The University of Fiji has partnered with Fiji Chess Federation to host the biggest-ever chess championship in the Western Division on Sunday 29 November, 2020 from 09:00 AM at the Saweni Campus in Lautoka.

The University of Fiji Acting Vice-Chancellor Shaista Shameem added that Ravinesh Reddy, CEO of Sugar Taxis has kindly provided $1000 in sponsorship for the prize pool as a generous gesture towards chess in Fiji, and the organizing team is very grateful to him. 

 “A lot of excitement is shaping up with dozens of new players registering from the Western side of Fiji,” states General Secretary Goru Arvind. “Interested chess players from Fiji, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands are likely to feature in the tournament.” 

Initial registration trends have recorded about 25 new players from the West of Fiji with numbers expected to grow further by the weekend. Ex-National reps Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar, Avinesh Nadan, Prashil Prakash and CM Noel Adricula are also confirmed for the event, with talented siblings Rudr and Tanvi Prasad of Jai Narayan College traveling all the way from Suva to add to the mix.

The University of Fiji is proud to offer not only academic prospects but also holistic development. A newly inaugurated chess lawn, made with outsize pieces, is a milestone in this direction. A university chess club is established and additional monthly tournaments are planned within the campus. 

“We are also on the lookout for new talent in chess outside the boundaries of Suva,” adds President Hilda Kunau. “There are options to expose new National reps in the Global Chess League which has another 14 rounds by October 2021, and to grow our female player base for future international events.

“The tournament will be played under 15 minutes plus 5 second per move increment Rapid format. Entry fee is $ 5.00 for Under-18 participants and $ 10.00 for Adults. Members of the public who wish to compete are more than welcome to join by 08:30 AM on Sunday at The University of Fiji.

Prizes will be awarded in Open, Women, Primary School and Secondary School categories.

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