Six other countries joined Guyana and would be competing for top spots in two categories
when the curtains went up on the Umada Cup 2014 at the Sleep Inn Hotel, Brickdam, Stabroek, yesterday morning. Participants include those from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony attended the opening ceremony and like he did at the official launching one week ago, congratulated the officials of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) for their hard work in making the championship a reality.
He wished the players well and cautioned the visitors that the local players have been training hard for the event and would be a strong force to be reckoned with. Minister Anthony further commended the President of FIDE, Kirsan Llyumzhinov, for his input in making the tournament a reality for the fifth successive year.
The sports Minister also noted that the championship augers well for chess in the region since it will provide a platform for the top players to test their skills against each other. Minister Anthony then moved the first pawn against national junior champion, Haifeng Su, to signal the start of the competition.
Meanwhile, two rounds were contested yesterday and former Junior and Senior Champion, Taffin Khan, is the sole local player in the Open Category; the others are competing in the Challenger’s Cup category.
Local players, Anthony Drayton and Ronuel Greenidge were both promoted to Candidate Masters after turning in credible performances in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway and were engaged in stiff rivalry with their respective opponents. Trinidadian, Ryan Harper, is the defending champion in both categories after winning in 2013 and 2012.
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