As a student at the University of West Indies, FIDE Master Joshua Johnson understands the important of being focused on a task. The 19-year old is Olympiad team member for Trinidad and Tobago and recently scored victor in a local tournament in the island’s capital Port of Spain.
FM Joshua Johnson (Trinidad & Tobago)
Newsday reported that the tournament began on December 29th at the Brian Lara Promenade, the venue named after the legendary cricket batsman drew 21 players and Johnson won 1st prize and $1,500 with an unbeaten score. Quinn Cabralis took home $1,000 and a trophy and FM Ryan Harper took 3rd with $500 and a trophy. The sponsors were KFC, Shoppes of Arima, Basic Transport, Payless Supermarket, Ministry of Community Development and Keith Hercules.
It was a good warm-up. I want to go away (abroad) some time this year, play some tournaments and raise my ratings.
Johnson, whose sister Gabriella Johnson is also a rising chess talent, is looking for opportunities abroad to express his talents. Chess is a family affair as his mother Sonja Johnson is the President of Trinidad and Tobago Chess Federation and on the FIDE Planning and Development Commission (PDC).
Tournament organizer Hayden Lee, President of Promenade Chess Club, wants to host more tournament and perhaps draw international attention and participation. It’s been several years since Trinidad & Tobago has attracted international acclaim.