four rounds of national chess finals...Cave, Perryman keep the lead
Twenty-one-year old Sean Perryman, playing in the national chess
championship finals for the first time, has forged ahead after four
rounds. The former national junior champion shares the lead with
title-holder Christo Cave, both havng four victories under their belts.
performance so far is noteworthy since he is not only a first-timer in
this elite company but he is also the youngest of the eleven qalifiers.
The eleven-round contest still has some distance to go so it would be
foolha rdy to make any positive predictions, but Perryman has unexpectedly
emerged as one of the favourites, having beaten veteran Cecil Lee and
three Fide masters, Frank Yee, Michael Pouchet and Mario Merritt.
Cave has enjoyed a bit of luck but it is no surprise that the 13-time
titleholder is also leading the pack. So far, Cave has disposed of
new-comer David Christopher, Cecil Lee, Frank Yee and Michael Pouchet.
easy stri,king distance, however, are two former national champions,
Yogendranath Ramsingh and Ryan Harper, both on three points.
contest, therefore, has entered a fascinating stage. Should Cave or
Perryman slip, they could find themselves either overtaken or bunching in
the home stretch with these two ex-champions, or other rising players. An
exciting finish might be in store.
tactical player, Perryman is one of the bright young stars on T&Tís chess
horizon. His progress has been steady since he was taught to play the game
at age nine by his Belmont neighbour Fiona Salandy.
still at school, he began to hone his chess skills among the Promenadeís
experienced blitz players and later he became active members of the
Checkmaters and Palladins Chess Clubs. His love for the game first paid
off in 1998 when he won the national junior title, repeating the
performance three times afterwards.
Perrymanís career took another leap when he outclassed the competition at
the Barbados Open Under-20 tournament. Now he has come under the
professional coaching of Cuban IM Humberto Pecorelli who is attached to
the T&T Chess Federation, and with this engouragement the youngster is
hunting for higher honours.
finals, organised and run by the T&T Chess Association, are being played
at the RHAND Credit Union building on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain on
Saturday and Sunday, starting at 4pm. Looking on at these duels over the
chessboard and recalling previous finals, one is struck by a need that is
not being satisfied, that is the poduction of a record of these top-class
games, a tournament book if you will, for the benefit of the chess
community as a whole. Surely all serious chess players would pay a small
fee to have such a record
number of games hold great interest, most notably some played by champion
Cave whose end-game skill has been finely demonstrated in these
encounters, providing useful lessons for all players, particularly our
group of enthusiastic juniors.
Article by Carl Jacobs
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