Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Hopefield Preparatory School are still celebrating their sweet victory over The Queen's Preparatory in the recently concluded National Primary and Preparatory Schools Chess Championship, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.
"We were really overjoyed, because they did so well," commented Doreen Clemetson, principal of Hopefield Preparatory.
She further stressed that the school first won the title last year when they made their debut. This year they outclassed the 15 other schools and 29 teams to retain their trophy, in what climaxed into a thrilling finale
The victorious Hopefield Preparatory Team A was represented by Rachel Miller, Justin Lowe and Elias Issa. According to tournament director Adrian Palmer, this "extraordinary increase in the numbers of new schools and strength of players in this year's tournament demonstrates the growing interest of students in the game of chess, some as young as six years old.
Among the respective winners of the tournament were:
Best Rural Team: Portmore Missionary
Best New Team: Ewarton Primary
Best Female Team: St Theresa Preparatory (A Team)
Rachel Miller (Hopefield Prep) was the best Board 1 player winning six points from six games.
Justin Lowe (Hopefield Prep) also won six points from six games, and was adjudged best Board 2 player based on the overall school performance.
Lawrence Foreman (Sts Peter & Paul Prep) also won all his six games and was the best Board 3 player.
Michael Gordon of Portmore Missionary Preparatory also earned six points from six games.
First Place: Hopefield Preparatory (A Team)
Second Place: The Queen's Preparatory
Third Place: Portmore Missionary Preparatory
Fourth Place: St Andrew Preparatory
Fifth Place: Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory (E Team)