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Bank Backs Chess Championship

Bank South Pacific (BSP) and Fiji Chess Federation have united to host the 2022 BSP Finance Rapid Chess Championship at The University of Fiji in Lautoka.
14 May 2022 11:36
Bank Backs Chess Championship
The 2022 BSP Finance Rapid Chess Championship is the country’s first face-to-face tournament.

Bank South Pacific (BSP) and Fiji Chess Federation have united to host the 2022 BSP Finance Rapid Chess Championship at The University of Fiji in Lautoka.

The championship will be on May 21. There will be seven rounds of play with 15 minutes plus five seconds per move.

“There is great excitement from all corners of Fiji since this is our first face-to-face chess tournament after the lock downs in 2021,” said FCF general secretary Goru Arvind.

“It will be a fine opportunity for us to look for new talent, especially among Primary and Secondary School students who have untapped ability for representing the nation in international events later.”

Top chess players and ex-Olympiad reps like Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar, CM Taione Sikivou, CM Ronald Terubea, Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu and Cydel Terubea are expected to compete at the event, alongside Under-18 chess prodigy duo of Rudr Prasad and Tanvi Prasad from Jai Narayan College.

“A prize pool of $ 1000 is available in categories for Open, Women, Primary School and Secondary School from Bank South Pacific (BSP),” said tournament arbiter William Robert Raymond Bennion.

“Hype is such that we have already received interest from dozens of school students from the West of Fiji.”

Youngsters like Ayush Chand, Makayla Sukhu, Austin Koroi and Phillip Sukhu will also be travelling from Suva to participate in the event and go head-to-head with chess players from other parts of Fiji.

FCF has received a Compliance Certificate for Safe Sports from the Ministry of Youth and Sports earlier in 2022 to ensure that all COVID-19 safety measures are followed in the event.

All interested players must report to the University of Fiji’s Saweni campus in Lautoka by 8.30am on the day of the tournament.

The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for those U18.

 



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