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Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Team Chess Champs

on at St George's

More than 50 teams will be vying for this year's trophies at Chess Enterprise's Scholastic Team Chess Championship for Under-8, Primary/Prep and Junior High-level chess players.

The championship, which will take place on the campus of St George's College, will run all day tomorrow and Sunday. Action starts at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. on Sunday.

With the support of sponsors American Jewellery Company and Grace Foods, on this its 16th staging, the annual tournament will see more than 200 students in school-based teams seeking to dethrone title holders Little People Preparatory, St Catherine Primary and St Jago High School. Included among the players will be the national age-group chess champions Christopher Udeagha (Under-10) representing St Jude's Primary, and Kishan Clarke (Under-8) representing Hillel Academy.

St Catherine Primary and St Jago High both made history last year by being the first schools outside of Kingston and St Andrew to win the Primary/Prep and Junior High tournament categories, respectively. Other winners in recent years include St Jude's Primary, Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory and Campion College.

Fognini upsets Nadal


Rafael Nadal's clay-court woes mounted yesterday at the Barcelona Open with another loss.

The eight-time champion fell to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the third round, a year after his 41-match winning streak in Barcelona ended in the quarterfinals.

After dropping the first set, Nadal appeared to have rebounded by breaking the Italian three times in the second set, but Fognini answered each time.

"I played poorly, I didn't play like I should have," Nadal said. "I didn't play aggressively, I missed more shots that I normally do. I didn't manage to keep the advantage I had. Having three breaks in the second set and end up at 5-5 is a disaster."

Leonard named NBA Defensive Player of Year


San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The league announced the award yesterday.

Injuries limited Leonard to just 64 games this season. But he still managed to make an enormous impact, especially on the defensive end of the floor.

Leonard is just the sixth forward to lead the league in steals per game since the NBA started tracking the statistic 42 years ago. He averaged 2.3 steals per game and helped the Spurs finish third in defensive rating with 99.6 points allowed per 100 possessions.

Leonard garnered 333 total points in the voting, including 37 first-place votes. Golden State forward Draymond Green finished a close second with 317 points, including 45 first-place votes.