R.J. Nelson set to play in 2005 Orange Bowl
Trinidad Trinidad Trinidad

The Chess Drum community has not heard from Ronnie "RJ" Nelson since the HB Global Chess Challenge and his "Friendship Match" with Jayel Taylor, but the Trinidadian is set to make his presence felt at the 8th Junior Orange Bowl Scholastic Chess tournament.

The tournament is to be held in Miami, Florida (USA) December 27-29th and will attract players from the Caribbean, Latin America and the continental United States. Ronnie participated last year and won 3rd place in the 10-and-under section. Ronnie hopes to take first in this year's six-and-under category.

His aunt and chaperon,
Lesley-ann Nelson contacted The Chess Drum and made a plea to the community to assist Ronnie in making this trip. In the 11th hour, she was able to find sponsors for the trip.

Ronnie posing with GM Maurice Ashley
at the HB scholastic tournament
(Photo by Lesley-ann Nelson)

"Once again this will not be possible without the kind sponsors of Annaleen Bob of American Airlines, William & Tiffany Kennedy, Mark Pidal, and Yvienne Lawrence. They deserve a warm congratulations and a high-five for their generosity. Both R.J. and myself would like the world to know that the spirit of Christmas is alive, and angels do exist."

Young Ronnie was also the subject of a two-hour interview at Trinidad's Cable news Channel 3 detailing the importance of chess. Ronnie's story was a testament to the value of chess in assisting with critical thinking, reading skills, mathematical skills and team spirit. The show was hosted by "Gisselle" and also featured Lesley-ann Nelson and Akennie Murray, both of Kids Chess Club. Ronnie will be representing Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association at the Tournament and Kids Chess Club.

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Players interested in participating should e-mail Arden Dilley at adilley@bellsouth.net for details.

Orange Bowl Scholastic Chess Championship
December 27-29, 2005
Embassy Suites Hotel - Miami International Airport
3974 NW South River Drive
Miami, FL 33142

Posted by The Chess Drum: 24 December 2005