Derrick emerged the victor of the Valkyries Womens
Chess Tournament last Sunday.
Derrick, who has been studying abroad, re-entered the local
chess scene after nearly a year away. She ended the five
round competition with 4 1/2 points.
Second place went to Chantal Fitzpatrick with 4 points while
third went to Aditi Soondarsingh with 3 1/2 points. Jane
Kennedy, Sinead Furlong and Margaret Rose all tied for fourth
place on 3 points.
The competition ran from June 4 to 19 and had a total of
14 female chess players. It was not without its trials.
Several disruptions were caused by venue changes. Scheduled
matches had to be cancelled on one Saturday for noise reasons
and games had a late start on another.
Despite this players claim to have found the competition
This is the first competition to be held by Valkyries Womens
Chess Club in two decades.
The club was formed over 20 years ago by Petronella Araujo,
current president of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association.
Valkyries was originally formed to promote and encourage
female involvement in the sport of chess.
The club has recently been revived, under the patronage
of Mary King and Associates, with the aim of fostering its
The prizegiving ceremony for the competition will be held