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2012 Fiji International Open Set for Big Field

The 1st Fiji International Open Chess Championship, to be held May 5-12, 2012, is set to become the biggest tournament in Fiji chess history.

With airfares to Fiji with both and at historic lows, big turnouts are expected from Fiji’s neighbours in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In addition, all Fiji’s top players are expected to compete for the record $F10,000 prize fund (approx 4300 EUR).

Venue: Peninsula International Hotel, Suva, Fiji

Format & Time Control: 9-Round Swiss with time control of 90 minute plus 30 seconds per move from move one.

Confirmed International Players: Grandmaster Darryl Johansen (AUS), International Master George Xie (AUS) with 3 x GM Norms, FIDE Master Brian Jones (AUS), FIDE Master Bob Smith (NZ) with 1 x IM Norm, Women’s FIDE Master Vivian Smith (NZ), Bill Egan (AUS) and Paul Spiller (NZ).

Confirmed Fiji Players (Male): Candidate Master Calvin Prasad, Candidate Master Manoj Kumar, Candidate Master Sanmogam Goundar, Dr Neel Arora, Goru Arvind and Ronald Terubea. Additional invitational players are Jun Adricula, Noel Adricula, Ken Fong, Rajiv Raj, Kelvyn Prasad, Kevin Yuan, Keez Terubea, June Clomera, Edwin Pedraverde, Taione Sikivou and Vinooda Seniwaratne.

Confirmed Fiji Players (Female): Amy Bale, Claudia Koroi, Esha Raicar, Gloria Sukhu, Hilda Vukikimoala, Isabel Tabore, Jacqui Masilomani, Jeryka Prasad, Kabrina Terubea, Wati Kado and Neelam Kumar. Additional invitational players are Sugandha Goswani, Menash Fareed, Louise Masilomani and Teliko Koroi.

Peninsula International Hotel Fiji

Peninsula International Hotel Fiji

Entry Fees:
The entry fee will be F$250 (approx A$135/NZ$175). Free entry for GM, IM, WGM, WIM. There will be a discount of 20% on entry fee for those who register on or before 31 March 2012.

Guaranteed minimum total of FJD $10000 as follows:
1st – $3000, 2nd- $2000, 3rd- $1500, 4th – $1000, 5th – $700, 6th – $500, 7th – $300. Best female – $500. Best local player: 1st – $300, 2nd – $200. Trophies will also be awarded to the top winners (men & women). Prize money will be shared equally among tied players.

Direct encounter (result between tied players)
Sum of Progressive Score
Solkoff Score (Sum of Opponents Score)
15-Minute Rapid Games

Chief Arbiter: FA Krishneel Nair

The Fiji Chess Federation has reserved rooms at the new look 3-star Peninsula International Hotel located in the heart of Suva at the following rates (Fiji dollars): Standard Rooms (Single –$120, Double/Twin-$140), Superior Standard Rooms (Single-$130, Double/Twin- $150), Deluxe Rooms (single-$160, Double/Twin-$190), Superior Deluxe Rooms (Single- $220, Double/Twin- F$250).

Deluxe and Superior Deluxe room rates are inclusive of Continental breakfast. All room rates inclusive of value added tax (VAT) and services turnover tax (STT).A 10% discount in room rates will apply for bookings made in advance through the Fiji Chess Federation. A 50% deposit for hotel accommodation at least two weeks before arrival applies.

Payments for entry fee and hotel deposits should be made by bank transfer to the Oceania Chess Fund, BSP Dominion House, Bank of South Pacific (BSP), A/C No. 3104155, Swift Code: Payment by bank draft can be posted to the above P.O. Box address.

Detailed information about the tournament venue is available at:

Dr. Virgilio C. de Asa
President, Fiji Chess Federation
International Organizer
GPO Box 12408, Suva
Phones: (679) 331-4450 (work)
(679) 331-2682 (home)
Fax: (679) 330-3655

Sam Goundar Fiji

The man behind the Fiji Open, Sam Goundar, climbing one of the many coconut trees near the venue

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