The 2nd Tappoo City Blitz Open was won by Goru Arvind after 11 rounds of 5 minute rapid-play. He won 10 games alongside top seed CM Manoj Kumar. However, Manoj Kumar received the 2nd prize since he lost barely to Goru Arvind in one of his rounds. Noel Adricula, who upset the overall winner in one of his games, finished at 3rd with 7.5 points.
The 34th Fiji Chess Federation Annual General Meeting was hosted at Tappoo City minutes before the blitz tournament, and President Dr Virgilio De Asa was unanimously re-elected in his position once more. CM Calvin Prasad and Gloria Sukhu retained their positions as Vice-Presidents while CM Manoj Kumar remained the Treasurer. Teliko Koroi and Goru Arvind swapped their positions as General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary respectively. “The Federation views 2013 as a very big year since Fiji will host the Oceania Zonal Chess Championship at Sonaisali Resort from May 4-11,” states President Dr Virgilio De Asa. “We have recognized young talent by awarding 12-year old Menash Fareed the 2012 Most Improved Player of the Year and 13-year old Kabrina Terubea the 2012 Junior Player of the Year. Veteran Dr Sanmogam Goundar received the 2012 Player of the Year since he won the National Championship in December.”
Younger players were also awarded category prizes in the Tappoo City Blitz. Female Olympiad representative Kabrina Terubea stamped her mark as a rapid player by top scoring with 11.5 points off 12 games. Jerika Prasad won the Best Secondary School award with 11 points while Menash Fareed received the Best Primary School award at 9 points. Other players like Vinooda Seniwaratane, June Adricula, Rajiv Raj, Keez Terubea, Hilda Vukikomoala and Gloria Sukhu provided some very entertaining games as the championship progressed.
The Fiji Chess Federation is also planning to re-introduce free chess coaching sessions for players of various levels to increase the excitement before the Oceania Zonal which will feature players from Australia, New Zealand, Guam and several Pacific Island countries. Apart from this, a strategic plan is also in place to develop players in preparation for the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway.