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Kumar bets on young guns

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AN exciting competition is anticipated in the third National Blitz Open Chess Championship which will be held at Tappoo City Level 4 conference room in Suva this Saturday.

The Fiji Chess Federation expects fireworks on the chessboard since the five-minute rapid tournaments are held only once a year.

Former national champion Candidate Master Manoj Kumar tipped youngsters to dominate the championship.

"Over the years, we have seen excellent rapid players in the form of Under-20 National Champion Keez Terubea, Kabrina Terubea and Candidate Master (CM) Ronald Terubea," Kumar said in a statement.

"When it comes to rapid chess, the Terubea siblings are considered to be deadly and we expect them to make an impact."

National champion CM Calvin Prasad will return to play the Blitz Championship after missing the chance to defend his title in last year's tournament.

"Rapid chess is a fun way to kick start a more serious chess calendar," Prasad said.

"It is a quick way to see how fast our brains can compute under time pressure and finish with a win."

The tournament will follow a new format this year where players will be classified into Elite, Intermediate and Female categories to compete for separate prizes.

Top players in Women Candidate Master Gloria Sukhu, Women Fide Master Hilda Vukikomoala, Neelam Kumar, Jacquiline Masilomani, Claudia Koroi, Menash Fareed, Austin Koroi, Kelvin Prasad, Christopher Kumar, CM Noel Adricula and defending champion CM Goru Arvind have confirmed their participation.

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