Good start for chess
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.
Participants at the Fijian Chess Festival in Nadi yesterday.