Moruga Chess Club president Godfrey Lee Sing, second from right, receives chess equipment from TTCA president Russell Smith last Saturday. Eight other zone co-ordinators also received their equipment for expansion of the TTCA’s Chess in Schools programme. With them are Under-20 girls champion Javanna Smith, Douglas and Daniel Lee, right. This is timely as the Pan Am Scholastic Chess tournament, which will attract some 70 players from 13 countries in the Americas, will be held in Port-of-Spain during the upcoming Easter vacation.T&T Chess Association (TTCA) has been selected to host the 2013 Pan Am Scholastic Chess Championships during the upcoming Easter holidays. The tournament will run from March 27 through April 2 in Port-of-Spain.
The previous Pan Am Scholastic Tournament was held in Margarita, Venezuela, where the T&T chess squad placed second overall and came away with two silver and one bronze medal.
The Pan Am is a part of the total package undertaken by the TTCA, in collaboration with FIDE America, of which TTCA president Russell Smith is the general secretary. Some 70 competitors are expected to participate, coming from 13 countries in the Americas.
Smith expressed confidence that local students will give a solid showing, due to the expanded Chess in Schools programme being run by the association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Sport and the Ministry of Tertiary Education.
As a training tool for preparing students for the Pan Am, 100 sets of equipment were handed out to zone co-ordinators of the TTCA, a grant from FIDE, the world governing body for chess. Nine co-ordinators who were appointed, collected their equipment on Saturday from TTCA officials at St George’s College, Barataria.
They are Trevor Flower (North/East), Hamza Deane (Couva), Naroutam Singh (Chaguanas), Godfrey Lee Sing (Moruga), Keevin James (San Fernando), Courtney Lee (St Joseph), Collin Bompart (Diego Martin), Kena Bartholomew (Port-of-Spain), Ryan Harper (Woodbrook/St James). Tobago is still pending
Following the handover, Godfrey Lee Sing, president of Moruga Chess Club, said he was happy to see that chess was now being taken to all corners of the country since not only would the students and their schools benefit, but so would their communities and the country as a whole.
The first national qualifier contest for local senior players for the National Championships begins tomorrow from 6 pm at St George’s College. Those wishing to participate should contact the assistant arbiter Naroutam Singh at 336-1566 at the earliest opportunity.