trophy winners at the Sagicor Open Junior Chess Championship.
From left: Renuka Ramdass, Christopher Rapheal, keron Cabralis,
Javanna Smith, Justin Salloum, Jarryon Paul, Keanu Seecharan,
Rafael Guerrero, Jonathon Paul, Jonathon Chung, Chantal
Fitspatrick, Melissa Periera.
and Tobagos young chess players took the lions
share of prizes at last weeks 2007 Sagicor Open Junior
Chess Championship held in St Michael, Barbados. Among the
84 players from Barbados, Jamaica and T&T, 11-year-old
Keron Cabralis secured third place while in the four age
categories, T&Ts youngsters won eight of the 12
prizes. They also took away four of the five special prizes.
The tournament, which was reduced from eight to seven rounds
because of the threat of Hurricane Dean, was won by Jamaican
national junior champion Brandon Wilson, fresh from his
Under-20 victory at the recent CMMB Caribbean Championships
in Trinidad. He scored 6.5 points, half a point ahead of
six players whose places were decided by the tie break.
From second to 7th were Martyn Del Castilho of Barbados,
Keron Cabralis of T&T, Shamel Howell of Barbados and
Marcus Joseph, Justin Salloum and Christopher Raphael of
Trinidad and Tobago entered 24 players in the popular annual
tournament. Jamaica fielded 9 contestants while Barbados
In the age categories, the Under 10 prizes were all won
by Trinis, Javanna Smith, first, Jonathan Chong, second,
and Jonathan Paul third. In the Under 12 category, T&Ts
Melissa Pereira finished with the best score, while Chad
Barrow of Barbados placed second and Jarryon Paul of T&T
The Under 14s were led by Philip Pryce of Jamaica with Alex
Jackman of Barbados and T&Ts Rafael Guerrero placing
second and third. T&Ts Justin Salloum and Christopher
Raphael finished first and second among the Under 16s with
Justin Blackman of Barbados third.
Special prizes went to Keanu Seecharan for being the youngest
player; Javanna Smith, the most outstanding Under 12 female;
Renuka Ramdass, the most outstanding Under 14 female; Melissa
Sookram of Barbados, the most outstanding Under 16 female
and Chantal Fitzpatrick, the most outstanding Under 20 female.