The first annual Moruga Primary Schools Chess Competition takes place in the former Innovative Security Solutions Branch Office, opposite the new Moruga Police Station in Gran Chemin. The five-round team contest will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Six primary schools will be competing, including Gran Chemin RC; Moruga AC; Rock River RC, Basse Terre RC, and Marac RC for the National Gas Company’s Challenge Trophies donated by NGC for the top three places. Medals will be presented to all competing students.
Other trophies, cash prizes and hampers have been donated by the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) and the Ministry of Community Development. Each school will field four players with one reserve for the five-round tourney, and school teams are being coached by past pupils.
These include Kelvin Dover, Ricardo Toussaint, Joanne Jones and Christopher Allard, who have been playing on the national junior chess scene.
Tournament Coordinator and Moruga Chess Club (MCC) secretary Godfrey Lee Sing said he was aiming to stage this contest since last year. MCC president Hamza Deane has been conducting weekly coaching clinics at the Moruga Library. Both Deane and Lee Sing were appointed Chess-in-Schools Coordinators by the TTCA, with the goal of improving chess skills among the youngest players in the country.