chessist wins St Mary’s contest
Newsday -Wednesday, May 20 2009
JUSTIN LABASTIDE scored his
first victory on Saturday following his win in the National
Championship held earlier this month. Labastide took honours in the
under 1400 rating division of the Chess Foundation sponsored Junior
Open held at St Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain.
The competition which attracted 68
primary and secondary school students from across the county was the
third in a series of five monthly events and was hosted to prepare
young players for the up-coming Caribbean Chess Carnival, an
International tournament schedule for August 4 to 9 at the Queen’s
Labastide, TT’s Under-8 Chess
Cham-pion was unfazed by his more experienced secondary school
opponents and his success is proof that a person’s age and physical
appearance has no impact on the sport of chess says Edison Raphael,
President of the Chess Foundation.
Labastide, tied his main rival
Jonathan Wilson on four points but edged his opponent to win the
category when the tie-break system was applied. Holistic Primary
School’s Labastide lost in the final round to the improving Jonathan
Wilson of St Mary’s College but Wilson had to settle for second
followed by Daniel Bhola who ended the competition with 3.5 points.
In the under 1200 rated section,
Jeremy Ammon of Maria Regina Grade School played unbeaten only
dropping half point in round 5 to his main rival Darron Bristol to
take the top spot with 6.5 point.
In second place was Darron Bristol
of Trinity College, Moka followed by Justin Singh of Hillview
In the under 1800 rated division,
Jarryon Paul of St Mary’s College won followed by Melissa Pereira of
Bishop Anstey East and Garth Williams of Queen’s Royal College.
In the over 1800 rated category, St
Mary’s College dominated in taking the top three spots with top
hounors going to Keron Cabralis followed by Christopher Raphael and
Rafael Guerrero. Raphael and Guerrero are taking time off from their
examination preparation studies to participate in support of their
college hosting of this event.
The event was hosted by St Mary’s
Chess Club as the college seeks to revitalise its prominence in