Keez Terubea won his first major title by securing the FMF Under-20 Championship against the presence of his siblings CM Ronald Terubea and ex-Olympiad representative Kabrina Terubea. The trio dominated the championship and even managed to hold-off WFM Hilda Vukikomoala who suffered a shock loss to Jacquelyn Masilomani.
“It was a pure surprise,” mentioned President Dr. Virgilio De Asa. “Jacquelyn Masilomani and Keez Terubea have proven by example that they are not to be under-estimated in the future. The past 1-2 years has been remarkable for Fiji Chess in the sense that a lot of our Under-20 players have produced good results.”
The Elite Division had a first time winner in the form of CM Noel Adricula, who managed to edge out CM Manoj Kumar via tie-break when both players drew at 4.5/5 each. “Local chess is no longer easy to dominate,” admits former National Champion Manoj Kumar. “Players like Jun Clomera and new CM Noel Adricula have been packing surprises in the past few tournaments, every game is tough these days.”
The tournament was proudly sponsored by Flour Mills of Fiji (FMF) who provided a total of $ 1000 in cash for winners in all categories. A record number of almost 40 players turned up for the competition, and the number of younger players was particularly encouraging.
The Fiji Chess Federation will resume coaching sessions for members of the public at Fiji Club from Sunday 8 September 2013 during 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM. Coaching is open to all who are interested to learn chess from ex-National representatives of the sport.