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GCF rewards chess players for outstanding performance


Prize Winners (Photo: Raul Couchman)

The Guyana Chess Federation held its award ceremony on Sunday June 5, 2022 where players were given prizes for their outstanding performances in the sport over the past few months. This encompasses a total of five major tournaments: The Junior National Chess Championship, the National Women’s Qualifiers, the Women’s Championship, the National Open Qualifiers and the National Championship for 2022.


Ricardo Narine receives Championship trophy from GCF President Frankie Farley (Photo: Raul Couchman)

In the Junior National Chess Championship, 17-year-old Ricardo Narine was presented with his Championship trophy for earning the title of Junior National Champion 2022. Other players rewarded with trophies from the Junior Nationals are 2nd place Ethan Lee, 3rd place Rajiv Lee, 4th place Kyle Couchman, 5th place Keron Sandiford and 6th, 7th, 8th,9th and 10th place going to Ronan Lee, Sasha Shariff, Matthew Singh, Jessica Callender and Mayas Khan respectively.


Pooja Lam receives Championship trophy from Pamela Manasseh on behalf of KFC Guyana (Photo: Raul Couchman)

In the Women’s Chess Qualifiers, the top 9 females received medals with Jessica Callender receiving her first-place medal, 2nd place went to Pooja Lam, 3rd place Anaya Lall while 4th to 9th place went to Nellisha Johnson, Adia Alphonso, Maliha Rajkumar, Waveney Johnson, Angel Rahim and Elizabeth McRae respectively.


Pooja Lam received her championship trophy for her win at the Women’s National Tournament. She became the youngest National Women’s Champion at the tender age of 14 years in Guyana’s history.


The Women’s Nationals were first held in 2018 when WFM Maria Varona Thomas won the inaugural title. The most recent Women’s Champion was 18-year-old Sasha Shariff, who came second in this year’s tournament. She held the title since the Championship was last held in 2020 and had won at 16 years old. Other players awarded trophies from the Women’s Nationals are 3rd place Nellisha Johnson, 4th place Jessica Callender and 5th place Anaya Lall.


Wendell Meusa receives Championship trophy from tournament director Irshad Mohamed (Photo: Raul Couchman)

In the National Open Chess Qualifier, FM Anthony Drayton was rewarded for his win with Wendell Muesa coming in 2nd, Roberto Neto 3rd, Loris Nathoo 4th, with 5th to 9th places going to Frankie Farley, Ethan Lee, Rashad Hussain, Justino DaSilva and Rai Sharma respectively. They all received medals.


National Chess Champion for 2022, Wendell Meusa was presented with his trophy making this his eight National Title in Guyana. Taffin Khan received his trophy for his second place win with Anthony Drayton 3rd, Frankie Farley 4th and Roberto Neto coming in 5th place.


Due to the time constraint for naming the Olympiad Team for Chennai, India, the GCF hosted back to back tournaments over the last 3 months. The team for this event is expected to be announced later this week.

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