Chess in the Pacific Islands.
(The information presented here was last updated in October 2011)
The Palau Chess Federation has over 50 members who compete in tournaments held regularly at the Knights & Rooks Chess Club in Koror. The Federation's president, Roberto Hernandez, also publishes a chess column in the Tia Belau newspaper. Further information is available from Roberto Hernandez. The FIDE-rated Palau Invitational is an international tournament which has been held there in recent years.
Solomon Islands (SOL)
The Solomon Islands Chess Federation has around 100 members who regularly compete in friendly tournaments in Honiara. The Federation held the Solomon Islands International round-robin event in September 2009. Further information is available from Anthony Maelasi, SI Chess Federation, PO Box 1890, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
New Caledonia (Nouvelle Calédonie) (NCL)
Le Club D'Echecs de Nouméa meets regularly on Thursdays evenings at Salle Adré Proud, Rue Montcalm, Faubourg Blanchot, Nouméa. Social games are also played on Monday nights at Les Copains D'Abord restaurant, 12 bis rue du Dr Lescour, Quartier Latin, Nouméa. Further details are available by contacting Hamid Jghima or Sylvain Giraud. The New Caledonia International was held in Nouméa during September 2011.
French Polynesia (Polynésie Française) (PYF)
There are many active chess players in Tahiti and French Polynesia. Further details are available by contacting Jean-Pierre Cayrou or visiting the Papeete Olympique Echecs website.
Guam Echecs is a registered non-profit organization that has been formed to teach, promote, and develop chess in Guam and the Marianas. Guam Echecs hosts regular tournaments. For further information please contact Leon Ryan.
The Nauru Chess Federation has several small chess clubs and around 50 chess players on the island. Competitions are organised regularly. For further information please contact Ruben Kun and Alamanda Lauti.
Marshall Islands (MHL)
Some players occasionally play chess at the University of the South Pacific. For further information please contact Irene Taafaki.