Topco Juices Chess Tourney
- Keen competition anticipated as top chess players throw down the gauntlet
All of the top chess players have been in terrific form recently and so it’s anybody’s guess which will walk away with the spoils when the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) stages the Independence Topco Juices one-day Rapid Chess tournament at the KEI-SHAR’S Sports Club, Hadfield Street, Werk-en-Rust Georgetown, starting at 10:00hrs tomorrow morning.
National champion, Taffin Khan will start this tournament as the firm favourite following a remarkable performance in the just concluded Caribbean Container INC. (CCI) FIDE rating tournament.
His strongest adversary in that tournament was his dad David, and even though the younger Khan had prevailed, he will nonetheless know that he cannot afford to take foolish chances.
National junior champion, Haifeng Su, will also stake a claim for the top prize as well as other top players the likes of Anthony Drayton and Cecil Cox. One will also have to be wary of Shiv Nandalall, a mean player on his day.
Meanwhile, beverage giant, Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), has once again responded positively to appeals for corporate assistance and will be exclusively sponsoring the tournament. Sales Manager of that entity, Alexis Langhorne, performed the honours on Thursday afternoon last when she presented the requisite cheque President of the GCF, Shiv Nandalall, at the tournament venue. Ms Langhorne observed that chess is developing progressively even as she committed to continued assistance. She said that her organization has been working with the GCF since its resuscitation and officials are heartened with the progress so far. This is the second tournament sponsored by DDL for the year and Ms Langhorne said that this certainly will not be the last.
Mr. Nandalall conveyed deep gratitude to the DDL official while intimating that the local chess Federation body frequently organizes competitions to provide meaningful activity for the young players.
The players will compete under the Swiss System which consists of seven rounds with a time limit of 40 minutes per game. The tournament is open to all male and female chess players in both the senior and junior categories. Tournament fee for senior non-members is $500.00 and juniors $300.00. Members of the Guyana Chess Federation will pay a reduced fee. Cash prizes and medals are at stake.