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Nationals To Help Grow Sport

The annual Sports World Chess National Championship kick started on Monday to help grow the profile and skills of the sport and its players. Fiji Chess Federation President Gloria Sukhu
18 Dec 2014 12:42
Nationals To Help Grow Sport

The annual Sports World Chess National Championship kick started on Monday to help grow the profile and skills of the sport and its players.

Fiji Chess Federation President Gloria Sukhu said the event is their way to help develop the players through holding regular competitions.

“At one point three or four years ago, we would have only ten people playing chess,” Sukhu said.

“Now we have a lot of players, close to 40 players at every tournament because we get kids and parents involved in the sport.

“Not only do these types of tournaments help increase the profile of the sport but we need to build up our young players.

“These players have to play against a rated player sometime during the tournament knowingly the first and second rounds they play against rated players and that gives them an idea of how hard it is to win, so this tournament prepares them.”

The participant’s age from 9 to 60 years and Sukhu said competition has been tough.

“We are playing to the World Chess Body regulations, so should a player that is not rated internationally beat a rated player, that’s a great thing to happen and the young players a vying to beat the rated players so its stiff competition,” said Sukhu.

This will be a build up for the Tappoo Blitz Chess Tournament in January next year followed by clinics.

The Sports World Chess National Championships end on Friday at FASANOC.

After round five tournament leaders Calvin Prasad and Gloria Sukhu maintained their lead in the Open and Women’s divisions respectively.

Prasad beat Taione Sikivou while Sukhu beat Kabrina Terubea.

In Round 5, Prasad drew with PNG National Representative Stuart Fancy, while Sukhu beat Claudia Koroi to extend her score to 5/5.

With 4 rounds of play continuing, the tournament is still too close to call, with Stuart Fancy, Manoj Kumar, Taione Sikivou and Kabrina Terubea still within striking distance of the leaders.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 


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