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Sonja JohnsonPresident of the Trinidad & Tobago AssociationPhoto by TTCA. Celebrating its 80th anniversary of the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) by hosting the Masters Open (TTIMO). The tournament is apparently the country’s strongest and has attracted players from a number of countries including GM Elshan Moradiabadi, an Iranian now playing under the FIDE […]

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Invitation In 2016, the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) celebrates its 80th Anniversary. In commemoration of this milestone, the (TTCA) is pleased to invite all National Federations to the Trinidad and Tobago International and Masters Open (TTIMO) Chess Tournaments 2016 to be held at The Normandie Hotel, St. Anns, Trinidad, from 28th July through […]

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Author: Carl Jacobs Published: Thursday, November 5, 2015 Congratulations to 24-year-old CM Kevin Cupid for winning this year’s National Chess Championship, topping a list of 12 finalists including several of the country’s most distinguished players. The former Holy Cross College student finished the 11 round contest on nine points, losing only to David Christopher and […]

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FIDE Zone 2.3.5 is conducting it subzonal in Trinidad and Tobago. There are more than 50 players from nine countries have assembled. Trinidad tops the list with a whopping 32 players. Suriname has five. The venue is the Ambassador Hotel in Port of Spain. The Ministry of Tourism and First Citizens Asset Management are sponsors […]

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Press Release 06/08/12 K.I.D.S. CHESS ACADEMY, TRINIDAD, West Indies Lesley-Ann Nelson, President of KIDS CHESS ACADEMY (front left) with young leaders and their proud parents. On 20th July, 2012 the chessists of KIDS CHESS ACADEMY was the first group of graduates, of the S.T.E.P. (Social Training and Empowerment Programme) – “We are all winners “ […]

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The Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation extends an invitation to all Chess players and federations to participate in the 10th edition of our Caribbean Chess Carnival from August 2rd – August 5th. The tournament will have three junior sections drawing players from around the Caribbean and North America. Details on […]

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National chess champion FM Ryan Harper, assisted by ex-champion Marcus Joseph, has again made chess history, but this time not over the chessboard. Instead, the two stalwarts have jointly launched the country’s first chess magazine, Ace Chess, intended primarily to serve the Caribbean chess community. In his foreword, publisher Harper gives the raison d’etre for […]

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FM Keron Cabralis Trinidad’s top junior FIDE Master Keron Cabralis left the recent CARIFTA Chess Games after filing a complaint about poor conditions. His ongoing battle with mismanagement has pushed the 16-year old star to the brink of retiring from chess. In an April 19th article in the Trinidadian Guardian, problems were reported at the […]

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PRESS RELEASE Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online The CARIFTA Chess Games which begins at University of West Indies (UWI) on Friday will make history in several ways, not the least being the honouring of past presidents of the T&T Chess Association, all players winning medals at Olympiads and official FIDE tournaments. According to Association president […]

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At Atwell’s Educational Institute, on Sunday December the 11th 2011, the director Lesley-Ann Nelson and tournament coordinator Adrina Smith of K.I.D.S Chess Academy hosted its 1st Annual Scholastic Chess Championship. The competition had a participation of 55 young chess players, competing in the following categories respectively. The ages were as follows: under-6, under-8, under-10, under-16 […]

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FM Ryan HarperPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. While Trinidad’s FIDE Master Ryan Harper, 34, is a long way from matching Cristo Cave’s record of 13 national championships, he is now one step closer with his recent win as reported by the T&T Guardian. Harper bested a field of 11 finalists finishing two points ahead of second […]

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MEDIA RELEASE Date: August 1st, 2011 To: Sport Editor From: Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation Contact: Edison Raphael – President 678-0132 Caribbean Juniors Clash in Chess Carnival Leading junior chess players from across the Caribbean and Venezuela will join youngsters from Trinidad and Tobago in vieing for honours at the Caribbean Chess Carnival which comes […]

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“Top chess players qualify,” Trinidad Newsday, 26 February 2011. Veteran chess player Frank Sears, Aditi Soondarsingh, FIDE Masters Keron Cabralis and Mario Merritt, all advanced in the first PKF national qualifier which ended recently, at the Barataria South Secondary School. Sears, who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Caribbean Chess Championship in 1972, qualified with […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russia 2 3-1 India Hungary 2½-1½ China Armenia 2½-1½ Russia 3 Netherlands 3-1 Spain Russia 1 3-1 USA Explosive day in Khanty Mansiysk today. With top teams jockeying for position before the rest day, there were some questions that needed to be answered. Will Russia 2 continue their impeccable form? Would Armenia […]

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The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a great success with a record number 147 participants. Edison Raphael and the Trinidad Chess Foundation put on a wonderful showing at the historic Queen’s Park Cricket Club. The tournament attracted players and officials from ten countries and the event was covered here at The Chess Drum. I promised […]

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On August 15-16, Head of Republic of Kalmykia, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Trinidad and Tobago where he participated in the opening ceremony of the 1st Caribbean Cup – UMADA Cup. The idea to hold such tournament was born two months ago during FIDE President’s visit to Cuba at the closing ceremony of Capablanca Memorial. […]

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The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a successful event with a record 147 players from 10 countries. Three-time champion IM Humberto Pecorelli could not travel to defend his title, so a new champion was crowned. There are many reasons this tournament was special and perhaps is an example of how the Caribbean and Africa can […]

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At the end of the Caribbean Chess Carnival, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz caught up with some of the tournament’s participants and conducting several interesting interviews. Two of the interviews featured two young talents, one Caribbean legend and the tournament winner.

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GM Gennadi Sagalchik of New York won the Caribbean Chess Carnival with a solid 7/9 score. Sagalchik hoists 1st place trophy at Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In his winner’s speech, Grandmaster Gennadi Sagalchik stated that he “begged” Edison Raphael to come to the Caribbean Chess Carnival. Perhaps he was overstating a bit, but […]

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Eleven-year old Josh Colas’ upset win over FM Ryan Harper was the highlight of the round. While Colas has beaten a number of strong Masters in his short career, this win punctuated his international debut. Playing against Harper’s pet Dragon, Colas played 6. h3!? and after 6…Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Bd3?! e5 9. Nb3 […]

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On day four, fatigue may have started to catch up with some of the players as perfect scores fell in the under-20, under-14 and under-10. FM Keron Cabralis was finally stopped by FM David Finol of Venezuela and share 1st place with him on 5/6. Christian Ammon lost to Trindadian compatriot Joshua Johnson after winning […]

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IM Oladapo Adu will face his biggest test yet as he is poised to face the tournament’s top-seed in GM Gennadi Sagalchik. While a win will almost certainly put him in a position to win, Sagalchik has saved energy with two quick draws and may be going for the win in this bout. At this […]

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IM Oladapo Adu in round #3 battle at Caribbean Chess Carnival. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Nigerian International Master Oladapo Adu is visiting Trinidad for the second consecutive year and seems to have found comfort in the chess climate. Going into round #4 he has a perfect 3/3 score coming off of a tense win against […]

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The Caribbean Chess Festival got off to an auspicious start as the conditions are favorable and the competition is fierce. The top section has one Grandmaster and The first round had no losing upsets, but there were a number of “upset draws”. Coreen Cabralis making ceremonial move on board #1 with Gennadi Sagalchik. Photo by […]

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Daaim Shabazz will attend the Caribbean Chess Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago beginning August 3rd and extending to August 8th. The tournament has been able to attract top players from Latin America and the Caribbean. IM Humberto Pecorelli of Cuba has won the tournament the last three years, but will not defend his title this […]

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