Chess Icon Retires After 35 Years

Fiji Chess Icon, Dr. Virgilio De Asa, formally retired as President of the Fiji Chess Federation on Thursday 26 June 2014.

Fiji Chess has undergone dynamic transformation under his leadership in the last decade which saw Fiji host several international events and send players to global chess events including Continental and World Chess Championships. Dr De Asa has been the backbone of Fiji Chess since inception in 1979, serving as the President of Fiji Chess Federation for 35 years.

Dr De Asa was instrumental in sending the first women’s team to the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Spain and captained the Open team to several others. His prolific leadership saw a large number of local chess players attain International ratings and Titles.

Dr. De Asa efforts set in-motion Fiji’s upcoming Chess-in-Schools program, as well as a new robust Development Plan. He had served on numerous boards including FASANOC and the Oceania Chess Confederation. The Fiji Chess Federation Executive Committee appointed Calvin Prasad as Acting President.