Exciting end to Caribbean Chess Carnival

Cabralis takes Caribbean Chess title
Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday report by Renaldo Matadeen Sunday, August 7 2011

Back Row: from left- Officials from First Citizens Asset Management Kurt Valley, Judy Oxley-Fullerton, Amol Golikeri and Edison Raphael TTCF President
Front Row: left Junior winners Savio Fournillier, Della Marie Walcott, Mikel Martin, Orlando Husbands, FM Keron Cabralis and Dr. Amery Browne.

Sixteen-year-old Keron Cabralis, Trinidad and Tobago's FIDE (World Chess Federation) Master, finished unbeaten en route to winning the Under-20 Category and the top-prize of $2,400 at the 2011 Caribbean Chess Carnival tournament.

The event, held at Queen's Royal College (QRC) from August 2-5, saw a close finish in the seven-round Swiss competition as Cabralis finished on five points, a half-point ahead of runner-up, 12-year-old Barbadian, Yu Tien Poon. Trinidadians Vishnu Singh, Joseph Gill and Surinamese, Calvin Tjong Tjin Joe, ended on four points. View big pictorial report.

The Under-14 category, contested by 22 youngsters, was won by Barbadian, Orlando Husbands, as he played unbeaten, drawing in rounds five and seven against Trinidadian, Christian Ammon, and fellow Bajan, Allon Richards, respectively. TT's Joshua Johnson finished second with Ammon, Mahendra Singh and Richards rounding out the top five.

The Under-10 field, constituting 15 local players, was won by Della Marie Walcott, who edged out Mikel Martin in a tie-breaker, after both ended on six points. The success was one of the highlights of the tournament as Walcott was the only female to nab a top spot at the competition. Justine Labastide, Jean-Marc Granderson and Andria Joseph finished in the next three places.

The newly-introduced Novices category, closed to local players, saw Savio Fourniller unbeaten in the 29-member field, topping the division with a perfect score of seven. Rishab Kushwaha finished second, with Joshua Walcott, Christopher Bolandz and Athena Martin, ending third to fifth, respectively.

The annual contest was organised by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation with sponsorship provided by First Citizens Asset Management Limited.

The overall field comprised 81 players with players from Barbados and Suriname challenging the local talent. Member of Parliament, Dr Amery Browne, a Chess enthusiast and QRC alumni, and First Citizens Asset Management Limited representatives in General Manager, Kurt Valley, Corporate Manager, Amol Golikeri, and Manager of Marketing and Sales, Judy Oxley-Fullerton, oversaw the conclusion of the tournament's final round as well as the prize-giving ceremony. Dr. Browne also offered advice to the tournament's participants. View final standings.