University of the West Indies (UWI) medical science student Zachary Ramsay, was crowned the top junior chess player in the island, when the 2010 National Junior Chess Championship came to an end on Sunday at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Canteen on Old Hope Road.
Ramsay copped the title after finishing perfect with six points from six games, including a win over two-time defending champion National Master Damion Davy. Davy, who is also at UWI, studying actuarial sciences, had to settle for second place this time around, after ending on 4.5 points.
Third place went to the newest junior chess sensation, fourteen year-old Damani Reid of Ardenne High, who scored 4 points, which included a good win over one of the pre-tournament favourites Sahir Abbas and a hard-fought draw with the defending champion Davy.
The top five was completed by Calabar’s Shreyas Smith and Ardenne’s Jonathan Orgill, who both ended on 3.5 points to share fourth place. Six players shared sixth place with three points each, they include Sahir Abbas, St. Catherine High’s Nathan Hinds, Campion College’s Andrew Folkes, Miguel Asher of Wolmer’s Boys and Ardenne High’s Horace Sinclair and Twae-Jordan Rose.
Boasting the top two finishers, the UWI Chess Society was adjudged the top Chess Club followed by the Chess Whiz Kids Chess Club who trained the third place and both of the fourth place finishers. Ardenne High was the top High School.