THE National Youth Rapid Chess Championship was deemed a success for the Solomon Islands Chess Federation.
Held on the 20th and 21st of February 2021, the championship brought together chess players between the ages of 15 and 34.
Following the Championship, Solomon Islands Chess Federation identified and endorsed Fred Resture to represent Solomon Islands in the 2021 Oceania Zone 3.6 Hybrid Competition for the World Cup Selection.
The Oceania Zone 3.6 Championship is geared towards selecting a representative player for the 2021 World Cup in July. At this stage the World Cup is scheduled for Sochi, Russia.
According to the Oceania Zone 3.6 President Paul Spillar, more details of this should be available and publicized within the next week or so.
“The tournament will use the FIDE Hybrid tournament rules and has been approved at the Asian Chess Federation Executive Board meeting held on Monday 15 February,” the Zone President said.
It was agreed that the zone tournament will be held as a round robin event over the consecutive weekends of March 20, 21 and March 27, 28. Two rounds will be played per day therefore four rounds will be played over each weekend. In case of a tied result, FIDE World Cup tie breaks will be used.
‘As a federation we are excited and will arrange sessions with Fred to prepare well for the on-line zonal tournament and the laws involved’ said our qualified FIDE Development instructor James Jr Samu.
For the recent National Youth Rapid Chess Championship, Fred Resture, confidently won the seven rounds competition with 6.5/7, defeating one of the country’s elite players Chris Angkimua Kaitu’u with 6/7. The finishing off pointed out clearly the first and the second highly determined players, and a total of six players with 5/7. Therefore the 3rd, 4th and 5th cash prizes allocated were legitimately shared between the six.
Most of the players expressed their gratitude for the successful tournament and are looking forward to the next tournament. Players at the close of the championship were also encouraged to form chess clubs as future competitions will be in teams as well as individuals.
Meanwhile the Solomon Islands representative will be conveyed to the Oceania Zone 3.6 President before the deadline of submission, which is 7th March, 2021.