GIRLS EMERGE IN
ORCHARD GRAND PRIX
TWO juniors, 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.
In the Under 14 group, contested by
30 players, an interesting struggle has developed between Vishnu
Singh of Presentation College, Chaguanas, and Prithvi Ramakrishnan
of the International School who are both on eight and a half points.
The field of 24 Under 8 players is led by Rishon Ramlogan of Curepe
Presbyterian Primary with 12. points.
The Orchard Grand Prix is a
three-event tournament organised by the T&T Chess Foundation and
sponsored by Nestle. The purpose, according to president Edison
Raphael, is to provide opportunities for junior players to compete,
to test their skills against their peers. The overall Grand Prix
winners will be determined by the accumulation of points after the
three separate contests. The final event will be held on Saturday
November 22 at the same venue.
Last Saturday's second contest
attracted a total of 102 juniors of whom 24 were girls. Two girls,
in fact, were outstanding as they both finished with perfect scores;
Melissa Pereira of Bishop's East who topped the 38 players in her
division with five points and Mario Gallemaso of Holy Name
Preparatory who scored seven to lead the Under 8 section of 23
Behind Raphael in the Under 20
group Esan Wiltshire was second with four and Rafael Guerrero third
with three. The Under 14 section was keenly contested with seven
players finishing on four. Behind Pereira, Vishnu Singh took second
while Jarryon Paul of St Mary's secured third place by winning a
play-off. The other four pointers were Prithvi Ramakrishnan, Ravi
Ragoo, Joshua Maraj, Enzo Kinsiona and Yanna Lopez.
The Under 10 category saw Jonathan
Paul of Diego Martin Government Primary placing second to Mahendra
Singh with six points and Luth Gallemaso third with 5 points. Daniel
Bhola also finished on five. Among the Under 8s, Rishon Ramlogan of
Curepe Presbyterian was second with six, Scott Hackshaw of Dunross
third with five. Jean-Marc Granderson finished on four and a half
while six players scored four, Ryal Taleb, Gabriella Johnson, Justin
Labastide, Ami Alexis, Xavier Joseph and Nicolai Nunez.
Caption for the Photo:
WINNERS of the second leg of the
Orchard Junior Grand Prix. Back row from Left: Jonathon Paul,
Jarryon Paul,Melissa Pereira, Rafael Guerrero,Christopher Raphael,
Esan Wiltshire, Edison Raphael, T&TCA president, Vishnu Singh,
Mahendra Singh. Front row from the left: Scott Hackshaw, Luth
Gallemaso and Maria Gallemaso.