CANDIDATE Master (CM) Calvin Prasad had a good outing at the 10th Malaysian Chess Festival last week.
Prasad, who entered in the tournament with a ranking of 79 out of 120 that participated, finished on a respectable score after nine rounds of play.
The former national champion had three wins and two draws in the tournament.
"The overall experience in Malaysia was very good," Prasad said in a statement.
"The Chess Festival had some of the best players from the Asian region, and playing against such rivals is necessary if Fiji is to make a mark in International Chess."
Fiji Chess Federation which nominated Prasad for this tournament because of his consistent performance was pleased with his results.
"Local chess players see Calvin as a huge inspiration," Federation president Doctor Virgilio De Asa said.
"His consistency has made other players like Jun Clomera, Noel Adricula, Ronald Terubea, Goru Arvind, Menash Fareed, Gloria Sukhu, Kabrina Terubea, Jacquelyn Masilomani, Hilda Vukikomoala and Keez Terubea step up their game and perform one level up in the past one to two years.
"This is excellent for us since we now have a more profound player base to select our 2014 Olympiad team for Norway."
Meanwhile the federation will resume chess coaching sessions at the Fiji Club from 3pm to 5pm from September 8.
Primary, secondary school and tertiary students are encouraged to attend since practice sessions will be supervised by former national representatives.