- One Day Rapid Chess Tournament
The Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation together with Naparima College is pleased to present a One Day Rapid Chess Tournament.
- Chess Excitement comes to Paramin
Nestling in the verdant foothills of the Northern Range, the village of Paramin has acquired a character of its own. Apart from its well known agricultural pursuits, the settlement is the traditional home of parang music and a "native" pride that keeps the picturesque practice of patois alive.
- Chess and The Nature of Life
"I've seen chess players sit there calmly thinking about whether their next move is the right one or whether there are better moves to be made. Isn't that a real parallel to the nature of life, making the best choice in executing the next move..."
- Exciting End to Caribbean Chess Carnival
The three-day event, a seven-round international competition organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Junior Chess Foundation and sponsored by First Citizens Asset Management Limited, came to an exciting end at the National Academy of the Performing Arts.
- Martin Siblings Shine In RHAND Tournament
Athena Martin and her elder brother Mikel emerged as champions in their divisions at the RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge held at the Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School, Sangster's Hill, Scarborough on the weekend.
- Singh takes Junior Chess honours
Vishnu Singh concentrates on his next move in his game against Joshua Johnson
National Junior Chess champion Vishnu Singh emerged victorious at the tenth Indian Arrival Day Junior Chess Open tournament. Singh was one of 103 participants who chose to engage in the tourney which was staged at Presentation College, Chaguanas, on the Indian Arrival holiday last week.
- Chess battles return to the Sister Isle
After some 24 years, tournament chess returns to Tobago from July 5 to 6 with the RHAND Scholastic Open Chess. The event follows a "Chess-in-Schools" programme initiative in 2013 by RHAND Credit Union and the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation that introduced the game of chess in eight secondary schools in Tobago.
- Jamaicans dominate the 2013 CARIFTA Junior Chess Championship
“Gladly!” The single response given by Shreyas “the FM-slayer” Smith who won the U-20 title in the 2013 CARIFTA Junior Chess Championships which concluded with a bang in Kingston, Jamaica on Monday April 8. The Championship, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, was a five-day chess festival consisting of 7 rounds in a Swiss format.
- Chess Carnival Launches at Moulton Hall
The tenth edition of the annual Caribbean Chess Carnival comes off in early August and this popular junior event is again expected to attract a large participation among young chess players of the region. The seven-round Swiss tournament, organised by the T&T Chess Foundation, had its ceremonial launching yesterday at the Moulton Hall Methodist Primary School in Port-of-Spain.
- Local Chessists 3rd in Miami Chess
The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation's team have much to celebrate following their 3rd and 4th place wins in the Team division of the Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic held over the Christmas holidays.
- TTCF Invitational Christmas Hamper Tournament
The TTCF recently held its inaugural Invitational Christmas Hamper Tournament on December 18, 2011, at NALIS in Port of Spain. The tournament saw nineteen (19) juniors competing for prizes in two categories: Open and Novice Section.
- Suriname International Chess Tournament Report
As I begin, I would like to say that this Suriname Open Rotary Chess tournament, which saw participants engage in 7 rounds of play from November 24 to 27, 2011, was truly a pleasure to attend. It was well organized, well run and I really enjoyed the experience.
- Exciting end to Caribbean Chess Carnival
Sixteen-year-old Keron Cabralis, Trinidad and Tobago's FIDE (World Chess Federation) Master, finished unbeaten en route to winning the Under-20 Category and the top-prize of $2,400 at the 2011 Caribbean Chess Carnival tournament.
Girls emerge in AIB Chess
Two juniors, Lexi Browne of Holy Name Preparatory School and
Andre Sims of Fatima College took the top spots in the AIB
One Day Rapid Play Chess tournament played at St. Augustine
Girls’ High School on Saturday.
- Amachi top South Chess
Gabriella Johnson of Maria Regina Grade School and
Presentation College’s Ayomide Amachi took top honours in
the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation’s One-day Rapid
Play tournament held on Saturday at Presentation College in
Minister pledges support for chess foundation
Prakash Ramadhar, Minister of Legal Affairs, right, at the chessboard with his brother Kishore during the Caribbean Chess Carnival. Looking on is US Grandmaster Gennady Sagalchik who won the open section of the tournament.
The land of sun, music, beaches and chess!
Trinidad is a land of natural
beauty. A land of pride touting the infectious rhythm of
Soca, the soothing beats of steel pan music and of the cricket
Brian Lara. Its famous Maracas Beach is an attractive site for
millions of tourists and the Carnival is reputed to be among
the world’s best.
