Chess battles return to the Sister Isle

Vishnu Singh concentrates on his next move in his game against Joshua Johnson
National Junior Chess champion Vishnu Singh emerged victorious at the tenth Indian Arrival Day Junior Chess Open tournament. Singh was one of 103 participants who chose to engage in the tourney which was staged at Presentation College, Chaguanas, on the Indian Arrival holiday last week.

Cash prizes and trophies for the top three players in each section were up for grabs. Singh, of Presentation College, Chaguanas, copped the Under-20 division, accumulating 4.5 points from five rounds. Fatima College's Joshua Johnson, another of this country's top juniors, came in second with four points, followed in third by Mahendra Singh (Vishnu's brother) also from Presentation College, Chaguanas, with 3.5 points while Isaiah Mc Intosh of Presentation College, San Fernando, checked in fourth with three points.

Gabriella contemplates her next move.

In the Under-14 category, Gabriella Johnson and Shannon Yearwood of St. Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain, ended the five-round contest on 4.5 points each. Following the implementation of the tie-break system, Johnson was declared winner with Yearwood placing second. Third-place went to Rishon Ramlogan of Hillview College on four points followed by Della-Marie Walcott (fourth) with three points.

Sean Yearwood

Sean Yearwood of Trinity Junior School took the top spot in the Under-12 category with a perfect score of five points from five games. Matthew Inkim of St. Andrew's School came in second, edging Frederick Ali of Grant Memorial's Presbyterian School in a tie-breaker, both having initially finished with the same score. Ethan Mohammed of Grant Memorial took the fourth spot.

Diego Fournillier

The Novices division turned out to be the largest, attracting 49 participants, and it was Diego Fournillier, of Belmont Boys' Secondary, who came out on top. Fournillier and Jennika Lynch of St. Mary's Mucurapo Girls' RC ended the seven-round competition with six points each. Fournillier, however, edged out Lynch on a tie break. The pair was followed by Kiran Ragbir (Presentation College, Chaguanas) in third place with 5.5 points and Mikael Joachim of Grant Memorial fourth on five points.