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Chess marks 2013 as a successful year

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, December 27, 2013

THE Fiji Chess Federation has labelled 2013 a successful year.

Federation president Doctor Virgilio de Asa said they achieved their goals this year and had set a good platform for the upcoming season.

Apart from holding regular competitions, the federation also managed to increase its player base through the weekly clinics.

"We had a very successful year because apart from the regular monthly competitions, we also managed to host two important events," Dr de Asa said.

"One of the competitions we hosted was the Oceania Zonal Chess Championship at Sonaisali Island Resort.

"It was quite a successful tournament and proved a good experience for the local players."

Dr de Asa said they also had five players getting international titles this year.

Youngster Hilda Vukikomoala was bestowed with the Women's FIDE Master (WFM) title, veteran Gloria Sukhu with Women's Candidate Master (WCM) and Ronald Terubea, Guru Govind and Noel Adricula received the Candidate Master title.

"This was the first time that five local players obtained the international titles. This is a history for us and good indication for the growth of sport in Fiji.

"We were also able to organise chess sessions regularly since February which widened the base of the young participants especially female players."

Dr de Asa said they hoped for a better season next year.

Meanwhile, Menash Fareed and Kabrina Terubea are in Dubai participating in the Youth Chess Championship.