Fireman Jerome Wins First
Fireman Richard Jerome took
top honours among players who participated in the First
Flight Air Ambulance Company sponsored Chess Classic held on
Saturday at St. Augustine Girl’s High School. Jerome, a
fireman by profession, played unbeaten in the Adult Novice
section of the tournament capturing the top prize with a
perfect score of 5 points from 5 games.
Teacher wins AIB Chess
teacher at Presentation College, San Fernando had a lot to
celebrate when he won the Adult Novice category of the
Agostini Insurance Brokers (AIB) sponsored Rapid Play chess
event held at St. Augustine Girls’ High School over the
battles make comeback in Tobago
After some 20
years, tournament chess returned to Tobago on Saturday not
with a bang, but not with a whimper either. The open event,
following an eight-week programme of training for
Tobagonians of all ages
Grand Prix chess closes
THE ORCHARD Junior
Chess Grand Prix had its grand finale on Saturday. The
finale saw the climax of a three-part series of events
organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation where
the overall winners were decided by an accumulation of their
points from a total of three tournaments.
set to win Grand Prix Chess
Seth Lalla, a
Standard one student of Diamond Vale Government Primary
School had a lot to celebrate when he advanced his lead by
winning the Under 1050 category of the Orchard Junior Chess
Grand Prix tournament held at the Nestle Sports Club,
Valsayn over the weekend.
Exciting Start to Grand Prix Chess
Large turnout as Junior Chess Grand Prix kicked off this weekend. Ninety-two
junior chess players cut short their Divali holiday to participate in the 2009
Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix which started on Saturday at the Nestle Sports
First at Caribbean Chess Carnival
For the first time in Trinidad and Tobago and the English speaking
Caribbean, a chess tournament will be graced by the presence of a Woman
Chess Grandmaster - Azerbaijanian Women's Chess grandmaster (WGM) Ilaha
of sexes in Chess Carnival
Grandmaster (WIG) Ilaha Kadimova will be the star of the
Caribbean Chess Carnival which comes off at the Queen’s Park
Oval, St Clair from August 4-9.
takes PowerGen Chess Title
Jeremy Ammon retained the top spot in the PowerGen Junior Open held on Saturday
at St. Augustine Girls’ High School. The competition which attracted 70 players
was the fourth in a series of monthly events and was organized by the Trinidad
and Tobago Chess Foundation to prepare young players for the up-coming Caribbean
Chess Carnival, an international tournament scheduled for August 4th to 9th at
the Queen’s Park Oval.
In memory of Dr Chess
Of all the players who held the title of national chess champion of
Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Maxwell Sturm occupies a unique and distinguished
place. Apart from his exploits over the chessboard at home and in the
Caribbean, Dr Sturm was also a correspondence player of international repute
and a prolific, informed and regular contributor to correspondence chess
magazines in several countries.
year old chessist wins St Mary’s contest
JUSTIN LABASTIDE scored his
first victory on Saturday following his win in the National
Championship held earlier this month. Labastide took honours
in the under 1400 rating division of the Chess Foundation
sponsored Junior Open held at St Mary’s College in
Holmes wins in Jamaica
Spanish international chess Grandmaster Alfonso Romero Holmes
justified his billing as the favourite by winning the Magnificent
Chess-UWI Masters tournament that took place in Kingston, Jamaica
from Monday 16th March to Sunday 22nd March, 2009. Holmes was
unbeaten on 5.5/6 after defeating Barbadian FM Delisle Warner in the
seventh and final round.
Youngsters prepare for
College student Jarryon Paul scored 4.5
points from five rounds to win the Under
1800 section of the open junior tournament
organised by the T&T Chess Foundation at St
Augustine Girls High School last Saturday.
blossoms at Library
Library in Port-of-Spain will soon become a centre of
activity for the country’s junior chess players. A programme
for achieving this is being drawn up by the T&T Chess
Foundation which has, within recent times, held a number of
events at the venue, starting with an informal Friday
afternoon playing room for its young chessists.
Players shines in US chess
Rafael Guerrero, a Form Five student of St Mary’s College,
took second place out of a field of 12 players with an
average rating of 1908 at the recent Dallas Scholastic Chess
Championships. Guerrero ended the five-round Swiss
tournament with 3.5 points behind Mitchell Powell, a 2107
rated player from the US, who finished with a perfect score.
The tournament featured top scholastic players from the US
and Canada with an average rating 1908.
AVEY wins First Flight Chess
Sam Avey, 9 year-old
Dunross Co-operative Society School student, has joined
the coterie of leading junior chess players by his
impressive victory in an Invitational tournament which
ended on Sunday at the National Library in Port of
Exciting end to Orchard
Hours before the scheduled start of the first game, parents and
junior chessists, proudly wearing their bright orange Orchard
jerseys, began trickling into the Nestlé Sports Club in anticipation
of the day’s events.
