SAM AVEY wins First Flight Chess
Avey, 9 year-old Dunross Co-operative Society School student, has
joined the coterie of leading junior chess players by his impressive
victory in an Invitational tournament which ended on Sunday at the
National Library in Port of Spain.
Sam Avey at play
Forty-two players accepted the Chess Foundationís invitation to ring
in 2009 with the second edition of the First Flight Air Ambulance
sponsored Chess Classic which ran from January 2nd to 4th, as the T
& T Chess Foundation kicked off the first event on its Chess
calendar for 2009.
tournament which consisted of six rating divisions ushered in use of
the Chess Foundationís new rating system as a method for calculating
the relative skill levels of players in tournaments.
playing in division one for players rated 1280 and under, finished
the seven-round Round-robin with a perfect score of seven out of
seven points, heading a field of 8 players. Aveyís rise to the top
was relatively rapid. Although he was taught to play by his father,
he only began competing in tournaments a year ago. But Samís talent
and promise were obvious from his performance in the recently
concluded Orchard Grand Prix which earned him an invitation to
compete in the First Flight Chess Classic according to Edison
Raphael, President of the Chess Foundation. Maria Gallemaso and
Keanu Seecharan of Holy Name Preparatory school trailed Avey on 6
and 4 points respectively to take second and third spots.
Cabralis, National Junior Champion, also give an impressive
performance in division 6 for players rated 2100 and under. Eight
players took part in this division including three former National
Junior Champions: Sean Perryman, Allan Munro and Marcus Joseph.
Cabralis of St. Maryís college played unbeaten to finish with 6.5
points. He was held to a draw by his school mate Christopher Raphael
who placed second with 4.5 points. Allan Munro, Sean Perryman and
Marcus Joseph tied for the third place with 4 points each.
Keron Cabralis receiving his trophy from FIDE Master Ryan Harper
division 5 for rated players 1857 and under Kevin Cupid of Holy
Cross College won with 5 points followed by Rafael Guerrero of St.
Maryís College with 4 points and Garth Williams of QRC in third with
3.5 points. Seven players took part in this division.
Kevin Cupid receiving his trophy and cash prize from Chantal
Fitzpatrick former National Womenís Champion.
division 4 for players rated 1523 under, Jarryon Paul of St. Maryís
College took top honours with 5 points followed by Mahendra Singh of
Montrose Government Primary school on 4.5 points and Joshua Johnson
of Maria Regina Grade School third with 3.5 points. Seven players
took part in this section. In division 3 for players rated under
1400, Tanal Janwani of Presentation College Chaguanas played
unbeaten to top the field of eight players on 5.5 points. He was
followed by Rishon Ramlogan of Curepe Presbyterian Primary School on
4.5 points and Christian Ammon of Maria Regina Grade School third on
4 points. Below: Tanal Janwani receives his Trophy and Cash
Sumir Janwani receiving his Trophy and Cash prize
division 2 for players rated 1100 and under, Sumir Janwani headed
the field of eight players to win with 5 points. Runners up in
second and third places were Ami Alexis of Holy Name Preparatory
school and Andre Sims of Maria Regina Grade with 4.5 and 4 points