Mar 03, 2013 Sports
After a short break to facilitate the Christmas celebrations, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) will resume its developmental programme with the Republic Anniversary one-day rapid tournament at the West Demerara Secondary School, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara this morning.
Once again, the Demerara Distillers Limited has acquiesced to sponsorship of the tournament and last Friday evening, DDL Sales Manager Mrs. Alexis Langhorne handed over the sponsorship cheque of $30,000 to President of the GCF, Shiv Nandalall, at the latter individual’s Camp and Hadfield Streets office. The tournament would be staged under the TOPCO brand.
Nandalall extended gratitude to the company representative and praised her renewed commitment for yet another year. “Chess in Guyana will see continued growth because of your company’s role,” Nandalall assured Ms Langhorne.
In response, Ms Langhorne said that her executives were indeed heartened by the performances of the players during last year. She said that this has encouraged continued support from her organization. She said that her executives have decided to continue along the same vein and wished the players well even as she urged them to compete within the confines of the rules. “Diamond Mineral Water is proud to contribute to chess as it is not only a thrilling pastime activity but it also helps one in becoming self-motivated and increases imagination and creativity, “ she observed.
Mr. Nandalall expressed appreciation to the DDL executive and assured her that the gift would go a long way in the development of the young players.
Meanwhile, activities get underway at 10:00hrs and already the tournament is shaping up to be very competitive. Carlos Petterson, a former student of Dolphin Secondary School, had emerged victorious when a similar tournament was staged early last year at the same venue, but under the auspices of Banks Malta.
He had entered that tournament devoid of adequate practice after missing a few tournaments. Nevertheless, Petterson had retained a rich vein of form to amass 7 ½ points from a possible nine to take that championship and the loot that went with it including a beautiful trophy, a tournament size chess set and a Banks Malta traveling bag. He would approach today’s championships with ambitions of replicating that feat.
However, Petterson ought to be wary of the challenge of Tevon Blaize of Charlestown Secondary, who had placed 2nd in that tournament after amassing 6 ½ points and senior player, Abdool Karamat, who had closed off the podium spots and obviously would want to improve his performance.
Ganesh Persaud, a student of the West Demerara Secondary School had copped the fourth place prize and will also nurture ambitions of a better placing. Once again, these players would be competing and those that missed out on the 1st place prize last year would want to cash in on the spoils this year. A truly competitive encounter is in the making.
The tournament consists of seven rounds and each player would have 20 minutes on the clock during each round. Trophies and cash prizes are at stake. Players are also reminded to renew their membership for 2013 on Sunday in preparation for the Federation’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sunday March 10 next.
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