ROTARY CUREPIPE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2017: AMARB HIDA IN THE LEAD AFTER DAY ONE
The Rotary Curepipe Junior Chess Championship 2017 attracted a good turn-out of 42 young players from RCC,LCC,LCQB,St Joseph,Abdool Rahman,SSS Belle Rose,Renasence,Lycee Labourdonnais colleges as well as Robinson Govt School,Clavis and IPS , all vying for titles in the three categories namely 18 and Under,Under 12 and Best Female player.
After three rounds were played on Day 1 only three players are on a perfect score and it is 9 year old of the International Prepatory School,Mapou,Amarb Hida (of albanian/ U.S. descent) who leads on tie-break ahead of another promising 9 year old Kenji Ng and the oldest competitor 18 year old Gyanesh Digumber from RCC. The latter has twice won with the Scholar's mate trap but in the fourth round he will face the leader Amarb Hida and the latter will surely come well prepared aginst that shock tactic.Kenji Ng looks a promising player who develop his pieces well before taking advantage of his opponent mistakes to bring home the point.
Another player in the running is experienced Vagish Andhin ,the sole representative of Lycee Labourdonnais who should have been on 3 wins but he stalemated his opponent Genevieve Samuel (St Joseph) in a winning position. The latter is the best placed player for the home college,sitting in 5th place on 2.5 points and he precedes Aryan Neil Baldan (RCC) who completes the list of 6 undefeated players after the first day of competition.
On the girls side we have 9 competitors challenging for the Top female prize and after 3 rounds we have 3 players Uvika Essoo (LCQB), Stephanie Lee You Voon (LCQB) and Charlotte Labour (Pierre Poivre) on 2 points with the two Loreto Convent Quatre Bornes representatives leading on tie-break. Their nearest competitor on 1.5 points is Mary Eileen Ramasawmy (LCQB) and it looks like the Girls title will be contested by the four girls unless we see a late rush by the other 5 girls.The competition continues on Day 2 with the final 3 rounds ,starting 9.30 hrs Sunday 26 February 2017
The Rotary of Curepipe represented by Ramesh Moonshiram and his team made a speech praising the competitors for attending the event despite the resumption of school activities/week-end tution.The MCF represented by President Hurrynarain Bhowany and Vice-President Patrick Li Ying were happy to see so many young players, especially the good turn-out in the girls section, they stressed the good choice made by the kids to choose Chess as an extra-curricular activity /hobby. Chess will bring them many educational benefits and being a top chess player at national level is a bonus on a school leaving C.V. with many overseas universities specially in the United States considering scholarships/part-scholarships for students who have excelled in Chess.
Round 4 pairings can be found at the following link
Standings after 3 Rounds