Good start for chess

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

The Fi­jian Chess Fes­ti­val got off to a great start in Nadi yes­ter­day with play­ers from Fiji, Aus­tralia and New Zealand par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­au­gu­ral week- long chess bo­nanza. With a dozen overseas com­peti­tors in the field, the event prom­ises to be an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for the lo­cal chess en­thu­si­asts to test out their skills against their Ocea­nia coun­ter­parts. “We are look­ing for­ward to some ex­cit­ing chess be­ing played and it is greatly en­cour­ag­ing to see the up­com­ing tal­ent in Fiji chess take ad­van­tage of the school hol­i­days to par­tic­i­pate,” chief ar­biter Dr Jashint Ma­haraj said. “The at­mos­phere in the room is in­tense as the young kids look to chal­lenge and up­set the overseas vis­i­tors.” The tour­na­ment also serves as the 2016 Ocea­nia Se­niors Chess Cham­pi­onships and in­au­gu­ral Ocea­nia Ju­niors Chess Cham­pi­onships.

“Fiji Chess Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, Calvin Prasad, ne­go­ti­ated the in­clu­sion of Ocea­nia ti­tles into the Fi­jian Chess Fes­ti­val and this has been a ma­jor draw card for our re­gional play­ers,” deputy ar­biter Gau­rav Raicar said.

“Plus the fes­ti­val rounds off prepa­ra­tions for the up­com­ing chess teams to the Chess Olympiad.” The or­gan­is­ers thanked var­i­ous spon­sors in­clud­ing the Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion. The Fi­jian Chess Fes­ti­val has three tour­na­ments that will be held con­cur­rently dur­ing the week at the Radis­son Blu Re­sort on De­na­rau Is­land.

Photo: Fiji Chess

Photo: Fiji Chess

Par­tic­i­pants at the Fi­jian Chess Fes­ti­val in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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