World Chess Olympiad Dresden, Germany
12 - 25
November 2008 Press Release 1: Sunday November 9th 2008
BARBADOS TEAM DEPARTS FOR DRESDEN - The Barbados Contingent
for the 38th World Chess Olympiad departed from Grantley
Adams Airport today on British Airways for Dresden, Germany.
EMERGE IN ORCHARD GRAND PRIX
Christopher Raphael of St Mary's College and Mahendra
Singh of Montrose Chaguanas Government Primary School
have perfect scores after both the first and second legs
of the Orchard Junior Grand Prix being played at the
Nestle Sports facility, Valsayn. Raphael leads the eight
players in the Under 20 group with 10 points while Singh
tops the 21-player Under 10 field with 14 points.
Yee scores De Verteuil double
FM Frank Yee has successfully defended his F.W. DeVerteuil
Open Memorial title by scoring six straight victories in the
seven round event. Although he lost the final game on
Thursday to Ravishen Singh who also finished on six points,
Yee's win was assured via the tie-break system.
Singh receives his trophy from Coreen Cabralis, Secretary T&TCA.
RAVISHEN SINGH came storming through the second half of the
11-round national championship finals to realise his
long-cherished dream of emerging the country's top chess
TWO JUNIOR chess champions, Jayson Paul and Melissa Pereira
took top honours in the Under-20 and Under-14 categories of
the Petrotrin sponsored Junior Open Chess tournament held at
the National Science Centre last Saturday. Paul, 15, the
national Under-16 champion, and Pereira, 13, women’s
national Under-14 title-holder, finished the five-round
event on four and four and a half points respectively.
Star in Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix
Trinidad and Tobago under 10 champion Mahendra Singh and his
brother Vishnu Singh took top honours in the under 10 and 14
age groups in the first leg of the Orchard Junior Chess
Grand Prix, which kicked off on Saturday at Nestle Sports
Club, in Valsayn.
JOHNSON played unbeaten to take the Under-10 title in E-Teck
Open Junior Chess Tournament held on Saturday at St
Augustine Girls’ High School.
The nine-year old Maria Regina
Preparatory School pupil ended with a perfect score to take
top honours in the five-round Swiss- styled tournament.
HEROES DAY CUP
no longer in the Norm hunt and egger to secure bragging
rights and rating points, finished with a draw against
International Master Moran and a win over FIDE Master
Dr. Philip Corbin.National Champion FIDE Master Delisle
Warner, who after an excellent start, posted what could
likely be his worst finish in a chess tournament, when
he lost his last four matches to end on 3 ½ points and 6th
The Trinidad and
Tobago Chess Foundation
Services have strengthened their bond with the local chess
community by sponsoring an Open Junior Chess tournament on
Saturday last at St. Augustine Girls’ High School.
(59) players turned up for the competition, the first in a
series of monthly one-day Rapid Play chess tournaments that
are intended to assist junior chess players to prepare for
the five-day International which comes off from August 6th
to 10th. Saturday’s event which was hosted by the Trinidad
and Tobago Chess Foundation saw players compete for cash
prizes in four categories,
Ashley treats the chessboard like a
playing field and the players like real life athletes.
"Chess is a sport," said Ashley when interviewed by
Contemporary Black Biography. "It's competitive, it's work,
it's pressure, it's tension, it's pain, it's guts and glory,
and disappointment and defeat.
defeats famous grandmaster
Magnificent Chess, the new kid on
the block, and chief sponsors Burger King combined to
produce the biggest and strongest open chess tournament in
Jamaica’s history with the staging of the Jamaica Chess
Federation’s 2007 Frederick Cameron Chess Open, a six-round
Swiss event that was held over two days on Saturday December
15 and Sunday December 16, 2007.
Wins In Sensational De Verteuil Chess Final
In one of the most dramatic finishes in local chess
history FIDE Master Frank Yee captured the winner’s title in
Knights Chess Club’s F.W. de Verteuil Memorial Open
Tournament in the final round of the RHAND-sponsored event
held last Thursday night at the RHAND Credit Union building,
59-61 Abercromby St., Port-of-Spain. Within recent times,
more particularly in 2007, Yee has been knocking loudly at
the doors of tournament championships with his very
consistent play and this is his first major open title win
in the local chess arena.
AS expected, the two
International Masters Humberto Pecorelli of Cuba and Amon
Simutowe of Zambia are ahead of the 34 players in the Open
section of the CMMB Championship after four rounds.
Pecorelli, however, is in the lead with 4 points, half a
point ahead of the African star who was held to an
unexpected draw by Roger Matoewi, Suriname’s national
champion, in the second round.
lead in CMMB chess tournament
After five rounds of
play, Top Seed, Grandmaster Lenier Dominguez of Cuba
holds a clear 1 point lead with 5 points in the 2007
Central America & Caribbean Zonal Chess Championship
currently being played in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Champion Draw his Opening Game in Zonal Championships.
National Champion Terry Farley drew his opening match
against Costa Rican International Master Bernal Gonzalez to
give himself a solid start in the Central American &
Caribbean Zonal Chess Championships in Santo Domingo.
Maharaj took top honours in the Under 20 age group section
at the first leg of the Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix held
at Presentation College, San Fernando last Saturday 26th May
Maharaj a form 4 student of Trinity College
(East) ended the Orchard Grand Prix with a perfect score of
5 out of 5 to take first place. His toughest game came in
the third round against Esan Wiltshire of the Queen’s Royal
College who is also Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-18 Champion.
St. Mary's One Day Rapid Play
CHRISTOPHER Raphael, 14-year-old St Mary’s student, added
another trophy to his growing collection when he topped the
U20 section of the Rapid Play tournament held at St
Augustine Girls High School on Friday, March 30th.
Christopher, a fomer national U14 champion, scored 4.5
points in the five-round event.
Chess Champion in Cuba
Ahora.cu / 01-02-2007/ 2:30 p.m.
Grand Master Lazaro Bruzon became Cuba's
new chess champion Wenesday after defeating defending champ
GM Leinier Domínguez in five minutes.
The two chess
rivals now hold three championships each. In 2006, it was
Dominguez who beat Bruzon in five minutes, reports Granma
Just as last year, the match was decided
in the second five minute speed game in which Bruzon, with
the white pieces, used a Reti Opening which he had already
tried in the second 25-minute match.
"I was in a
difficult situation, he had a pawn advantage, but I had a
lot of compensation and the initiative. In speed matches it
is more difficult to defend than attack and I was able to
find the best opportunities," said Bruzon amid the applause
of hundreds of chess enthusiasts attending the competition.
(Taken from ACN)
Barbados Player Misses IM Title
chess champion FM Ryan Harper had the best performance of
the three Trinidad and Tobago entries to the sub-zonal
tournament held recently in Venezuela. Harper finished the
nine round contest with 4 points, placing tenth among the 16
players from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, T&T,
Barbados and Jamaica. Dr Eddison Chang scored 3 points for
the 14th place while Marcus Joseph was 16th with 2.5.
Chessists AS ORCHARD JUNIOR CHESS GRAND PRIX ENDS
The final leg of
the Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix Championship came to a
close on Saturday 4th November at the Nestle
Sports Club. The event attracted 120 enthusiastic
and Kramnik Have Arrived in Elista for World Chess
(Left) and Vladimir Kramnik
Grandmaster Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and
Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik of Russia arrived in
Elista by charter together with their delegations
for the forthcoming World Championship Match. They
were met at the airport by the leadership of the
Republic of Kalmykia, journalists and chess fans.
show....T&T juniors dominate Caribbean chess scene
Trinidad and Tobago’s young chess players are
emerging as the major force in Caribbean
competition, as the results in recent regional
tournaments are showing. Our players
have dominated both the Sagicor Open Junior
Championships held in Barbados at the end of last
month and the CMMB Caribbean Junior Championships
which took place at Bishop Anstey High School in
Port-of-Spain last week. T&T’s emergence is seen in
the fact that our youngsters have won more prizes in
these contests than the players of any other
Brokerage firm supports
T&TCF regional event - Investing money like playing
money is somewhat like playing chess, says Ram
Ramesh, Managing Director and CEO of CMMB Limited.
The mild-mannered executive should know since he not
only heads the largest brokerage house in the
Caribbean but also dabbled in the royal game during
his school days in India.
“Our company is focused on enhancing wealth for
investors and individuals through intelligent
investing,” he notes. “It is somewhat like playing
chess which is a game of huge possibilities and
numerous probabilities all of which must be
constantly evaluated in making moves that will
secure you the maximum advantage.”
Local Chessists Sweep
T & T’s National
Junior Champion, Marcus Joseph, together with FIDE
rated Allan Munro and local rising star Justin
Salloum share joint first place in the Under 20
category of the CMMB Caribbean Junior Chess
Championships. The Championships, a seven-round
Swiss organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess
Foundation commenced on Tuesday 1st
August at Bishop Anstey High School in Port of
Spain, attracted 87 players from Barbados, Curacao,
Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago who
contested in three age categories for more than
$10,000 in cash prizes and trophies.
Under 20s Create
Excitement In Orchard Grand Prix Chess
The second leg of the Orchard Grand Prix Chess
tournament hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess
Foundation attracted 68 junior players from as far
as Point Fortin in the South and Valencia in the
East. The competition was keen as players
sought to increase their points standing in order to
share in the $3,000. cash prize fund donated by
title sponsor Orchard. Prizes will be
awarded at the end of the third and final leg of the
series in December.
Christopher Raphael and Joseph Gill
took top spot in their respective divisions of the
Easter Invitational Tournament which was
held at the National Library in Port of Spain, April
18th to 21st, 2006. Runners up in the 1st division
were Justin Salloum and Esan Wiltshire with 4 points
each and Prithvi Ramakrishnan and Jayson Paul shared
joint 2nd in the 2nd division.
Raphael impresses in Orchard Junior
Chess Grand Prix
Under 14 Champion Christopher Raphael took top
honours in the Under 20 age group section at the
first leg of the Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix
held at Presentation College, San Fernando last
Raphael a form 2
student of St. Mary’s College playing in his first
tournament since winning the National Championship
in February ended the Orchard Grand Prix with a
perfect score of 5 out of 5 to take first place. His
toughest game came in the final round against Keron
Cabralis of Arima Boys’ R.C. School who is also
Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 12 Champion.
Sorzano, Ramakrishnan shine at Spiritual Baptist
Liberation Day Open Chess
15 Year old
Chantal Fitzpatrick, National Ladies Chess Champion
and National under 16 Junior Chess Champion took top
honours at the Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day Open
Junior Chess tournament held on March 30th
at Bishop’s Anstey High School in Port of Spain.
Fitzpatrick, a Form 3
student of Providence Girls’ Secondary School played
unbeaten in this 5 round event drawing one game with
Esan Wiltshire of QRC and defeating her other four
opponents Rafael Guerrero of St. Mary’s College,
Kevin Cupid of Holy Cross College, Kiran Maharaj of
Trinity College East and Jayson Paul of QRC.
Fitzpatrick ended with 4.5 points out of 5. Kevin
Cupid and 10 year old Keron Cabralis trailed
Fitzpatrick in second and third places
Orchard Chess Grand
Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix kicks off on
Saturday at Presentation College, San Fernando at
9:00 a.m. This tournament which is sponsored by
Orchard is the first in a series of three events
that would be held throughout the country to
determine the best junior players in three age
groups – Under 10, Under 14 and Under 20. The second
tournament will be held in July in Port of Spain and
the final in December at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago
Ltd.’s Sports club in Valsayn. Points
from each tournament will be accumulated and used to
determine the overall Grand Prix winners at the end
of the final tournament in December.
Junior Orange Bowl 2005
wish to congratulate all our players who recently
participated in the Junior Orange Bowl International
Scholastic Chess Championships, which was staged at the
Embassy Suites Hotel, Florida December 27 – 29, 2005.
They have done us proud. In the competition that
featured 178 individuals from six countries (Barbados,
Ecuador, Panama, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, USA and Trinidad
and Tobago), Christopher Raphael played unbeaten in the
7 round event.
Chantal is T&T’s new chess queen
- When she learned to
play chess from her father about the age of three, Chantal
Fitzpatrick must have felt she was just learning another
board game. The fascination of chess, however, evbentually
grew upon her to the extent that she became determined to
play it well.
In winning T&T chess crown...Harper scores a double
double -RYAN HARPER
scored a double double in winning the T&T national chess
championship last Saturday. The first double is the fact
that he has now won the title for the second time, having
taken it first in 2002. The second double is the fact that
he has again halted Christo Cave’s remarkable run of 13
victories in the championship contest, having first done so
The stage is set for a new T & T Men and Women Chess
National Chess Championship finals took a dramatic turn on
Sunday when Yogendranath Ramsingh outmaneuvered defending
champion Christo Cave to set up a virtual final between
himself and tournament leader Ryan Harper.
- After four rounds
of national chess finals...Cave, Perryman keep the lead -
Twenty-one-year old Sean Perryman, playing in the national
chess championship finals for the first time, has forged
ahead after four rounds. The former national junior champion
shares the lead with title-holder Christo Cave, both havng
four victories under their belts.
terrible confession -
Mate in Nineteen
ever heard the story of Alexander Alekhine’s terrible
confession? Near the end of his life, Alekhine, lonely and
sick but still world champion, told a friend of the amazing
happenings at the great St Petersburg tournament of 1914.
This is his story.
Cave, Perryman Lead in Trinidad and Tobago
National Mens’ Finals