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Victory for Terubea in chess event

Arin Kumar
Sunday, January 26, 2014

YOUNG Ronald Terubea shocked senior players to take out the National Blitz Open Chess Championship title yesterday.

Fiji Chess Federation vice president Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad said after the end of competition yesterday, Terubea was tied for first place in the Elite competition with Prasad and CM Manoj Kumar.

"After the tie-break, Terubea won, I was second and Kumar was third," he said.

The blitz competition is similar to sevens rugby where the game is shortened.

Matches are five minute rapid games in which both players must try to win within five minutes of thinking time.

"The tournament favours the younger players and for Ronald to beat senior players like Kumar and myself is very good.

"This augers well for chess in Fiji."

Arti Sewag took out the Womens competition ahead of veteran Gloria Sukhu while Menash Fareed won the junior competition.

Meanwhile, all office bearers retained their positions during the FCF annual general meeting after the tournament.

President, Dr Virgilio de Asa, vice presidents Prasad and Gloria Sukhu and general secretary Goru Arvind retained their positions.

After the AGM, Prasad won the Player of the Year award. He won four out of seven tournaments last year and was the runner-up in the three that he lost.

"Ronald Terubea won the Junior Player of the Year award. He didn't win any tournaments but was a close second in three," Prasad said.

"His younger brother Keis Terubea won the Most Improved Player award."

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