Chess Carnival opens at NAPA Port of Spain
Over 75 players vie for top honours in the 12th edition of Caribbean Chess Carnival which got off to an exciting start today at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain. The annual contest sponsored by First Citizens Asset Management Limited and organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation has attracted participants from Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, and Suriname.
In her address at the opening of the tournament, Ms. Gillian Benjamin, Manager of Strategic Marketing and Sales at First Citizens Asset Management Limited acknowledged that her company has strengthened its association with the local chess community by sponsoring this year’s Caribbean Chess Carnival for the fourth time. Ms. Benjamin highlighted that the critical thinking and analysis skills developed through Chess are applicable to everyday life situations and challenges. She also stressed that the company is pleased to invest in the youth of the region through this initiative.
Trinidad and Tobago’s top seed player Vishnu Singh, who is a candidate Chess Master, came out of the first round victorious against fellow country-man, Simon Ramdath. The top ranked player in the under 12 category, Sean Yearwood won his first game against Jennika Lynch, both Trinidad and Tobago nationals competing for coveted title of top under 12 Caribbean player.
The 7-round Swiss-style tournament ran for three days at the NAPA, Port of Spain from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. daily. The competition concluded August 9th, when trophies were presented to the first ten placed finishers and a total prize fund of $18,000 was distributed to the first five winners, across all five categories: Novices, Under-10, Under12, Under-14 and Under 20.