Josh Colas to compete in Trinidad

Josh Colas in Trinidad Guardian

Josh was featured in the Trinidadian Guardian.

Summer vacation is here and young stars are out to make an impact. Josh Colas has been making strides to reach National Master status. He has been selected to compete in the World Youth Championship in Haldiki, Greece in October. However, Josh will make his international debut in Trinidad and Tobago, not far from his ancestral home of Haiti. He will compete in the Caribbean Chess Carnival from August 3rd-8th in the capitol, Port of Spain. This tournament will attract players from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America and will give the young star valuable experience.

Edison Raphael of the Trinidad Chess Foundation has extended an invitation to Josh to compete in his biggest challenge to date. This nine-round event will give Josh a chance to earn an official FIDE rating and will also give him a chance to play some Master-level competition each round. Scheduled to compete in the field is three-time reigning champion International Master Humberto Pecorelli of Cuba. He will have some serious competition. According to an article in the Trinidad Guardian,

Another participating Cuban, Geraldo Labredo, took the third prize in last year’s event. Two Masters from Venezuela, Julio Ostos and Rafael Prasca Sosa, and two from Barbados, Kevin Denny and Terry Farley, are also in the contest. Apart from the Masters, the Chess Carnival, now in its eighth year, is attracting players from T&T, the Caribbean and Latin America, including Colombia, Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname, Martinique and Guadeloupe. The tournament will see action in two main categories, the Open and three junior sections, Under 10, Under 14 and Under 20. (See article)

There will also be a number of local players including FM Ryan Harper. A strong Jamaican contingent will also be present. Josh will be supported by his father Guy Colas who will help him settle in. Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum will also be on hand to give moral support the young star.

Read Carl Jacobs, “Young U.S. Star for Chess Carnival,”
Trinidad Guardian, 16 June 2010.


Josh Colas @ Caribbean Carnival
# Player ELO
Nation
Flag
Result Player ELO
Nation
Flag
1 Singh 2117
Trinidad
Trinidad
½-½ Colas 0
USA
USA
2 Colas 0
USA
USA
½-½ Velez 2302
Cuba
Cuba
3 Ramadhar 2064
Trinidad
Trinidad
1-0 Colas 0
USA
USA
4 Colas 0
USA
USA
½-½ Pouchet 2079
Trinidad
Trinidad
5 Ali 1833
Trinidad
Trinidad
0-1 Colas 0
USA
USA
6 Colas 0
USA
USA
1-0 Cobham 2049
Trinidad
Trinidad
7 Colas 0
USA
USA
1-0 Harper 2262
Trinidad
Trinidad
8 Denny 2332
Barbados
Barbados
1-0 Colas 0
USA
USA
9 Colas 0
USA
USA
1-0 Paul 1939
Trinidad
Trinidad
Score: 5½-3½

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

13 Comments

  1. Congratulations Josh!! Justus and I predict you will win the entire tournament, which would be an exceptional accomplishment. But hey, you’re an exceptional kid so it really would not be a surprise sweety!! Good luck out there. We are extremely proud of you.

  2. Winning the tournament may be a bit too much to expect from his first international tournament, but I think Josh will play well. He will be competing against very strong players, so he will definitely gets some valuable experience. He will need to relax and play his game without any fear.

  3. Hi Latisha,

    Thank you! While Josh will be competing in Trinidad, Justus will also be competing in Brazil. It will be interesting to see how both of them handle the pressure of International competition. As best said by Daaim, Josh’s primary objective should be ” to relax and play his game without any fear.” Hopefully, Justus will do the same and have a great tournament.

    Guy & Josh

  4. Josh Colas battling FM Ryan Harper in round #7 of the Caribbean Chess Carnival. The 11-year old All-American defeated the former Trinidadian National Champion. Harper trots out his pet Dragon, but Colas eschews the main lines (which Harper knows well).

    This game drew a lot of attention from onlookers.

    Ricardo Velasco, 13-year old Venezuelan star looks on.

    Guy Colas watching the action.

    The “Young Lion” on the prowl.

    Harper resigned and they signed the scoresheets.

    The signed scoresheets.


    Video of Colas-Harper

  5. It was a Sicillian Dragon apparently.It would be nice if the games were put online. However the video footage showed a good finish by Colas.Shows staying power and consistent accuracy.Confidence as well.
    I look forward to seeing what he can do outside of the US and in Europe.

  6. John,

    There are no games uploaded thus far. There is no one to input the games. Usually, the players will input the games themselves to help out, but that didn’t happen this time.

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