Frank Yee scores De Verteuil double
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
maintaining the championship of this popular annual tournament, Yee
confirms the place he has long held among the country's leading
chess players. On the way, he has had to overcome such formidable
opponents as former national champion FM Christo Cave, Marcus
Joseph, Keron Cabralis and Rohan Heerah.
tournament, sponsored by RHAND Credit Union and played at its
Abercromby Street building, attracted a total of 41 players, mixing
a number of enthusiastic youngsters with a group of notable seniors.
employed at UWI as Computer Network Administrator, started playing
chess while at Holy Cross College. He gained his FM title at the
2004 Sub Zonal in Equador and expects to be representing T&T at the
Mind Games in Beijing, China, starting this week - that is, if
last-minute complications about China's funding of the event are
resolved in time. Among the highlights of Yee's impressive career
are performances at several overseas events - three Olympiads in
Russia, Istanbul and Mallorca, Spain; three other Sub Zonals in
Venezuela and open tournaments in Suriname, Curacao and Barbados.
2000, he has been a consistent qualifier for the national
championship finals but the closest he has ever come to winning the
title was third place. At 38, Yee believes he still has a lot of
chess to play and keeps in form by entering most open tournaments at
home and using opportunities on the Internet.
Although former national champion Cave has won the Memorial three
times, Yee is the first to win the title twice on succession.
tournament's prize giving function will be held at RHAND on Thursday
October 16 starting at 7.30 pm and will include an open rapid play
tournament. Yee and Singh, sharing the first and second prizes, will
collect $1100 each. Christo Cave and Marcus Joseph, finishing on
five and a half points each, will share third and fourth prizes,
collecting $400 each; Marcus Cobham, Rohan Heerah and Hayden Lee who
scored five points will share fifth and sixth prizes, getting $75
Best Junior prize of $300 will be split between Keron Cabralis
and Jason Paul who finished on four and a half points each. Carl
Jacobs, who scored four points, will receive $200 for the best
Under 1700 Elo performance. Gabriella Johnson, on three,
collects $200 as the Best Female while Brian Leemoon, on three
and a half, earns $200 for the Best unrated.
Newspaper - Wednesday 8th, October 2008