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Arohan, 5, Joins Chess Competition

The father of young chess player, Arohan Gogoi is hoping that one day his son will represent Fiji in future competitions. Dr Abhijit Gogoi said his son started playing chess
01 Dec 2020 11:28
Arohan, 5, Joins Chess Competition
Arohan Gogoi makes his move during the chess competition at the University of Fiji’s Saweni campus in Lautoka on November 30, 2020. Photo: Nicolette Chambers.

The father of young chess player, Arohan Gogoi is hoping that one day his son will represent Fiji in future competitions.

Dr Abhijit Gogoi said his son started playing chess last year through a chess game app on his mobile phone.

On Sunday, Arohan, 5, was among 34 participants that took part in the University of Fiji and Fiji Chess Federation’s tournament at the Saweni campus in Lautoka.

“He managed to download the chess game app on my phone and that is when his interest began,” said Dr Gogoi.

“This is his first ever competition and my wife and I have been monitoring him whenever he plays and we try to pitch in to help him.”

The tournament also featured UOF’s council member Dr Raj Sant and the Federation’s Candidate Master (CM), Noel Adricula where they made their opening gambits on the lawn chess set at the campus.

Federation executive member and rating officer, Avinesh Nadan said he was grateful that UOF partnered with them to host the first chess tournament in the West and for providing a place for future tournaments.

“The university showed keen interest in chess, a deviation from academia to sports trying to develop well-rounded students,” he said.

UOF’s acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shaista Shameem said that they offered to host the tournament because chess was an intellectual game and a game of strategy.

“COVID-19 has brought us a whole lot of challenges and our graduates need to be equipped with social skills as well as formal qualifications,” she said.

 

WINNERS
Open Category: CM Manoj Kumar
Women’s Category: Tanvi Prasad
Secondary Category: Mukesh Paranthaman
Primary Category: Arnav Lal
Best Beginner: Arohan Gogoi

 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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