FIJI'S highly rated chess player Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad has been invited to the Doeberl Cup in Canberra over the Easter Weekend.
The tournament is ranked one of the best events in the Oceania region and Prasad believes the invitation couldn't have come at a better time ahead of the Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, later this year.
"This is an ideal opportunity to gauge myself against masters from all around the world," he said.
"The Tromso tournament is so prestigious and we have a strong team consisting of myself, CM Manoj Kumar, CM Sanmogam Goundar and debutant CM Ronald Terubea."
President Dr Virgilio De Asa hasn't ruled out the possibility of silverware after stressing that local players have recently played and beat higher ranked internationals.
"In events in Istanbul (2012) and the Oceania Championship (2013), our players were able to defeat much stronger opponents from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sweden," he said.
"I am pleased with how our national representatives have clicked recently and expect the best from next week."
Despite all his success playing chess, Prasad has also dedicated a lot of time and effort to the development of the game in Fiji and has recently been recognised by the World Chess Federation.
The awards were given alongside junior development officer Gloria Sukhu, who is also the women's national champion. They each received the title of FIDE Artiber and Prasad also gained FIDE Instructor.
A FIDE trainer's seminar is being planned for May 4-5 in Suva, an opportunity for primary and secondary school teachers to make an attempt at receiving administrative titles for FIDE Instructor and National Instructor so that chess can be taught professionally in schools.