Candidate Master (CM) Calvin Prasad successfully edged past a strong challenge from CM Manoj Kumar to win the National Sports Day Blitz Chess Championship for the second time in a row. Prasad scored 8.5/9 while Kumar finished at 8/9. Tianata Terubea was 3rd overall with 5.5/9.
“It was an interesting event to mark the importance of sports in Fiji,” advises Deputy Arbiter Gaurav Raicar. “Chess is the only mental sport that is officially played by almost 200 countries around the world, and it has been gaining momentum over the years due to its subtle benefits towards cognitive thinking in young people, especially Primary and Secondary School Students.”
In the Junior Division, Rudr Prasad, Mohr Jordan David, Mahir Prasad and Zen Borg were all tied at the top four positions since they amassed an equally impressive score of 5/9. Russell Talonga of Yat Sen Secondary High School finished closely behind the lot with 4.5/9.
The Women’s Division was won by Kabrina Terubea of Dudley High School since she had a solid score of 4/9.
The next tournament on the Federation’s cards is the Rajnesh Parmeshwar Memorial Open at 09:00 AM on July 10 at Khatri Hall, Suva.