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Source: Fiji Chess
The Fiji Chess Federation will host the 10th Rajnesh Parmeshwar Open Chess Championship on July 8 at the Fiji School of Medicine (Pacifica Campus) in Suva.
Lucrative cash prizes and specially sculptured trophies have been allocated for the top three winners, best female player, best secondary school player, best primary school player and best newcomer.
The tournament has been generously sponsored by Dinesh Parmeshwar, who is now based in Australia and in honour of his younger brother Rajnesh Parmeshwar.
Close friend Asheesh Gautam has given an additional $300 to hike the prize pool to $1000 all the way from New Zealand.
Top seed and Olympiad representative candidate master Calvin Prasad is expected to face a rebellious challenge from persistent candidate master Manoj Kumar, veteran Dr Neel Arora, Ronald Terubea who broke his 30 game winning streak, Noel Adricula, Christopher Kumar and Goru Arvind.
It also has been confirmed that all Olympiad representatives will be competing in the Elite Division to increase the excitement.
“This is the first tournament after the 4 member male and female squads were named for the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiad which has a total of 166 Chess Federations registered for it,” states general secretary Teliko Koroi.
“In terms of junior development, this has been a very active year for the Fiji Chess Federation since a lot of younger players like Semisi Vukikomoala, Jacquelyn Masilomani, Neelam Kumar, Esha Raicar, Menash Fareed, Keez Terubea, Wati Kado and Kelvyn Prasad have stepped up to find new form.
“We won’t be surprised if some of these players start to promote themselves to the Elite Division in the near future.”