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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 27, 2013
CENTRAL TENDERS BOARD
Tender for the Management of the Appointment Booking System for the Machine
Readable Passports for the Immigration Division, Ministry of National Security
Tenders are invited for the Management of the Appointment Booking System for the Machine
Readable Passports for the Immigration Division, Ministry of National Security.
Documents can be obtained during normal working hours at the Central Tenders Board's Office,
116 Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.
Any further technical information can be obtained during normal working hours from Mr. Elston
Baird, Immigration Officer IV (Ag.), Immigration Division, Ministry of National Security at telephone
Tenders must be accompanied by the following:
(i) Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by the Board of
Inland Revenue and dated not more than six (6) months prior to the closing date of the
(ii) Valid Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National Insurance Act.
The original Tender and six (6) copies must be placed in sealed envelopes addressed to the
Chairman, Central Tenders Board, 116 Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain and clearly marked:
"Tender for the Management of the Appointment Booking System for the Machine
Readable Passports for the Immigration Division, Ministry of National Security"
Envelopes must be deposited in the Brown Tenders Box located in the lobby of the Board's Office
not later than 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 18th July. 2013.
Tenders will be opened shortly thereafter. The tenderer or an authorized representative may be
present at the opening.
Tenderers should note that the dimensions of the slot in the Tenders Box are 37.5 cm x 5.5 cm
and as such, tenders should therefore be packaged accordingly.
The Central Tenders Board reserves the right to cancel the present notice in its entirety or even
partially, without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
Late tenders will NOT be considered in any circumstances.
The Board does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
Prospective tenderers are advised that they can visit website http://www.finance.gov.tt for all
published Tender Notices.
Central Tenders Board
CTB: 30/17/6 Vol. 1
June 18, 2013
Aeons ago, when DR set out to
conquer the chess world, the land-
scape ahead was quite forbidding.
Progress was slow and painstaking
as acquisition of the required skills
was largely a solo effort, with little
or no assistance or encouragement
coming from the cadre of elite RVI
players who largely duelled among
themselves and could hardly be
bothered with aspiring peewats
Among these stalwarts players, however, was one
exception; an ageing warrior whose love for chess
was demonstrated by his readiness, indeed his desire,
to share his immense knowledge and enjoyment of
the game with younger enthusiasts. DR, in fact, was
fortunate to be one of those ardent tyros who Andrew
DeVerteuil took under his patient wings, ever ready
to analyse their games, to point out errors, to show
the importance of strategy and tactics and, most
insistently, to instruct in the subtle dynamics of the
end game. DR retains fond memories of the many
sessions he spent with "Devi" which included regular
visits to his modest Woodbrook home and the pleas-
ure of sharing an evening meal with him and his
equally hospitable wife.
The late Lucio Araujo, one of the founders of
Knights, who presided over its development and
status as the country s leading chess club, was another
aspiring youngster who benefited from Devi s teaching
and hospitality. In his turn, Araujo gave to the sport
not only a formidable chess club but he also instituted
a fitting and lasting tribute to Devi by launching a
second Open Knights tournament in memory of
"the grand old man of chess."
As a novice, DR s training was confined largely to
sessions with Devi, practice games with the lesser
lights of RVI and, later on, with the legendary Frank
Brassington, fellow journalist and several times
national champion. At that time, chess books were
precious possessions, not easy to come by. DR s first
was Capablanca s 100 Best Games of Chess which
he managed to obtain through his friendship with
the late Lionel St Aubyn, manager of Fogarty s Book
DR relates these snippets from his early years in
chess not to introduce a "career" that eventually
succumbed to the challenge of journalism but rather
to let aspiring youngsters in the game know how
fortunate they are in terms of the variety and quality
of training material and coaching opportunities they
now have at their disposal. From master-level elec-
tronic programmes, to books on every aspect of the
game, to local coaches from among the country s
best players, to a few well-run chess clubs and to
regular teaching programmes run by the T&T Chess
Foundation, the gamut is now varied and compre-
hensive. Youngsters who pursue the game as their
sport of choice have every facility they need to
advance to a fairly high level of skill in a relatively
short space of time.
Last Thursday, DR secured a copy of Volume Three
of Ace Chess, the magazine published by FM Ryan
Harper, six-time national champion, who gave up
his bank job to become a full-time chess coach and
publisher. Harper s publication makes a significant
addition to the volume of chess material now available
to players of all levels. Both senior and junior players
should find Ace Chess specially instructive not only
for its targeted coverage of Caribbean events but
also for its exhaustive analyses and commentaries
on games of the region s best players particularly
their performances at the 2012 Olympiad in Turkey.
Not only is Harper one of our best informed players
with extensive and impressive performances in tour-
naments at home and abroad, including Olympiads
and Sub Zonals. He is also the country s highest
rated player, the first to gain the FM title and the
campaigner most likely to becomes T&T s first Inter-
national Master. Let s commend him now for his
Ace Chess effort.
RHAND Credit Union and
undoubtedly the longest and
most consistent supporter of
chess in the country, now
adds to its promotion of the
sport the gift of chess books
to youngsters taking part in
the Knights Open held annu-
ally at RHAND s head office
on Abercromby Street, Port-of-
Spain. This year, books were presented to
Joshua Johnson, Gabriella Johnson, Javanna
Smith, Della Marie Walcott, Zachary Allum,
Jordan Robertson, Kyron Agostini and Kyle
The appearance of these juniors at the
Knights Open is enough evidence of their
enthusiasm for the game. As such, they
represent the future of chess. DR expects
then they would appreciate these top level
books by making the best use of them. As
a youngster, DR never had it so good.
The RHAND Scholastic Chess Challenge
expands its programme among Tobago
schools by holding a Summer Camp in two
venues next month. They would be held at
Goodwood High School on 9th and 10th
and Bishop s High School on 11th and 12th.
The camp, running from 9am to 2pm each
day will offer professional tutoring to young-
sters from 10 to 15 years, from beginners to
intermediate level players. Registration closes
July 4 at the Society s Tobago office, 635
RHAND surely earns the title of "God-
father of T&T Chess." Sadly, in DR s time,
there was no such organisation.
Wow, how times have changed
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