PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Over 75 chess players are vying for top honours in the 12th edition of Caribbean Chess Carnival, which got off to an exciting start on Thursday at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) 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.
Trinidad and Tobago Junior Chess Champion, Vishnu Singh, in deep concentration during his first round game during the Caribbean Chess Carnival at NAPA
In her address at the opening of the tournament, Gillian Benjamin, manager of strategic marketing and sales at First Citizens Asset Management, 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.
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 countryman, 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 seven-round Swiss-style tournament runs over three days at NAPA from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. daily. The competition ends on Saturday, when trophies will be presented to the first ten placed finishers and a total prize fund of $18,000 will be distributed to the first five winners, across all five categories: Novices, Under-10, Under12, Under-14 and Under 20.