President of the Guyana Chess Federation James Bond (centre) with the winners of his Birthday Bash Celebratory Chess Tournament, which was held on Saturday, February 2. Bond created a one-day, 12-round Blitz Chess Tournament to honour the nation’s youth who adore the speed chess phenomenon. On Bond’s right are the Seniors: Anthony Drayton, Davion Mars and Roberto Neto and on his left, the Juniors: Andre Jagnandan, Saeed Ali and Joshua Gopaul, representing first to third in both categories.

Chess got off to a roaring beginning this year as two successive tournaments were held in late January and early February.

Added to this development, the news fairy has announced that the qualification process for the 2019 Junior National Championship will begin shortly, followed by the qualifications for the Seniors. In relation to the Women/Girls categories, it is not clear how this aspect will happen; there are not many women who play competitive chess. Though it is on the rise among the youth.

This is evident in the seasoned top schools…..

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