New board member for chess federation
Anew executive board member was elected during the Fiji Chess Federation 36th annual general meeting at FASANOC Olympic House on Wednesday night.
Back in the line-up are president, Calvin Prasad and general secretary Goru Arvind who stood unopposed for their positions. “I would like to thank all members of Fiji Chess Federation for having confidence in me once more,” said Prasad.
“2015 was eventful for us, since it marked the acceptance of a new constitution to re-engineer our daily operations.
“In the playing field, I am particularly impressed with youngsters like Rudr Prasad, Kabrina Terubea, Russell Talonga, William Bennion and Menash Fareed who have won in several events.” Manoj Kumar was elected as deputy president, while Internation- al Arbiter (IA) Jashint Maharaj and veteran John Caldiera were confirmed as vice-presidents. Frederick Sukhu and Ravikesh Prasad were added to the board as executive members, while four other members will be announced later. Kiran Khatri was officially appointed as treasurer.
“It is a pleasure to be general secretary for the fourth consecutive year,” said Goru. “We are looking at doing things more efficiently by outsourcing key tasks to a newly appointed administrative manager, Tamara Smith.” He said next on the cards is the endorsement of the 2016 World Chess Olympiad Teams for Open and Women. “We have a three-member independent panel working on the selection criteria.
They will consider things like individual performances for 2015, player history in World Championships and Oceania Zonals, ability to play in longer formats and overall style of play for elite players who are in the shortlist. The final team will be a mix of youth and experience to create a balance between aggression and resilience.” Elections were followed by three special awards from the president for players who had outstanding achievements in the previous year. Yat Sen Secondary School student Menash Fareed won the 2015 Young Male Player of the Year Award, Nakasi High School student Kabrina Terubea won the 2015 Female Player of the Year Award while National Champion Manoj Kumar bagged the 2015 Player of the Year Award.
Source: Chess Fiji