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Youth The focus For 2015

The Fiji Chess Federation will be focusing more on the development and progress of young chess players in 2015. This was the word from the federation’s acting president, Calvin Prasad,
21 Dec 2014 12:50
Youth The focus For 2015

The Fiji Chess Federation will be focusing more on the development and progress of young chess players in 2015.

This was the word from the federation’s acting president, Calvin Prasad, during the awards ceremony for the 2014 Sportsworld Fiji Chess National Championships last Friday.

In his address, Prasad stated that this was important for the federation as they looked to increase the number of internationally-ranked players.

“In 2015, our focus will be on the juniors. As you know, we already have the Chess In School programme after school and we’ll be looking to expand even more on that as we’re looking not only to progress the current crop of talents but also expose new chess players,” Prasad said. “We’ll also be focusing on getting our juniors development team competing a lot more, locally, regionally and internationally. We’ll be providing them with coaches, resources and stronger competition sending them to meets around the region and the world.

“This is all about development on a more consistent scale to also increase the number of FIDE-rated players and increasing the rating of our already FIDE rated players. FIDE ratings increases and adds to the credibility of players and we’re looking to lift Fiji on this front.

“It’s also a chance to expose our juniors to the international level, where they can compete with children of their own age and learn more about competing on the world stage. To see children behaving with the utmost professionalism at such a young age is a good lesson for all.

“We thank FASANOC as one of our most important partners and Sportsworld for sponsoring our competition this year and we’ll be looking for new partners to help with our competitions. We’ve had a good year and we look forward to better things in 2014.”

The 2014 Sportsworld Fiji Chess National Championships which ended last Thursday marked the end of the competitive year for the federation.

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