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Three youngsters to make debut in Chess Olympiad

Nine-year-old Tanvi Prasad of Deenbandhoo Memorial Primary School, Sugandha Goswami of Fiji National University and Candidate Master (CM) Noel Adricula will be making their debut for Fiji in a World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. Independent selection panel Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar said the team included a mixture of  professional and  rookie players RAICAR: “This […]

Salote Qalubau

July 31, 2016 9:51 am

Nine-year-old Tanvi Prasad of Deenbandhoo Memorial Primary School, Sugandha Goswami of Fiji National University and Candidate Master (CM) Noel Adricula will be making their debut for Fiji in a World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Young members of the Fiji Chess Federation playing friendly matches. (Facebook/Fiji Chess Federation)

Independent selection panel Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar said the team included a mixture of  professional and  rookie players

RAICAR: “This year’s squad is an interesting mix of veterans and new players. In fact, Tanvi is the youngest ever participant from all South Pacific Islands to participate in a World Chess Championship. Her selection is a proud moment indeed.”

Heading the Open Team is top ranked CM Calvin Prasad who is closely working with National Champion CM Manoj Kumar to run preparatory clinics with the Fiji Chess Team.

PRASAD: “For the first time in several years, Fiji’s National Chess Teams for Open and Women have committed to 12 hours of formal training per week for the month of July. It is an attempt to uplift the overall ability of the entire squad so that we can collectively aim for positive results in the upcoming Chess Olympiad.”

The Women’s Team will be relying heavily on the skills of Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Hilda Vukikomoala who has represented Fiji in previous World Chess Olympiads at Turkey and Norway. She will be closely supported by the experience of Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Gloria Sukhu and Kabrina Terubea in the same event.

In the Open Team, Taione Sikivou of Datec (Fiji) and CM Goru Arvind of the University of the South Pacific have also been added to the team since they have contrasting patterns of play that impressed the selection panel.

PRASAD: “Fiji Chess Federation is also thankful to Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC) for subsidizing our Olympiad travel with a generous grant of $ 20,000. In addition, they have also given us $30,000 to host the Fijian Chess Festival at Radisson Resort in Nadi from August 13-20 to gain further exposure to international competition from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.”

Meanwhile, Iranian Grandmaster (GM) Morteza Mahjoob is expected to arrive in Fiji by the end of the week to touch base with Team Fiji before he leads them into Baku as a mentor and Open Team Captain.

The Baku Chess Olympiad is scheduled for September 1-14.

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