Chess-Results: chess-results.com/tnr854350.aspx?lan=1&art=1&turdet=YES 20x participants, 7 rounds over 1 day. FIDE Rapid Time Control - 15m + 5s. OPEN 🥇[CHAMPION] Rudr Prasad (7/7) USP 🥈Dr Navisheel Prasad (5/7) 🥉Prashil Prakash (5/7) WOMEN 🥇 Luisa Corpuz (3/7) 🥈 Catherine Talemaitoga (1/7) Natadola Primary School
SECONDARY SCHOOLS 🥇 Yifan Xing (5/7) Swami Vivekananda College 🥈 Krish, Sinha (3.5/7) Swami Vivekananda College 🥉 Peter Ricardo (3.5/7) Swami Vivekananda College
PRIMARY SCHOOLS 🥇 Lionel Vaurasi (4/7) Yat Sen Primary School (Class 5) 🥈 Luis Corpuz (3/7) Gurukul Primary School (Class 7) 🥉 Paul Corpuz (3/7)Lautoka Zhong Hua (Class 6) SPECIAL PRIZES 🥇 Best Upset - Luis Corpuz (unrated) for his round 5 victory against 2nd seed Yash Maharaj (1615). 🥇 Best Beginner - Donald Ecube (5/7) 🥇 Lucky Draw for Online Registrations - Catherine Talemaitoga - Natadola Primary School 🥇 Spirit of the Game - Jack Li, 8 years old. Youngest participant of the tournament and faced each round against stronger opponents with good attitude and sportsmanship. Next tournament is tentatively scheduled for 9th-11th December, Suva. Watch our facebook page for more details. Vinaka FCF PC. E.Kishoor - Uni Fiji Staff ... See MoreSee Less