2013 JR White National Championship

Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad convincingly won the National Chess Championship by amassing 7.5/8, his lone draw coming from a close match with John Caldeira. CM Ronald Terubea finished in 2nd place at 5.5/8, a clear two points behind the tournament leader.

CM Manoj Kumar secured the 3rd position at 5/8 after he was upset by Under-20 National Champion Keez Terubea in the final round. John Caldeira came 4th with 4.5/8, while Menash Fareed and Goru Arvind ended at 3.5/8.

Final Standings:

1st CM Calvin Prasad – 7.5/8, 2nd CM Ronald Terubea – 5.5/8, 3rd CM Manoj Kumar – 5/8, 4th John Caldeira – 4.5/8, 5th Menash Fareed / CM Goru Arvind – 3.5/8, 6th Keez Terubea – 2.5/8, 7th CM Noel Adricula / Asheesh Gautam – 2/8

The surprise package of the tournament was 12-year old Menash Fareed who finished at 3.5/8 after wins over CM Goru Arvind, CM Noel Adricula and Asheesh Gautam alongside a draw with John Caldiera. Menash Fareed invited himself to play against upper ranked players as a practice round for the 2013 World Youth Chess Championship at the United Arab Emirates which he is expected to compete in the Under-14 Category at the end of December. He will be accompanied by ex-Olympiad representative Kabrina Terubea who will be playing in the Female Category.

Upsets caused by Menash Fareed and Keez Terubea showed that the level of chess was improving rapidly among younger players, and a lot more is to be seen in years to come.

The Women’s National Championship was won by WCM Gloria Sukhu at 7.5/8, while Kabrina Terubea, Hilda Vukikomoala and Jacqueline Masilomani held the next 3 positions respectively.

This was particularly a successful year for the Fiji Chess Federation since Dr. Jashint Maharaj earned himself an International Arbiter (IA) title while the following 5 players received FIDE Titles in the 2013 Oceania Zonal Championship:

WFM – Hilda Vukikomoala, WCM – Gloria Sukhu, CM – Ronald Terubea, Goru Arvind, Noel Adricula

Based on the National Championship, the Fiji Chess Federation will announce 2 teams to compete in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway in time to come.