K.I.D.S. Chess Academy (Trinidad)

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 and under-18.

The following schools were represented respectively, Mucurapo Girls’ R.C, Atwell’s Educational Institute, St. Mary’s College, Presentation College, Chaguanas, St. Augustine Secondary, K.I.D.S Chess Academy, Curepe Secondary, St. Mary’s Anglican and Cunupia Government Primary.

Under-10 winners

In the under-6, the first place winner was Rehanna Joseph, second place was Mirakel Phillip, third place Josh Koo and with a tie for fourth place were Keira Yearwood and Brianna Yearwood.

In the 10 and under category, the first place winner was Shaquille Charles, the second place winner was Lebron Alfred, third place was Zachary Parsanlal all attend Atwell’s Educational Institute. The fourth place winners were Olubukola Shafe, Neria Charles and Tyrell Lewis.

Akennie Murray, Jonathan Thomas, Ronnie Nelson

The challenge trophy went to first place winners Mucurapo of Girls’ R.C. and second place went to The K.I.D.S Chess Academy and third place went to Atwell’s Educational Institute. In the under-16 category the first place winner was Ronnie Nelson, the second place winner was Akeenie Murray, third place was Jonathan Thomas and fourth place was Brandon Gibbs.

Participation medals were given to all the players of The Kids Chess Academy Scholastic Chess Championship 2011.

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our various sponsors: The Ministry Of Sports and Youths Affairs, Bermudez, Mr. Floyd Jackman and Save Our Children Foundation. A special thanks to the principal of Atwell’s Educational Institute, Missy Koo for the generous use of the school facilities. We would also like to thank the tournament director of K.I.D.S CHESS ACADEMY Lesley-Ann Nelson and her assistant Adrina Smith. We look forward to a successful 2nd Annual Scholastic Chess Championship to be held in 2012!

Thanks, again for your participation and continued support of this amazing opportunity for the children to express their love and dedication of the game of chess!

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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