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.
9 year old Maria Regina Grade School’s Ammon who won the under 1200 rated
section at last month’s competition repeated his performance on Saturday in the
higher under 1400 rated section winning with 3.5 points out of a possible 5.
Jonathan Paul of Diamond Vale Government Primary School trailed Ammon with 3
points picking up second place while Ammon’s school mate, Andre Sims had to
settle for the third spot following the application of the tie-break system
between Paul and himself.
The battle was much tougher in the under 1600 rated section as three current
national junior champions were among 12 players competing for top honours.
Joshua Johnson, Trinidad and Tobago’s recently crowned National under 10
champion emerged as winner of the 5 round competition, playing unbeaten. In
second and third places were Christian Ammon and Justin Labastide, National
under 12 and under 8 champion respectively.
In the under 1200 rated
section, Reggie Jawahir won the 7 round competition followed by Dillon
Kalicharan and Shabil Adbaladil in second and third place with 6 and 5 points
The over 1800 rated
section saw the return of some of the country’s top players who were out of
competition chess due to CXC and CAPE examination preparations over the last
year. This included players like Justin Salloum of St. Joseph’s Convent (POS),
Kevin Cupid of Holy Cross College, Brandon Forde of Fatima College, Rafael
Guerrero and Christopher Raphael of St. Mary’s College. The 6 man round robin
competition ended with Brandon Forde taking first place followed by Justin
Salloum in second. Third was Kevin Cupid, the 2009 National under 18 junior
Receiving Special prizes
were Maia Labastide for best female player and 5 year old Michael Taleb, the
youngest participant in the tournament.
Group shot of the Prize winners
Holy Faith Convent Couva team for the PowerGen
Joshua Johnson, National under 10 Junior Champion
with his parents and sisters
5 year old Michael Taleb being congratulated by
his mother for his special prize, the best performance - youngest play