Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 10th 2016 Contents CARL JACOBS
The national chess community can be
proud of the trouble-free running of the two
memorial chess tournaments which marked
the 80th anniversary of the sport in T&T.
Indeed, the contests which attracted many
masters from different parts of the world gen-
erated both a spirit of amity and an affection
for the twin-island nation that may well last
The event, held at Hotel Normandie in St
Anns, last week, was such a success, in fact,
that several visiting players inquired whether
it would become an annual affair as they would
be quite happy to return following last Friday s
A very proud T&TCA president Sonja John-
son answered in the positive, declaring that
the two historic simultaneous tournaments,
International Masters and Open, will now
become an annual event.
As DR sees it, the implications of such a
decision could mean a tremendous boost for
the sport, attracting a cadre of masters from
different parts of the globe who would make
T&T an international centre for the game and,
at the same time, serve to boost the skills and
standards of local and regional players.
One of the participants making this query
was 30-year-old German GM Ilja Zaragatski
who tied with Iranian GM Elshan Moradiabadi
for first place in the T&T International Masters
contest which drew a total of 22 players.
Both combatants scored seven points in the
nine round contest, a full point ahead of third
placed IM Pablo Salinas Herrera of Chile.
Zaratgaski who spent five days in Tobago before
the tournament began was charmed both by
the island s landscape and friendliness of its
people. "I love the beautiful beaches and the
fact that everyone in Tobago knows everyone
else," he told DR with a smile.
The German GM was taught the game by
his father and, as a youngster, he played for
the team Boghum 31, eventually winning the
German Junior Championship four times. He
claims as his greatest achievement becoming
Germany s Under-18 champion. He gained
the GM title in 2007 after notching up three
Moradiabi who was the champion of Iran
in 2001 represented his country in five
Olympiads between 2004 to 2014. He also
won a number of tournaments in the US and
Europe. Paralell with his playing, he worked
as a chess journalist and coach.
Taking fourth place in the IM contest was
Jose Rapael Gascon Del Nogal also on six
points, followed by Indian GM Sriram Jha half
a point behind.
Seven-time national champion Ryan Harper
finished in sixth place with five points, heading
a group of other five pointers: IM Ariel Marichel
Gonzalez of Venezuela, WGM Sabrina-Franch-
esca Foisor of the USA, IM Juan Amando Rohn
Montes of Venezuela and IM Jose Luis Vilela
de Acuna of Cuba. Nine T&T players finished
in the second half of the results together with
an FM from Suriname, an IM from the Nether-
lands and a WIM from England.
Twenty-five year old CM Esan Wiltshire,
a final year student of economics at the Uni-
versity of Southern Caribbean, has joined the
country s elite class of players by his decisive
win in the International Open tournament.
Wiltshire scored seven and a half points to
top the field of 72 players in the nine round
event, the largest chess tournament in T&T
Also finishing on seven and a half was Isaiah
McIntosh, a talented youngster whose rise to
the top may now be seen as meteoric.
Veteran Kishore Ramadhar, placing third,
has made an impressive return to the sport
after an absence of several years. His surprise
is that he has apparently not lost any of the
skill that once made him a consistent front
Schoolboy Mikel Martin has assumed the
role of giant-killer in this event as he "slaugh-
tered" Venezuelan IM Jesus Chirinos Cabera.
The youngster, finishing 13th on five and a
half, also held to a draw another Venezuelan
IM, Anibal Gonzalez Gamboa, who placed
fourth on seven points.
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USA blasts Soca Princesses 22-zip
T&T s under 15 girls football
team received a baptism of fire in
their opening CONCACAF Under-
15 Championship match against
the United States yesterday, suc-
cumbing to a demoralising 22-0
defeat at the ESPN Wide World of
Sports Arena in Disney, Orlando.
The team coached by veteran
women s coach Marlon Charles
failed to find their defensive boots
in the encounter, as it rained goals
on goalkeeper Aaliyah Alexander
under sunny conditions in Florida.
After the match Charles said the
match was a gruelling one for this
players but one which he believes
will serve them well in the future.
"We lost very badly today but it
was a great experience for the young
girls," Charles noted.
According to Charles: "It was a
very difficult game for them in all
"Our players looked scared in the
early stages of the match and speed
of play was the main component
which affected our team. But the
learning process has begun for these
players in this tournament.
