New board mem­ber for chess fed­er­a­tion

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

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

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