Martin Siblings Shine In RHAND Tournament


Athena Martin
Winner of the Under 10 division Athena Martin (right) receives her winning trophy from RHAND'S Marketing and Member Relations Officer Jayelle Baptiste.

Athena Martin and her elder brother Mikel emerged as champions in their divisions at the RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge held at the Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School, Sangster's Hill, Scarborough on the weekend. After six rounds of play on Saturday and Sunday, Athena remained unbeaten, winning all her matches in the Under-10 section, beating Chaya Johnson, Zevanne Blaize and Shakonia Meade on Saturday before getting past Ronaldo Romany, Rayden Rampersad and Jaedon Maharaj-Ali on Sunday to amass six points. Martin was well ahead of Romany and Johnson who both scored four points from four wins and two losses. Romany took second ahead of Johnson who placed third following the tie-breaker. The Under-10 category featured nine players.


Mikel Martin
First place in the under 14 division Mikel Martin (right) with his winning trophy presented by RHAND's Programme Coordinator Heather Bobb at the closing ceremony

Mikel Martin took the under 14 division, scoring 5.5 points out of a total of 6.0 to beat national girls Under-14 champion Gabriella Johnson (5.0) and Shannon Yearwood (4.0). Mikel had wins over Yearwood, Yash Stanton and Collette Squire on the first day of the tournament before getting the better of Gabreilla Johnson and Rishon Ramlogan in the fourth and fifth rounds. However, in the final game he could not get past Jeremy Ammon and had to settle for a draw.


Joshua Johnson
Champion in the Under 20 division Joshua Johnson (right) collects his first place trophy from RHAND-Branch manager Tobago, James Baptiste (left) at the closing ceremony of the RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge held at the Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School.

Gabriella's elder brother and this year's national Olympiad team member, Joshua Johnson secured the 13 man contest in the Under-20 division scoring a total of 6.0 points after six rounds. The Fatima College student whipped Trevawn Sandy, Christian Ammon, Simon Ramdath, Evon Clarke, Kofi Melville and Aaron Floyd to take the top prize. Ramdath edged out Ammon on tie-break to finish in the runner-up spot with 4.5. Darion Nelson was the top placed Tobagonian finishing fourth.


Sean Yearwood

Sean Yearwood (right) winner of the under 12 division accepts his top prize from RHAND's Marketing and Member Relations Officer Kerisia Henry at the closing ceremony of the RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge held at the Pentecostal Light & Life Foundation High School.

Sean Yearwood landed the Under-12 title with a perfect 6.0 points from six games.


Lyam Mapp

Lyam Mapp (right) winner of the Novice division is presented with his first prize by RHAND's Marketing and Member Relations officer Kerisia Henry (left)

Among the Novices, Lyam Mapp played unbeaten, ending the contest with a full six points from six games to take the top spot ahead of Samori Phillip (five points) and six-year-old Gabriel John (4 points). Sixty-one players completed in the tournament which was hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation.


Darrion Nelson

Darrion Nelson (right) was the top place Tobago player finishing fourth in the Under 20 division of the RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge held at the Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School, Sangster's Hill on July 5 and 6. Nelson receives his fourth place trophy from RHAND-Branch manager Tobago, James Baptiste (left).


Winners
Prize winners at the RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge held at the Pentecostal Light and Life Foundation High School, Sangster's Hill on July 5 and 6.