Ravishen Singh receives his trophy from Coreen Cabralis, Secretary
RAVISHEN SINGH came storming
through the second half of the 11-round national championship finals
to realise his long-cherished dream of emerging the country's top
chess player. In fifth place after five rounds, the 31-year-old law
student ploughed through a formidable list of opponents to finish on
eight and a half points, a full point ahead of defending champion FM
Ryan Harper, Keron Cabralis and Marcus Joseph who took second, third
and fourth places.
In this late run, Singh had a
string of victories against Cabralis in the seventh, Frank Yee in
the eighth, Marcus Joseph in the ninth and Frank Sears in the tenth.
In the last round on Sunday, he conceded a draw to Joseph Gill.
Singh has achieved his objective
after qualifying for the finals seven times, often finishing close
to the top. But his success comes not only from persistence; it is
also the result of his personal study of the game and the steady
improvement of his skills.
Singh played chess at St Mary's for
three years but began his tournament career in earnest in 2001. The
following year he demonstrated his class by winning a Silver Medal
at the Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia, scoring seven out of eight points
on board four. This year he has firmly established his ascendancy by
winning the national title and finishing the DeVerteuil Memorial
Open on equal points, six, with winner Frank Yee.
Impressive performances in the
finals also came from national junior champion Keron Cabralis and
Marcus Joseph who had a perfect score up to the fifth round. Their
place among the country's best is now well established and the chess
community must now expect great things from these two talented
The results: Singh 8.5, Harper 7.5,
Cabralis 7.5, Joseph 7.5, Christo Cave 6.5, Joseph Gill 6, Guelmo
Rosales 5.5, Cecil Lee 4.5; Frank Yee 4.5, Alex Winter Roach 3.5;
Frank Sears 3, Hayden Lee 2.
In the Women's Championship Aditi
Soondarsingh successfully defended her title with a perfect score of
nine points. She defeated Javanna Smith in the postponed game,
ending the neck-and-neck race between them.
The results: Soondarsingh 9, Smith 8,
Melissa Pereira 7, Stephanie Hosang 6, Yanna Lopez 4, Jade Noreiga
3, Gabriella Johnson 3, Rhea Eccles 3, Aliyah Hamid 2.
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