A NEW schools chess champion will be crowned in the National Primary and Secondary Schools Chess Championship in Suva this Sunday.
Last year's primary school champion Menash Fareed will no longer be eligible to defend his title since he has moved to Year 9 while secondary school champion Candidate Master Ronald Terubea is now a student at the University of the South Pacific.
The day-long competition, which will be held at Level 4 Tappoo City Conference Room, starts at 9am.
"The interesting bit this year is that Menash Fareed will be playing in the secondary schools category as a strong seed," Fiji Chess Federation assistant general secretary Teliko Koroi said in a statement.
"He has scored 3.5/8 in last year's National Championship and has the ability to give competition to other good players like Zen Borg, William Yee and Kabrina Terubea.
"A new champion is also expected in the primary schools category where we have promising players like Nahapetyan Gor, Jacquelyn Masilomani, Claudia Koroi and Vinooda Senewiratne."
FCF president Doctor Virgilio de Asa said the prestigious event was open for all primary and secondary school students who knew how to play chess.
"It is the only tournament where we will not have any senior players from tertiary institutions or beyond," he said.
"I urge all school principals to encourage their best players to compete."