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Fareed creates chess history

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, September 04, 2014

FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Menash Fareed created history after becoming the youngest person to win the National Under-20 Chess Championship over the weekend.

Fareed scored 5.5/6 to claim the championship held on Sunday at Level 4 TappooCity Conference Room in Suva.

Fiji Chess Federation acting president Calvin Prasad said the event was a special one since it marked the partnership of the federation with Flour Mills of Fiji (FMF) and TappooCity.

He also complimented Fareed for a grand performance.

"Menash was losing against players like Nahapetyan Gor and William Bennion at one stage but he managed to pull through because of experience and superior skill," Prasad said in a statement.

William Yee managed the second spot with 4.5/6 while debutant Bennion finished with 3/6 in a competitive field.

Rudr Prasad won the U18 division with 4.5/6 over Jun Seok Yun who managed 3/6.

Armenian dynamite Gor won the U16 division with 3/6 over Mahir Prasad by just half a point while Semisi Vukikomoala won the U14 division after scoring 3/6.

Junior development officer Gloria Sukhu was pleased with the performance of the youngsters.

"I am very happy to see players as young as 8-year-old Tanvi Prasad trying to play competitive chess for the first time," Sukhu said.

"In time to come, we hope to develop these young minds into seasoned players that match the best of Fiji like little Menash does."

The next tournament in the federation calendar is the Courts Fiji Open on September 14.

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