Local Players shines in US chess

Runner-up Rafael Guerrero of T&T, right, and winner Mitchell Powell of the United
States are seen with their trophies for being triumphant in the Dallas Championships.

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.

Jardel, Maia and Justin at Junior Orange Bowl

At the Junior Orange Bowl Championships, which took place at the Embassy Suites, Miami, the Chess Foundation team of Maia and Justin Labastide and Jordel Harry gained the team prize for fifth place. Seven year old Justin took the eighth place in the individual category.