2014 National Primary & Secondary Schools Rapid Open

Fifth former Stanley Zhang of International Secondary surprised to win the Secondary Schools Title with 5/7 in a competitive field of 34 students. His brother James Zhang finished close by at 4/7 in fourth place. Stanley won over Keez Terubea after being tied at 5 points each by virtue of tie-break under a Swiss System.

“The Zhang twins impressed a lot since they had learnt to play chess only 9 months ago,” mentions President Dr. Virgilio De Asa. “Stanley managed to draw against second placed Keez Terubea of Nakasi High and third placed Menash Fareed (4.5/7) of Yat Sen Secondary High who were top contenders for the spot. Victories registered by newer players shows that our Sunday coaching sessions at Fiji Club under the guidance of National representatives CM Calvin Prasad, CM Manoj Kumar, CM Goru Arvind and WCM Gloria Sukhu are helping to introduce fresh talent.”

Class 7 student of Saint Annes Primary Jacqueline Masilomani became the Primary Schools Champion with 6/7. She was followed by Gor Nahapetyan of Learning Center (4/7), Vinooda Senewiratne of Marist Primary (4/7) and Shivaan Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary (3/7) in second, third and fourth positions respectively.

“We are particularly impressed with the number of young people playing in tournaments now,” states Junior Development Officer Gloria Sukhu. “We have also confirmed participation in the 2014 Asian Youth Chess Championship at Macau from June 3-12 where Jacqueline Masilomani and Zen Borg will make their debut in International chess. We are hopeful to see a spirited performance from the young guns of Fiji.”

The Fiji Chess Federation is also hosting a Trainers Seminar at Holiday Inn in Suva from May 6-7 which allows members of the public to attend free sessions to earn formal certification as International Chess Trainers. World Chess Federation (FIDE) will award participants with titles of FIDE Instructor (FI), National Instructor (NI) and Development Instructor (DI) so that chess training can be formally conducted in various parts of Fiji.