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NAPA to host Chess Carnival

 T&T’s junior chess players will be seeking to repeat their dominant performance at last year’s Caribbean Chess Carnival when the annual regional tournament comes off at the National Academy of the Performing Arts, Frederick Street, Port of Spain from August 7-9. 

The Caribbean Chess Carnival, now in its 12th year, has become one of the region’s premier junior events, attracting the best players from across the region including Barbados, Jamaica, Venezuela, Suriname and the Netherlands. 

Top T&T junior player Sean Yearwood who establisheda unique record in last year’s event,finishing with a perfect score in the Under-10 group with seven points from seven games, will be seeking to repeat his performance in this year’s tournament. 

National Junior  champion Vishnu Singh who topped the Under 20 category with six and a half points out of seven in last year’s competition is another T& T hopeful who will be looking to haul away a major portion of cash prizes as Caribbean junior players’ battle for supremacy in the Chess Carnival. 

The Chess Carnival, a project of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation, will again have the support of title sponsors First Citizens Asset Management Limited. This year, the tournament will be a seven-round contest open to school children and junior players under 20 years old. It offers an $18,000 cash prize fund for the top five finishers in each of its five categories: Novices, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-20. 

Trophies will also be presented to players finishing in the first ten places in each section. 

Registration for the tournament can be made at the website www.caribbeanchesscarnival.com or by text to 678-0132.

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