The players, in spite of the loss,
are in good spirits which is impor-
tant for the remainder of the tour-
nament as they understand that the
game is about exposure and play-
The Soca Princesses will next
face the Dominican Republic in their
second match today from 11 am
with hope that they will rebound
from their earlier disaster.
The T&T starting team comprised
Aaliyah Alexander (GK), Tianna
Daniel, Roshun Williams, Kady
Adams, Chrissy Mitchell, Natifah
Hackshaw, Afiyah Cornwall (cap-
tain), Aaliyah Prince, Tyanna
Williams, Maria-Frances Serrant
and Annika Daniel.
Meanwhile, in the other group,
Concacaf giants Mexico defeated
Haiti 2-0, while Costa Rica edged
Jamaica 2-1. In another match Puer-
to Rico defeated St Lucia 4-1 and
Canada crushed Venezuela 6-0.
Biche, Unity clash for Courts T20 Final spot
Biche Sports Club will be playing
the biggest match of their history
when they come up against Unity
in the semi-finals of the 2016 courts
Inter-Club T20 cricket competition
tomorrow at the National Cricket
Centre, Balmain, Couva, starting
The match was originally sched-
uled for last Saturday but heavy rain
forced its postponement. The other
semi-final between BFL Sports and
Curepe Sports is still to be confirmed
for either Friday or Saturday.
Runners-up to Killdeer in their
South East Zone T20 competition,
Biche is counting on the strength
and form of their all-rounders to get
them past Unity of the North East
Zone, and into the prestigious final.
"We are cautiously optimistic of
victory tomorrow. Biche has a very
good team, playing ideally at this
time with batting and bowling depth,
and with the all-rounders showing
their worth," said Lewis Tom.
In the current campaign, Biche s
progress so far is at the expense of
Unique and Metro MGM Savannah
and is based on the performances
of captain Ryan Baksh, who is a
strong contender for the zone s
"Player of the Year" honours having
scored 1,215 runs and taken 49 wick-
ets in all competitions this season.
Tom said other notable contribu-
tions have come from Ricaldo Her-
nandez, national Under-17 player
Navin Bidaisee, his father Alvin, Gary
Bailey, and specialist batsmen Oge
Morales, Kendon Sutton, Liston Billy
and leg-spin bowler Narad Singh.
Tom blamed the decision to take
first strike against Kildeer in the
zone s T20 final as the reason for
their defeat, but he said that the
players have put that setback behind
them and are ready for the next chal-
lenge. He said they that are focussed
on the $15,000 Courts T20 first prize
and their fitness will be enhanced
by the participation of several of
their key players who also turn out
in the Fishing Pond Football League
for pace-setters G-Madrid.
He praised captain Baksh for get-
ting his team out for practise despite
the inclement weather saying that
their outstanding performances to
date in the Courts Inter-Club T20
is a tribute to their dedication and
Unity defeated NMO and Debe
T-Birds in the first round and quar-
ter-finals respectively to reach the
Courts T20 semi-finals, but have
been affected by a series of problems
despite which they have been able
to distinguish themselves in the
President of the club and team
manager Rasheed Khan said Unity
has no overseas players and depend
on homegrown talent, but most are
gainfully employed and do not have
a lot of time available to put in ade-
quate practice and training.
Runners-up to Unique in contro-
versial circumstances in the zone s
T20 final, Khan is however confident
his team will give a good account of
themselves and expects captain Alex
Frederick, if available for the semi-
final, will lead by example, with sup-
port from his deputy Jonathan Nar-
ine, their dependable opening
batsman and wicketkeeper.
He also named Sherwin Badal,
Jesse Diaz, Valery Charles, Cleveland
Vialva, spinner Ganesh Ramkissoon
as members of their well-knit playing
unit who could spring a surprise on
their more fancied opponents tomor-
The winners of the Courts Inter
Club T20 tournament will collect
$15,000. together with the cham-
pionship trophy and gold medals.
The runners-up will pocket $10,000
and medals, and the third placed
team will take home $3,000. The
club placing fourth will be entitled
to $2,000. There will also be $1,000
each and a trophy at stake for the
Most Valuable Player of the tour-
nament; the Golden Bat winner
(scorer of the most runs); the Golden
Arm Award (bowler talking the most
wickets); and for the bowler finishing
with the best economy rate.
Players applaud T&T
memorial chess contest
Under 10 player Master Rayden Rampersad, left, plays against Anahita Ramoutar during their
game at the T&T Chess Association International Open Tournament at Normandie Hotel, St
Ann's, on August 3. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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