Following the successful completion of the qualifying round to determine eligibility earlier this year, the nations top chess players will begin their quest for the national chess championships when the Guyana Chess Federation in collaboration with Geddes Grant Ltd stages the 2010 National Open Chess Championships from 17-24 November at the Hotel Spray Hotel, Rupert Craig Highway and Stanley Place. Games will be shifted to the Keishar’s Sports Club on Wednesdays while weekend games would be contested at the Ocean Spray Hotel.
Executives of the Federation summoned the media to a press briefing at the offices of Geddes Grant Ltd, a member of the Neal and Massy Group of Companies, Mandela Avenue, Ruimveldt to consummate the sponsorship deal with the executives of that organization as well as release the names of the participants and other details pertinent to the tournament.
Eight players would be contesting for the top prize including David and Taffin Khan, Ron Motilall, Ryan Singh, Frank Farley, Learie Webster, Kriskal Persaud and Errol Tiwari.
Wendell Meusa is the current champion and should have been defending his title but President of the Chess Federation, Errol Tiwari disclosed that Meusa has been stripped of the accolade after he had made certain allegations about the workings of the Federation. Mr. Tiwari said that Mr. Meusa was asked to provide evidence to support the allegations failing which he should retract them. The Chess Federation President said that Meusa failed to do either and executives of the Federation convened and arrived at a consensus to institute a six months ban on Meusa. Mr. Tiwari further explained that Meusa was later asked to apologize. “He refused to do so and we were left with no other option but to enforce the ban and strip him of the title,” explained Mr. Tiwari.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tiwari expressed deep appreciation to the management of the Neal and Massy Group of Company for their corporate chivalry. He explained that his executive approached the sponsors for support very late yet they acquiesced to render support. “This is our most important tournament and we wish to thank Geddes Grant for coming on board at the 12th hour,” said the Chess Federation president.
Treasurer of the Federation, Shiv Nandalall chaired the proceedings and was also high in praise for the sponsors. He urged the participants to play hard as they endeavored to capture the top prize.
Pharmaceutical Manager of Geddes Grant, June Ann Eastman handed over the sponsorship package even as she wished the organizers and players well. “Geddes Grant in collaboration with Seven Seas is pleased to support the staging of this tournament and we anticipate a very competitive tournament,” she said. Ms Eastman noted that chess is not a spectator sport but nevertheless urged members of the public to visit the venue in support of the players.
The players would be engaged in fourteen rounds of stiff competition with three hours being allotted per game. There would also be a thirty second increment per move.
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