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Vukikomoala reigns

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

FORM Seven student Hilda Vukikomoala reclaimed the national women's chess champion title when she topped the 2012 National Women's Chess Championship on Sunday.

The national rep to this year's Olympiad in Turkey, first won the women's championship in 2010.

This year, the only match the St Joseph's Secondary School student lost was in the fifth round to veteran Gloria Sukhu but won her remaining matches and top scored with six points in the seven round robin tourney.

The JR White-sponsored event is Fiji Chess Federation's final selection criteria for the 2013 Oceania Zonal Chess Championships and Vukikomoala earned one of the two official FCF seedings to Oceania's qualifying cycle to the individual world championship later in 2013.

FCF president Dr Virgilio de Asa said Sukhu missed her chance when she lost her games to youngsters Julianne and Jacqueline Masilomani and finished in second with five points.

"Another national rep Kabrina Terubea, a Class Eight pupil of Vuci Methodist School, came in third with four points following a tie-break with the Masilomani siblings, who also notched four points each," he said. Amy Bale and Claudia Koroi ended with identical three points.

Meanwhile in the men's category, a champion will be crowned after defending champion Candidate Master Calvin Prasad lost to Dr Sanmogam Goundar yesterday.

The final round of competition will be played this morning at the Fiji School of Medicine's Pasifika Campus and Goundar is in the lead with 5.5 points followed by former champions Manoj Kumar on 4.5 points.


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