Leading FIDE and Candidate Masters from five nations will suit up against each other from today,
when the prestigious fifth annual Umada Cup chess tournament is staged in Guyana for the first time.
The Sleepin International Hotel on Brickdam is the venue for what is anticipated to be five days of intense rivalry among the elite chess players in this part of the globe.
The tournament, set to conclude on Monday, will be contested in two categories: one for players in the Open Section and another for those in the Challenger Section. Both sections will be played under the Swiss System for nine rounds and will be FIDE rated.
Up to press time on Wednesday, 10 Guyanese players had registered to compete in the tournament. They are Wendell Meusa, Anthony Drayton, Ronuel Greenidge, Haifeng Su, Jessica Clementson, Glenford Corlette, Roberto Neto, Davion Mars, Kriskal Persaud and Taffin Khan.
Suriname has also entered 10 players, namely Roder Matoewi, Romario Sanchez, Frank Lo Kim Lin, Joel Frijde, Reyna Frijde, Avikaar Malgie, Geryen Dos Ramos, Kevin Finkie, Alicia Jaipersaud and Ishwar Ramlal.
Trinidad and Tobago will be represented by six players and they are Vishnu Singh, Ryan Harper, Kevin Cupid, Esan Wiltshire, Frank Sears and Mikel Martin. Jamaica’s three representatives are Andrew Mellace, Ras Malaku Lorne and Deborah Richards- Porter, while the Dominican Republic’s flag will be carried by Christopher Guzman and Darvi Crispin Ferreras and Barbados’ lone player is Martyn Del Castilo.
The tournament will be officially declared open at 10:00 hours today by Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony at the Sleepin International Hotel before the players swing into action on the chess boards.
The tournament, according to President of the Guyana Chess Federation, Irshad Mohamed, is being organised under the auspices of current president of FIDE, the world governing body for chess, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. A grand payout package of US$16,000 would be at stake.
In the Open Section, the winner will cart off US$2,500, while the second and third place finishers will pocket US$1,500 and US$1,000 respectively. The winner of the Challenger Section is entitled to US$1,500, with the runner-up copping US$1,000 and third US$750. In the case of a tie, the sum of the prizes involved will be shared equally.
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