I wish to congratulate all our players who
recently participated in the Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic
Chess Championships, which was staged at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Florida
December 27 – 29, 2005. They have done us proud.
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In the competition that featured 178
individuals from six countries (Barbados, Ecuador, Panama, Puerto Rico,
Jamaica, USA and Trinidad and Tobago), Christopher Raphael played unbeaten
in the 7 round event.
Front row: left to right, Hakim
Buchanan (3rd), Christopher Raphael (1st), & Stuart
Christopher won the 12 and Under section with
5.5 points edging out Jamaicans Stuart James and Hakim Buchanan as well as
Sam Silberman of the USA who ended with 5.5 points into second, third and
fourth place respectively. Christopher won with the application of the
In the 9 and Under section Keron Cabralis who
won this event in 2004 played unbeaten to win the top spot with a perfect
score of 7 out of 7 games successfully defending his hold on the 9 and Under
Front row: left to right, Keron
Cabralis (1st), Laura Cordovi (2nd) & Maria Fernandez
Runners up Laura Cordovi of the USA and Maria
Fernandez Diaz of Ecuador trailed Cabralis with 6 points and 5.5 points to
take second and third places respectively.
In the 15 and under section Justin Salloum and
our National Ladies champion Chantal Fitzpatrick ended in 3rd and
4th places respective.
left to right: Chantal Fitzpatrick,
Kiran Maharaj (centre) & Justin Salloum receives 1st place Team
In the team events: our 15 and Under team
(Justin Salloum, Kiran Maharaj and Chantal Fitzpatrick) earned top spot
while our 9 and Under team (Keron Cabralis, Prasanna Ramakrishnan and Ronnie
Nelson placed 2nd in their division.
Keron Cabralis, Ronnie Nelson (Centre)
& Prasanna Ramakrishnan receives 2nd place trophy