Taffin Khan prevails in Caribbean Container FIDE chess tournament
National senior chess champion, Taffin Khan, rebounded from an earlier setback where he drew his encounter with junior champion Hai Feng Su to score 81/2 points and emerge overall champion when action in the Caribbean Container Inc. (CCI) FIDE (World Chess Federation) rating tournament concluded at Olympic House, High Street Kingston, Sunday May 20 last.
Anthony Drayton of the Government Technical Institute (GTI) amassed 6 ½ points to clinch the second place spot while Queen’s College student, Cecil Cox, closed off the podium spots with 6 points.
By dint of their outstanding performances, Drayton and Cox are now assured of lucrative FIDE ratings but would have to wait until the tournament results are submitted to officials of the ruling chess federation. Officials of the local Chess Federation have revealed that these ratings should be available within a few months. Those seniors that would have performed below par would have their ratings adjusted accordingly.
The just concluded tournament pitted the skills of six junior players drawn from the 2011 National Junior Chess Championship against four FIDE rated senior players in a single round robin tournament to obtain FIDE ratings.
The rated players are Taffin Khan (1809), Shiv Nandalall (1715), Ryan Singh (1456) and David Khan (1386). The junior players are Hai Feng Su, Anthony Drayton, Cecil Cox, Ron Motilall, Sham Khan and Kana Khan. The other point standings at the end of the nine rounds tournament read: Shiv Nandalall (6), David Khan (5 ½, Hai Feng Su (4 ½), Ryan Singh (2 ½), Sham Khan (2 1/2, Kana Khan (2) and Ron Motilall (1).
CCI Human Resources Manager Jimmy Lorrimer later presented the respective winners with their prizes shortly after the conclusion of the tournament. He offered congratulatory remarks even as he reiterated his organization’s delight in rendering the requisite support.