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Our Hilda is a Master

May 13
10:42 2013
From left: Sainimili Kamikamica (mother) Hilda Vukikomoala and her aunt Nyla Alfred at the Defence Club in Suva yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

From left: Sainimili Kamikamica (mother) Hilda Vukikomoala and her aunt Nyla Alfred at the Defence Club in Suva yesterday. Photo: JONA KONATACI

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO

Hilda Vukikomoala has become the first Fijian woman to win the FIDE Master’s chess title at only 18-years-old.
The Tubou, Lakeba, Lau lass defied all odds and made her way up to win the title at the Oceania Zonal Chess Championships which ended at the Sonaisali Island Resort on Friday.
An elated Hilda said the win came as a surprise and she couldn’t believe beating top competitors from New Zealand and Australia in the Oceania competition.
“I was really aiming for the Women’s Candidate title which is below this FIDE Master’s title,” the St Joseph’s Secondary School headgirl said.
“It all came as a surprise when I had actually won this title and I guess hard work has paid off.
“I learnt chess when I was only six years old but started competing at 11 years.”
Vukikomoala said her aim is to improve on her next games and take part in next year’s Olympiad Championship in Norway.
“I would like to thank my parents for the support and to all my family and friends for the everlasting support and their words of encouragement which has helped me achieved this title.
“I would also like to thank Fiji Chess Federation president Dr Virgilio De Asa for always encouraging me to participate in such events.
Proud mum Senimili Kamikamica said her daughter’s victory is not only an achievement to celebrate but should serve as a message to young participants especially young girls in trying out chess.
“My kids all play chess and I encourage all other young students in the country to take up the sport because it is mentally stimulating,” Kamikamica said.
“It’s not about competition but psyching up kids’ mentality and something they could do on their spare time.
“Hilda has a younger brother Semisi who is only 10 years old and is the current primary schools champion.
“I as a mother have witnessed how chess helps exercise kids mentalities so I encourage young children to take up the sport,” she added.

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