Foundation School student Allon Richards, the reigning Pan American Scholastics under-15 champion, is the new Karl Sealy Memorial Chess Champion. He scored 6.5 points out of a possible 7 in an outstanding performance in which he won 6 games and drew one in 7 games.
The Karl Sealy Memorial Chess tournament is held annually during the Whitsuntide weekend to honour Karl Sealy who passed away in 1993. Karl Sealy was an avid player and an outstanding administrator. He served for several years on the executive of the Bridgetown Chess Club. Sealy was also known for his short stories which have been published and he was a
teacher at the Foundation School. It was therefore fitting that a Foundation student should take the crown.
Richards played solid throughout and only Yutien Poon who took the second place on 5.5 points managed a draw against him. In third place
was Orlando Husbands also on 5.5 points but behind Poon on the tie-break.
Following the top 3, on 5 points in tie-break order were Fide Master Delisle Warner, Steven Lucas and Roberto Castillo. The women’s prize was taken by young Emerald Medford of The Lodge School, and two other Lodge first-formers Trey Edwards and Cody Sargeant shared the Under-12 prize. Edwards and Sergeant also gained a partial fide rating and now only need a few more rated games to be internationally rated.
The Under-16 prize was shared in tie-break order by Shaquon Jones (The Lodge School), Giovanni Warner (Harrison College), Najah Porter (The Lodge School), Ntin Mahtani (Harrison College) and Tyrell Davis (The Lodge School).
Trevor Sealy, son of the late Karl Sealy, presented the prizes yesterday evening at the Chess Centre in Bridgetown during the closing ceremony.
The next event on the federation’s calendar is the United Insurance Primary Inter-school which gets underway this weekend at The St. Michael School.