T&T Has 2 New FMs and 1 New WCM!

Twelve (12) players from Trinidad and Tobago participated in the recently concluded Sub Zonal Chess Championships in Barbados over the period April 28- May 2, 2016.

The full contingent comprised:


 WCM Aditi Soondarsingh-National Women’s Champion

WCM Gabriella Johnson– National Under 16 Female Champion and runner up National Junior Female Champion

Shemilah James-National Under 14 Female Champion and 2nd runner up National Junior Female Champion.


CM Kevin Cupid-National Champion

CM Adrian Winter Atwell-2nd runner up National Champion

FM Ryan Harper-8 time National Champion

Other players included: FM Allan Munro, CM Dev Soondarsingh, CM Frank Sears, Andrew Bowles, Mikel Martin, Leonard Duncan.

At the end of 9 rounds, Trinidad and Tobago can boast of:

  • 2 new FIDE Masters (FMs): Adrian Winter Atwell and Kevin Cupid, who tied for 4th ( 6th place and 8th place respectively on the tie break)  and ended on 6 points. Each only had 1 loss.
  • 1 new Woman Candidate Master (WCM): Shemilah James, a 12-yr old student of St. Francois Girls; College, who ended on 5 points.

It is also noteworthy that 8 out of the 12 players obtained 50% or more during the tournament, which is the equivalent level of a Candidate Master performance.

The tournament proved to be very competitive and the titles were only obtained at the end of the final round.

Special mention also goes out to 14 yr-old Mikel Martin, from Naparima College, who had a strong tournament, with a draw against International Master Delisle Warner in the 1st round.

Please refer to chess-results for the final rankings:

Absolute:  http://chess-results.com/tnr218870.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821

Female: http://chess-results.com/tnr218871.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821


Nalini Suratsingh


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