Candidate Master (CM) Manoj Kumar and Provisional Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Cydel Terubea clinched the 2023 Vodafone Fiji National Open Chess Champion and Fiji National Women’s Chess Champion titles, respectively, in a 5-day tournament where both remained unbeaten.
CM Manoj Kumar secured his 16th National Chess Championship title with an impressive score of 8/9, an unparalleled achievement since the sport’s inception in Fiji in 1979.
He was closely followed by CM Ronald Terubea and university student Yash Krishen Maharaj, who tied for second and third place with a score of 7/9.
Provisional WCM Cydel Terubea dominated the women’s division with a perfect score of 9/9, outperforming top female chess players in Fiji.
Tanvi Radha Prasad and Women’s National Rapid Chess Champion Louisa Corpuz secured the second and third positions, with scores of 7.5/9 and 6.5/9, respectively.
General Secretary Goru Arvind commented on the tournament’s success, stating, “The tournament was a true celebration of chess with many difficult to predict outcomes. We are very thankful to Vodafone Fiji for their unwavering support.”
In the Secondary School’s Division, Arnav Lal of Jai Narayan College emerged victorious with a score of 5/9.
The Primary School’s Division saw Yajas Sharma of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School lead with a score of 6.5/9, followed by Lionel Vaurasi and Paul Corpuz.
Sharma also received the Best Upset Award for his victory against CM Goru Arvind and a draw with CM Taione Sikivou.
Louis Corpuz won the second Best Upset Award.
“The biggest achievement for 2023 is seeing a lot of younger players improve,” “We anticipate featuring new National reps in the 2024 World Chess Olympiad.” added Arvind.
Joshua Sahayam and Fulori Masau received the Best Beginner Awards in the male and female categories, respectively, for their impressive performances.
Visudda Dissanayake won the Lucky Draw Prize for early online registration.