Fiji Chess Federation (FCF) has named two teams to play in the
Junior Online Chess League (JOOC) which has attracted more than 280
players across 18 cities in Australia and New Zealand in the past few
weeks.

The Under-18 squad will be spearheaded by siblings Rudr Prasad of Jai Narayan College and Tanvi Prasad of Deenbandhoo Memorial Primary School while Makayla Sukhu of Gospel Primary School and Ayush Chand of Deenbandhoo Memorial Primary School complete the remaining spots.

“Chess is luckily one of the few sports that can go online and
encourage social distancing in competition,” states FCF President Hilda
Vukikomoala. “Like all other sports around the world, COVID-19 has
changed the way we have to operate. Just like the Tokyo Olympics, the
World Chess Olympiad is also postponed to 2021 in Moscow, Russia.”

A lot of players around the world are acquainted to playing online
chess, and Fiji is no exception. A strong senior team of ex-National
reps has also been confirmed with Candidate Master (CM) Taione Sikivou,
Prashant Sarup, Aarti Sewak and the upcoming Avinesh Nadan of Nadi.

“The tournament will be played from 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM Fiji Time on
Sunday 3 May, 2020 via Zoom Online Conferencing,” states General
Secretary Goru Arvind. “All players will have their audio and video
active and will not leave their seats for the duration of the match
under World Chess Federation (FIDE) regulations for online
championships. This is an ideal moment for our reps to experience
international chess from the comfort of their homes.”

The
championship features 8 players from Australia, 8 from New Zealand and 8
from Fiji under 5-minutes plus 3 second increment per move format with 7
rounds of play.

More online chess championships are expected around the world as COVID-19 pushes all sports away from the field.

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