2003 Barbados Junior Open
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"Open Junior Chess Tourney starts Monday," The Barbados Advocate, 10 July 2003 (Barbados).

BARBADOS' junior chess players will have an opportunity to show-off their skill in the Sagicor Open Junior Tournament. Organised by the Barbados Chess Federation, the tournament opens on Monday and is expected to attract a large number of the island's junior players.

Sagicor group of companies is the main sponsor of the tournament which is open to players born on or after January 1, 1983.

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Headquarters at Dalkeith Road, St. Michael, will be the venue for the tournament.

Suriname's Junior champion
Avinash Wahi and compatriot Roshini Jagroep have confirmed their participation for the tournament.

Confirming their participation from Trinidad and Tobago are defending champion
Allan Munro, Sean Perryman, Marcus Joseph, Aschille Clarke-Mendes, Desiree Derrick, Antonio Gellineau and Imran Hosein.

Elson Askari will lead the local squad in the Blitz tournament which will take the form of an eight round Swiss.

Sagicor has joined forces with the Barbados Chess Federation to sponsor the "Sagicor Open Junior Chess Championships", which begin on Monday July 14th 2004 at the NUPW Auditorium, Dalkieth Road.

This is the 21st year that the Open Junior will be held and based on pre-registrations it will be the largest staging of the event to date.

Open to players born on or before January 1st 1983, over twenty overseas players from Trinidad, Jamaica, Suriname and Curaçao are expected to compete.

The largest overseas contingent will come from Trinidad with several of Trinidad's top juniors registered including two prior Open Junior Champions,
Sean Perryman the 1999 Champion and Alan Munroe last year's winner.

The Jamaican contingent arrived yesterday and will be making a strong showing lead by 2003 Jamaican Junior Champion
Alain Morais and 2002 Champion Daren Wisdom.

There will be eight rounds of action altogether, with the first round on Monday, two rounds on each of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the final round on Friday. Games start each day is 9:00 a.m., while prizes will be awarded in various age categories.

Alain Morais of Jamaica arriving at Grantley Adams Airport for the Barbados Junior Open. Copyright © 2002, Barbados Chess Federation.

Jamaica's Alain Morais arriving at Grantley Adams Airport.

Local organizers are expecting a strong turn out from the Barbados contingent. Key to the Bajan campaign will be 2001 Open Junior Champion Askari Elson. Askari who is one of the only two FIDE rated juniors from the English speaking Caribbean and a former member of the Istanbul 2000 and Bled 2002 Barbados Chess Olympiad Team, starts as Barbados' best hope to with the Sagicor title.

Juniors intending to compete, who have not registered as yet, are reminded that they should be at the NUPW Auditorium on tomorrow, Monday July 14th 2003, 9:00 a.m. armed with a pen or pencil and a chess clock, if possible.

Results, player profiles and games will be published on the BCF Web Site www.barbados.org/chess daily.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 12 July 2003