The Fiji Times “Chess players’ luck looks bright
Fiji could compete with some of the best chess players in the world in the near future if they continue to improve internationally.
Fiji is one of 195 countries affiliated with the International Chess Federation and (FIDE) and is registered in zone 3.6 or the Oceania zone.
The area includes the Solomon Islands, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Guam, Nauru and Palau. The last Oceania zonal tournament was hosted by New Zealand in March.
It was won by Australian Temur Kuybokarov. Kuybokarov was fortunate enough to represent Oceania at the 2021 World Chess Cup, but withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Elmer Prudente of Guam represented zone 3.6 and the 2021 FIDE Chess World Cup was won by Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Sochi,” said former Fiji Chess Federation secretary Krishneel Nair. .
He said Fiji representative Taione Sikivou finished fifth overall in the Oceania zonal event.
“Magnus Carlsen won and defended the world title for the fifth time in a row. In a 14-round event, Carlsen won the title in Game 11, with three games remaining, with a score of 7.5-3.5. At the World Classic Chess Championship, Carlsen has not lost a single game in 27 consecutive rounds. The last time he lost a game was on Matchday 8 of WCC 2016. ”