Team Trinidad and Tobago placed second out of 11 countries in the recently concluded Carifta Youth Chess Championships 2019 held in Curacao from April 19-22, 2019. The official categories of the Carifta Youth Chess Championships are Under 12, Under 16 an Under 20 Absolute and Female.
The overall winners were Jamaica with Suriname placing third.
In the official categories, Naparima College student FIDE Master Alan Safar, earned a Gold medal in the Under 16-Open Category, for the fourth year in a row, when he scored 6.5 out of 7 points. Last year’s Carifta Under 12 Female champion, St. Augustine Girls’ High School Form 1 student, Zara La Fleur earned second place in the higher Under 16 Female Category when she scored 5.5 out of 7 points. She also earned silver in the Under 14 Female Sub Category. Daenon Ramsumair, Naparima College student, earned silver in the Under 20 Open category as well as copped the silver medal in the Under 18 sub category with a score of 5 out of 7 points.
Trinidad and Tobago also earned the following sub-category prizes:
- Sub category: Under 8 Absolute- 1st place, Kyan Muradli
- Sub Category: Under 8 Female- 1st place, Charlise Mike
- Sub Category: Under 10 Female- 3rd place, Arya Maharaj
- Sub Category: Under 12 Absolute- 3rd place, Juninho La Fleur
- Sub Category: Under 12 Female- 2nd place, Cayleigh Manocha
- Sub Category: Under 18 Female- 3rd place, Amy Ali
The other members of the T&T contingent were:
- Aradhana Ramnarine Singh
- Aryana Nanan
- Ari Bunsee
- Luke Balliram
- Taydan Balliram
- Tristan Balliram
- Rayden Rampersad
- Aidan Chaitram
- Aaron Chaitram
- Adrian Lutawan
- Kael Samuel Bisnath
- Javed Maharaj
- Anusha Saha
- Keira Samuel Bisnath
- Keshav Maharaj
- Kiran Mohammed
- Sanat Maharaj
The team manager for the 26 player contingent was TTCA 3rd Vice President, Sadiqah Razark, a 2nd year UWI student. Sadiqah was also selected to serve on the Appeals Committee during the event. Sadiqah was supported by accompanying parent, Mr. Larry Ramoutar. TTCA Secretary, Sandy Razark, also performed a great deal of the pre-trip preparations to ensure that the contingent was well informed about the logistics and the expectations of the T&T team and preserving the TTCA brand.
TTCA President, Sonja Johnson was excited about the team’s performance, “I am so proud of the team. This is such good news for T&T chess. The players were focused and understood their roles and this led to a very solid team performance. I am also very happy with how Sadiqah conducted herself as team manager. Though some may have found it to be a bit risky having someone so young handle such a large contingent for the first time, we were confident that Sadiqah will successfully handle the challenge and she represented the TTCA quite well!”. Johnson was also very encouraged by the support of the many parents who accompanied their children to Curacao.
The support provided by FIDE also contributed to the assistance that the TTCA was able to afford to the official players. This assistance will also allow the TTCA, together with the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and other partners, to deliver on its plans for 2019 which will also include further development of chess players as well as other chess officials.
Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association