SOUTH Seas Club member Nitesh Chand will return to the top five rankings in the A Grade for the first time in three years after winning the Paradise Beverages third National Snooker Championship in Lautoka on Sunday.
Chand ranked ninth was in top form in the competition defeating the top three ranked players on his way to lift his second national title.
In the final Chand upset Fiji's number one Jitendra Prasad 4-2.
In the semi-finals Chand downed Fiji number three Deepak Jai Ram 3-1 while in the quarter-finals he edged former veteran champion Philip Gock 3-2.
Chand beat Fiji number two Praneel Singh in the eliminations.
His first national championship win was back in 2011.
An elated Chand said he was proud to defeat the top players in the competition.
He said the players from the Southern Division had been dominating the competition in recent years.
"I went into the competition with confidence after winning a couple of club events," Chand said.
"I had a tough draw but maintained my composure. My potting worked and with the backing of the South Seas Club members I managed to overcome the top seeds.
"It feels great to break the southern dominance. I thank my sponsor Coolman Refrigeration for the support."
Rahil Prasad won the B Grade defeating younger brother Sahil 2-1 in the final.
A Grade: Quarter-finals: Nitesh Chand 3 Philip Gock 2, Deepak Jai Ram 3 Vineel Nand 2, Jiten Prasad 3 Mosese Nawaqakuta 1, Ismail Wali 3 Mahen Deo 2. Semi-finals: Nitesh Chand 3 Deepak Jai Ram 1, Jiten Prasad 3 Ismail Wali 1.
Final: Nitesh Chand 4 Jiten Prasad 2. B Grade: Semi-finals: Rahil Prasad 3 Salesh 2, Sahil Prasad 3 Navneil Maharaj 1.
Final: Rahil Prasad 2 Sahil 1.