The Ministry of Tourism & First Citizens Asset Management sponsored the Record breaking Subzonal Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago.
The Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association, with sponsorship from The Ministry of Tourism and First Citizens Asset Management Ltd, hosted the largest ever World Chess Championship Qualifier in our region’s (Subzonal 2.3.5) history. The tournament which ran from March 27th to April 1st 2014 at the Ambassador Hotel, had 55 participants, 11 more than the previous record. Another record at the tournament was the number of International Chess Titles awarded. After fierce battles in 243 games over 6 days, 25 titles – 2 International Masters (IM), 5 FIDE Masters (FM) and 18 Candidate Masters (CM) – were awarded. Judy Oxley-Fullerton, Marketing & Sales Manager at First Citizens Asset Management, was on hand to distribute certificates to the new Masters. She also took time to give words of support, hope and consolation to Trinidad star, Ryan Harper, who just missed out on Trinidad & Tobago’s long-awaited first IM title.
Here is a full list of all the new title holders: IMs are Delisle Warner of Barbados and Ariel Marichal Gonzalez of Venezuela.
The new FMs are: Jose Mora of Venezuela, Jasel Lopez of Aruba, Gian Arvelo of the Dominican Republic and Allan Munro & Marcus Joseph of Trinidad & Tobago.
The new CMs are: Romario Sanches, Gavin Ooft & Auke Treu all of Suriname; Jorge Chavez, Cesar Ramos Caldera, Carlos Guaimare & German Herrera all of Venezuela; and Adrian Winter-Atwell, Ravishen Singh, Joseph Gill, Esan Wiltshire, Kevin Cupid, Vishnu Singh, Frank Sears, Dev Soondarsingh, Cecil Lee, Yogendranath Ramsingh & Daryl Davis, all 11 from Trinidad & Tobago.
Details of the tournament can be seen on Chess-Results website: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr129636.aspx?lan=1&art=1&flag=30&wi=821
This Subzonal was a good sign for the Region and of course for Trinidad & Tobago. Our players have gotten stronger and soon we will break the barrier and produce Grand Masters.
Let me close our coverage of the 2014 Subzonal 2.3.5 by saying thanks to all who made it possible. Thanks to the Subzonal organizing committee led by T&T’s Sonja Johnson. The committee worked tirelessly to make the tournament a success. Sincere thanks to the entire team including Trevor Flower, Mala Agostini, Debra Walcott, Roderick Noel and Coreen Cabralis, on behalf of all the players and spectators (I am sure they will all agree). Special thanks also to Mr. Carlyle Singh, Mrs. Sandy Razark, Mr. Courtney Lee, C.M. Daryl Davis, pan man Kena Bartholomew, dancers Nikeilia Chuniesingh & Kevon Butcher and our 2 arbiters: President of Zone 2.3, Senor Erick Hernandez, and General Secretary of FIDE America, Mr. Russell Smith. Very special thanks also to partners of the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association: the Ministry of Sport, the Port of Spain City Corporation, the Ministry of Trade, Guardian Group, Ambassador Hotel, Acts 25 TV, Guardian Newspaper, Viewpoint photography, Studio Works Ltd., Hi-Lo Food Stores, Mr. Randall Headley of RH Designs, Blue Waters, the Barbados Chess Federation and the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee. We appreciate your support for chess. Above all we thank the Ministry of Tourism & First Citizens Asset Management for their sponsorship of the Subzonal; without them there would be no Subzonal.
I wish everyone from our region happy chess playing and God’s richest blessings. May we deepen our bonds of friendship even as we fight on the chess board.
Anderson Gordon, President of Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association