Youngsters prepare for Chess Carnival

Winners with their trophies and cash prizes.

St Mary’s College student Jarryon Paul scored 4.5 points from five rounds to win the Under 1800 section of the open junior tournament organised by the T&T Chess Foundation at St Augustine Girls High School last Saturday.

The tournament attracted a total of 80 youngsters from various parts of the country and was the first of the monthly contests intended to prepare juniors for the Foundation’s Caribbean Chess Carnival which comes off at the Queen’s Park Oval in August.

In the Under 1000 category, Jonathan Miller, nephew of the chess-playing Fortune brothers, Angelo and David, won from a field of 18 players, scoring 6 out of 7 points. The tie-breaker, however, had to separate him and Rayhan Stephenson and Jade Noreiga who also finished on six points.

Results in other categories

Under 1600:
1) Kristeph Cassimire 4;
2) Omari Waldron 3.5;
3) Joshua Johnson 3.

Under 1400:
1) Scott Hackshaw 3;
2) Ami Alexis 3; Justin Labastide 2.

Under 1200:
1) Matthew Chong Sing 7; Brandon Bahadoor 6; Gabriella Johnson 5.