Taffin Khan assumes ‘top of the ladder’ position in Red Cherry Ladder chess tournament
National chess champion, Taffin Khan, has accumulated 45 points to assume the lead position when action in the Red Cherry Ladder chess tournament continued at the Keishar’s Sports Club Sunday morning last.
Kriskal Persaud, a former national champion who had earlier assumed the top spot, has dropped to the second place slot; 6 points shy of Khan, while Ronuel Greenidge has played his way to the third place spot after amassing 38 points. Anthony Drayton suffered mixed fortunes and slipped downwards to fourth place while Saeed Ali, who also endured fluctuating fortunes, failed to gain a spot among the leaders.
Despite occupying the third place, Greenidge enjoyed a very good day with an almost flawless score on Sunday. He dropped one game to Taffin Khan, but defeated Kriskal Persaud and Anthony Drayton to secure his current standing.
The tournament is at the halfway stage with a little more time for the top guns to vie for a lucrative spot. The other points standing to date reads, Drayton 37, Saeed Ali 35, Chino Chung and Glenford Corlette 32 each, Roberto Neto 29, David Khan 28, Davion Mars 24, Sheriffa Ali and Joshua Pedro 22 points apiece.
The action continues this morning with the fourth of six preliminary rounds being contested from 10:00hrs. Based on the trend so far, one could anticipate tense encounters and possible upsets as players vie for the top spots and lucrative prizes slated to get underway on August 11 next when the top four contestants battle for the top spot. The winner of the finals will receive $50,000 cash, a Red Cherry voucher of similar value and a trophy.
In the interim, prizes are being distributed to the top three performers at the end of each preliminary round.