is set for a new T & T Men and Women Chess Champions
reported in the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper:
The T&T National Chess Championship finals took a dramatic
turn on Sunday when Yogendranath Ramsingh outmaneuvered defending champion
Christo Cave to set up a virtual final between himself and tournament
leader Ryan Harper. Ramsingh’s carefully crafted victory effectively
eclipses Cave’s bid to extend by another his record string of 13 national
titles. It also places Ramsingh half a point behind Harper who is in front
with 8 points after ten rounds.
When he drew level with Harper on 7 points by beating him
in Saturday’s ninth round, the champion kept his chances alive. But while
the younger player moved ahead by crushing Hayden Lee on Sunday, Cave
faltered by going under to the solid play of Ramsingh piloting the white
pieces in a Queen’s pawn game. Late in the opening, Cave gave up his pair
of bishops, exchanging one for a knight, and was never able to achieve any
To secure his third national title, Ramsingh must now
overcome the youthful energy and confidence of Harper in a game that
should be one of the highlights of the tournament. All Harper needs is a
draw to carve his name on the title for a second time.
The top three of the contest, Harper, Ramsingh and Cave
have qualfied to represent T&T at the Olympiad in Turin, Italy, in May
next year. The other three of the six-player team will be chosen on their
performance rating during the year prior to the Olympiad.
The national finals have been sponsored by New India
Assurance Company Ltd and played at the RHAND Credit Union building in
Port-of-Spain. Chief Arbiter is Dr Gregory Boyce assisted by John Raphael
and Geoffrey Marcelle.
Also being played at the same venue is the Women’s National
Open Championship, which has been won by teenager Chantal Fitzpatrick who
has a perfect score of six points in the seven round contest. With the
final round to be played, her lead is unassailable. Behind her on 4.5 each
are defending champion Aditi Soondarsingh and Jayne Kennedy.
Article by Carl Jacobs
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