The Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix kicks off on Saturday at Presentation College, San Fernando at 9:00 a.m. This tournament which is sponsored by Orchard is the first in a series of three events that would be held throughout the country to determine the best junior players in three age groups – Under 10, Under 14 and Under 20. The second tournament will be held in July in Port of Spain and the final in December at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.’s Sports club in Valsayn.   Points from each tournament will be accumulated and used to determine the overall Grand Prix winners at the end of the final tournament in December.


A cash prize fund of $3,000.00 is at stake, along with special prizes for Best Female player in each section and Best Male and Female players under the ages of 12 and 8.  The first three places in each section will receive the following cash prizes: 


Under 20

Under 14

Under 10

1st $800.00

1st $500.00

1st $300.00

2nd $400.00

2nd $300.00

2nd $200.00

3rd $200.00

3rd $200.00

3rd $100.00


Prizes will also be awarded to winners of each leg of the tournament and attractive giveaways will be given to each participant.   


Edison Raphael, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation shared the news that top performing Juniors Chantal Fitzpatrick - National Ladies and Under 16 Junior Champion, Keron Cabralis – National Under 12 Champion and Christopher Raphael – National Under 14 Champion will be participating.  As well, rising stars Sterling Ramroach and Kerry Singh of Presentation College, San Fernando and Ananya Annamunthodo of St. Joseph Convent San Fernando are expected to participate.  He said “the Foundation is thrilled to have secured the interest of Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. as official sponsor of the tournament via its Orchard brand.   

Orchard’s contribution supports the Chess Foundation’s efforts in promoting and encouraging young people throughout the country to adopt the sport of Chess as a means of developing their critical thinking skills”. 

Interested players can register for the tournament on Saturday, upon arrival at Presentation College or call Edison at 678-0132 for further details.