Fiji’s Online Chess Team registered back-to-back wins against Surbiton Junior Chess Club of England and Geelong Chess Club of Australia in the Global Chess League.
86 international teams are competing in the league for a duration of 14 weeks.
In the match against Chris Broschoe captained Surbiton Junior Chess Club, Board 1 Candidate Master Manoj Kumar lost to Joseph Morrison 0.5 – 1.5, and Fiji was under pressure to score on lower boards.
A strong fightback from Team saw Goru Arvind defeating Henry Powell 2-0, 15-year old Rudr Prasad of Jai Narayan College outclassing Sam Sturge 2-0 and female rep Aarti Sewak beat Rory Baguley 2-0.
Fiji won against Surbiton Junior Chess Club with a score of 6.5 – 3.5.
Team Fiji came out even stronger in the match against Geelong Chess Club with a score of 11-3.
Fiji Chess President Hilda Kunau says the players are very delighted to record back-to-back wins in an international event.
Kunau adds 2020 is officially Fiji’s golden year for online chess as they have never scored against so many international opponents in a single year, and they hope to introduce new players as they go along.