Local Chessists Sweep CMMB Contest  

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T & T’s National Junior Champion, Marcus Joseph, together with FIDE rated Allan Munro and local rising star Justin Salloum share joint first place in the Under 20 category of the CMMB Caribbean Junior Chess Championships. The Championships, a seven-round Swiss organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation commenced on Tuesday 1st August at Bishop Anstey High School in Port of Spain, attracted 87 players from Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago who contested in three age categories for more than $10,000 in cash prizes and trophies.

The three top local chessists concluded the seven (7) round event with 5.5 points, earning $1,300.00 each. Shardul Paricharah of Curacao, Shamel Howard of Barbados and Brandon Wilson of Jamaica trailed the T & T players with 5 points each to share 4th – 5th places. Chantal Fitzpatrick, National Under 16 Junior Champion took the award for the top Under 16 female player, while Avikaar Malgie of Suriname seized the award for best Under 16 male. 

In the Under 14 division, T & T ‘s National Under 14 Junior Champion Christopher Raphael played unbeaten, ending the 7 game tournament with 6 points. Raphael had to settle for draws in his encounters in games 6 and 7 against Barbadian Alex Jackman and his local counterpart Rafael Guerrero who ended the event in second and third places respectively. Special prizes for the best Under 12 player male and female were awarded to Prithvi Ramakrishnan and Yanna Lopez.  

T & T‘s Jarryon Paul edged out Omari Teka of Barbados by half point to win the Under 10 section with 6.5 points. Teka trailed with 6 points to take 2nd spot. Rosangela Dos Ramos of Suriname ended with 5 points in third place followed by T & T’s Prasanna Ramakrishnan and Xavier Mansour of Barbados with 4.5 points in 4th and 5th places respectively.  

Robert Mayers, Managing Director of CMMB Securities Limited and Sunita Maharaj representatives from tournament sponsor CMMB, were on hand to address the audience and present prizes at the tournament’s prizegiving ceremony held on Friday 4th August at Bishop’s Anstey High School.

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