Carifta Champs downtown
Claire Clarke, Contributor
Volume 2, No.15
Chess joins the Carifta excitement now in vogue as the second annual Carifta Chess tournament was set to have its opening ceremony in Kingston last night at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
Play in the tournament starts today at 9 a.m. with final games to be played on Monday, April 8. Competition will take place over the categories of Under-20, Under-16 and Under-12 for female and absolute champion. Games will be played at the Jamaica Conference Centre, two rounds each day at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Territories who have fielded players for this tournament include Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, The Bahamas, Aruba and the US Virgin Islands.
A number of title holders from last year's inaugural tournament held in Trinidad and Tobago have registered to play. These include in the Under-16 from Jamaica, Sheanel Gardner, Rachel Miller Alistair Walker; from Aruba - Jomar Benschop and Maria Paula De Meyer; from Trinidad - Jevanna Smith and Joshua Johnson. In the Under-20, Jamaica will field Stuart James; in the Under-12, Jamaica has Rochelle Porter and Leighton Barrett; Aruba - Brian Diaz; Trinidad - Kyron Augustini and Della Marie Walcott.
New Junior champions
Two weeks ago the National Junior Chess Champs was held to select the top Jamaican junior player for the Under 20 category which is a recognised category for FIDE.
This tournament featured the cream of the crop from the recently completed Nation Age Group Champions which covered the age groups for Under-18, 16, 14, 12, 10 and 8.
The results were a double and triple crowning in the male and female sections, respectively. St Jago's Alistair Walker who won the Under-16 title some weeks before adds to his chess resume the National Junior title. Campion College's princess Rachel Miller, who had already won the Under-14 absolute and Under-16 female titles, now also holds the National Junior Female title for 2013.
Runners-up in the National Junior Championship are Shreyas Smith (boys) and Sheanel Gardner for the girls.
Carslen is chosen
Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen has given the chess world what it has been waiting for. He was declared the winner of the historic candidates tournament in London last weekend, after remarkably losing his last game. This means he gets to meet World Champion Viswanathan Anand and finally challenge for that world title.
The World Candidates tournament which selected the challenger for the World title featured eight of the world's best, including Carlsen, Russian Vladimir Kramnik, Armenian Levon Aronian, Isreali Boris Gelfand, Russian Alexander Grischuk, Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk, Russian Peter Svidler and Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov.
The challenge to World Champion Anand will take place in November. The chess world waits!
Carifta Championship: April 4-8, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica
Queen's Prep Open: April 13, Queen's Preparatory, St Andrew
Claire Clarke is a former Women's National Champion, three-time Jamaica Women's team Chess Olympiad representative, trained journalist and editor. Email feedback, send in your games or upcoming tournaments to firstname.lastname@example.org and join the Facebook page Chessmate.