Fiji Chess Federation’s plans to develop and identify young talents in the country is set to thrive with the “Chess-In-Schools” incentive being launched next month.
Collaborating with the Ministry of Education, the federation will introduce the game of chess to 20 pilot schools in the Central Division.
With the overwhelming response from young people in taking up chess as a sport, the federation has started a program that will help nurture chess players around Fiji. Fiji Chess Federation president Calvin Prasad said the new incentive would strengthen the sport in the country.
“This development program was in the pipeline for a long time and we are happy now that it is finally about to commence. The number of school students taking part has increased significantly,” Prasad said.
“The response and interest among young people have been well and we can also see the performance of these players in our monthly competitions as a revelation.
“We will be providing the schools with teacher training and chess equipment so they can organise their own chess clubs.
“We will start in the Central Division first and then move on to the West and the Northern Division.”
The federation will also organise the annual chess competition for schools later in the year involving 20 schools and about 200 participants.