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(Getting Rid of the Waste)
It s as if he had never left
the game. FM Keron
Cabralis unexpectedly reap-
peared at the current
Caribbean Chess Carnival
after an absence of two
years from the sport and
showed that the skills
which had made him T&T s
leading junior were still firmly intact.
The 17-year-old Arimian who had given up com-
petitive chess to complete his secondary school studies
finished third in the Open Rapid Play contest and
is leading the 16 players in the Under 20 category.
The Open, featuring several of the country s promi-
nent players together with rated contestants from
the region, was won by Cuban IM Umberto Pecorelli
also making a welcome return to the Carnival after
an absence of three years. Pecorelli, who has switched
his main chess interest from competing to coaching,
topped the seven round 16-player group with a score
of six points.
Behind him were Joshua Johnson, Under 20 national
champion, and Cabralis who both finished on five,
with Johnson taking precedence on the tiebreak.
The seventh and final round of the tournament s
five junior categories comes off at the Queens Park
Oval today. Cabralis, on five, is leading 16 players in
the Under 20 group by half a point which makes for
an exciting finish.
On his heels is the talented Barbadian Orlando
Husbands who, in turn, is half a point ahead of
notable youngsters Vishnu Singh of T&T and Allon
Richards of Barbados. If he takes the Under 20 title,
Cabralis return would be impressive indeed but he
must either defeat or draw with Husbands today, a
task that will certainly not be easy.
The youngest FM in the English-speaking
Caribbean, Cabralis has already set a string of records
that may never be equalled or beaten. He has, for
example, won every national junior championship
from Under 8 to Under 20, playing unbeaten through-
out the series. He struck gold in the CAC games in
El Salvador playing among the Under 12s, he gained
the FM title at the Sub Zonals in Nassau in 2010 and
helped T&T defeat Jamaica for the first time in 30
years at the Olympiad in Kanty Mansyisk, Russia.
So what now for a resurgent Cabralis? Early in his
career, like most young devotees, he harboured dreams
of becoming the country s first Grandmaster. Whatever
his destiny, his return to the royal game is most wel-
come, injecting a fresh excitement into the sport.
The return of IM Pecorelli to the Carnival also lends
greater fascination to this popular regional event,
more so since he has won its Open form three times
during the 2000s. In a tournament such as this, the
presence of a player of his strength becomes a valuable
measuring rod for other participants. Indeed, the
fact that the Cuban IM was held to a draw by both
Cabralis and Hayden Lee must say something encour-
aging about our standard of play.
The Carnival is set for a thrilling finish today in most
of its five categories. Two players have distinguished
themselves with perfect scores in six rounds, Yu Tien
Poon of Barbados who leads the 21-player Under 14
group and Shev Nagir of Grant Memorial Presbyterian
School Chess Club who heads the 24-player field of
novices. One of Barbados bright young players, Poon
is now expected to win his first tournament T&T,
another step up in his consistent improvement.
The tournament was formally opened on Sunday by
Amol Golikeri, Assistant General Manager, First Citizens
Asset Management Ltd, sponsors for the third year.
Golikeri told the gathering of eager young chess players
that "passion, dedication and focus can yield immeas-
urable success and reward no matter one s age.
I am sure that during this tournament we ll have
the opportunity to see many fine examples of this."
Golikeri s forecase was right on the button.
Keron Cabralis, right, deep in concentration.
IM Umberto Pecorelli.
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