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Chess goes into blitz mode

Arin Kumar
Monday, January 13, 2014

THE Fiji Chess Federation has once again partnered with Tappoo City to host the National Tappoo City Blitz Open Chess Championship.

The third edition of the tournament will be held next Saturday and will be followed by the annual general meeting.

FCF president Dr Virgilio de Asa said the agreement marked the third consecutive year for the partnership.

"It is an excellent way to begin 2014 after a prolific finish to our chess calendar last month," he said.

"2013 was clearly an interesting year where CM Calvin Prasad stamped his mark in the 10th Malaysian Chess Festival by scoring 4/9 while youngsters Menash Fareed, Meshan Fareed and Kabrina Terubea gave respectful performances in the World Youth Chess Championship at the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"Apart from that, we hosted the Oceania Zonal Chess Championship in May where Gloria Sukhu, Goru Arvind, Ronald Terubea, Hilda Vukikomoala and Noel Adricula won International player titles."

Tappoo Group of Companies regional manager for finance and administration Sampath Udaya Kumara has increased the sponsorship for the National Blitz Event. He has given seven shopping vouchers worth $700 and four Billabong school bags, meaning 11 prizes would be awarded in the elite, female, under-18, primary school and secondary school categories.

CM Manoj Kumar said blitz chess was like sevens rugby where the result was seen within 10 minutes.

"It is a format of chess where both players must try to win within five minutes of thinking time," he said.

"If time runs out in a winning position, the player gets a loss and this makes blitz very unpredictable for most players."

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