took top honours in the Under 20 age group section at the
first leg of the Orchard Junior Chess Grand Prix held at
Presentation College, San Fernando last Saturday 26th May
Kiran Maharaj – Winner Orchard Grand Prix Under 20
Maharaj a form 4 student of
Trinity College (East) ended the Orchard Grand Prix with a
perfect score of 5 out of 5 to take first place. His
toughest game came in the third round against Esan Wiltshire
of the Queen’s Royal College who is also Trinidad and
Tobago’s Under-18 Champion. In a tense duel that went down
to a rook and pawn endgame, Maharaj recovered from a pawn
deficit but missed an opportunity to take a decisive
advantage. In desparate time trouble however, Wiltshire made
a decision to advance his passed queen pawn up the board
towards the queening square. Maharaj countered, forcing an
exchange of rooks, and blockading the pawn with his king to
thwart Wiltshire’s ambitions. The game ended when Maharaj’s
opponent ran out of time. Wiltshire and Kevin Cupid placed
second and third with 4 and 3 points respectively.
In the Under 14 section Keron Cabralis, National Under-12
Champion who attends Arima Boys’ R. C. School, emerged
winner from a field of 33 players. He won all of his games,
ending with a perfect score of 5 points to take the top
spot. Cabralis’s strongest challenge came in the final round
from Rafael Guerrero of St. Mary’s College. Guerrero who is
also National Under-14 Champion had to settle for second
with 4 points with Prithvi Ramakrishnan of the International
School of Port of Spain (last year’s winner of the event) in
third place also with 4 points.
Cabralis – Winner Orchard Grand Prix Under 14 Section
National Under-10 Champion
Ronnie Nelson scored six out of a possible seven points and
finished ahead of 24 players to take the top spot in the
Under-10 age group.
Nelson – Winner Orchard Grand Prix Under 10 Section
Ronnie, a pupil of Arima
Boys’ R.C. School lost his 4th game to defending champion
Prasanna Ramakrishnan of Dunross Junior School. Prasanna
came in second with 5.5 points and narrowly missed out on
winning the tournament for a second time when he stalemated
his final round opponent while in a winning position.
Jonathan Chong of Holy Name Preparatory School also scored
5.5 points and finished third. He defeated Prasanna in round
5 to take sole possession of the lead, but was overtaken
when he lost to Ronnie in the final round.
Participants at the Orchard Grand Prix in San Fernando
The tournament, sponsored
by Orchard was the first in a series of three events that
would be held throughout the country in support of the
Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation’s Chess training
initiatives in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Curepe and Arima.
This is the second year that Orchard is supporting this
event which has given young chessplayers invaluable
opportunities to develop their chess-playing skills, learn
important life skills and have fun at the same time.