THE Moruga Chess Club recently hosted its first ever Chess in School (CIS) tournament at the Basse Terre Roman Catholic Primary School. Only two schools participated, with Marac Baptist Primary School emerging winners over Basse Terre Roman Catholic Primary School.
Since the re-emergence of the Moruga Chess Club in 2012, coordinator Godfrey Lee Sing has been training pupils with the intention that they would become the next national chess champions in the country.
Wayann Rooplal, Mirakel Philip, Amrika Harrilal and Aaron Allard placed first, second, third and fourth respectively in the under-10 category. In the under 14 category, Neria Charles placed first followed by Jenika Lynch, second, Angelo Peters, third, and Junior Jones, fourth.
The top five in the under-18 finals were Daniel Bhola, Kelvin Dover, Christopher Allard, Ricardo Toussaint and Joanne Jones.
Lee Sing, a national representative, was first introduced to chess as a pupil attending St Mary's College in 1955. Now, Lee Sing said he just wants to invest in the lives of young persons and to teach them what he knows. He said although this tournament was aimed at the Moruga district, there were participants from Diego Martin, who won in the under-14 category. Lee Sing said eventually he wants to encourage participants from all over the country.