Chess battles return to the Sister Isle

BIG ON CHESS: : Martin Minguel, president of Rhand Credit Union, makes the first move at the launching of Rhand's Scholastic Chess Challenge in 2013. Looking on is Assemblyman Huey Cadette, Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, third from right, along with with Secondary school students attending the ceremony.

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.

The tournament, aimed at reviving the sport on the sister isle, in support of the RHAND's Chess-in-Schools programme, will take place at the Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School in Scarborough.

The event will be a six-round Swiss tournament and is open to all under 20 years of age. A cash prize fund valued $18,000 will be paid to the top five finishers in each of the five categories: Novices, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 20. Trophies will be awarded to the top ten places in each category.

Edison Raphael, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation, encourages junior chess players to note the event's dates and to make "moves" in preparation for the competition.

Interested persons can register at the Foundation's website: