By William Ysaguirre – Freelance Writer
Twelve year old Kris Sanchez, a Std VI student at Holy Angels Primary School in the Pomona Valley, Stann Creek district, won all five of his matches to place first in that district Youth Chess Tournament hosted by the Stann Creek Chess Association (S.C.C.A.) at the Stann Creek Ecumenical College on Sunday, March 22.
Gilbert Parham, a 13-year-old Std VI student also of Holy Angels won four matches lost a fourth round but won his fifth to rank second in the tournament.
Eleven year old Tony Sho, a Std VI student at Red Bank Christian School, lost his third round match, but won his fourth and fifth matches to finish at third place in the standings.
Thirteen other finalists will join Kris, Gilbert and Tony will be representing the Stann Creek district at the 2nd National Chess Olympiad to be held in Belize City on April 25.
In the 13 and older division, Gilbert will be joined by Luis Tut and Fitzroy Chan. Edwardo Chen joins Kris and Tony in the 11-12 year old division, while Lloyd Augustine, Herman Bull and Ivan Pixabaj will represent in the 9-10 division and Kenrick Francisco, Jovel Chiac and Damian Andrews will compete in the eight- and- under division.
Amira Tate, Kennia Francisco, Shemadine Pop and Rajel Villafranco will compete among the girls.
The SCCA held its first regional tournament last October, with a total of 52 young chess players representing eight schools: Holy Angels, Red Bank Christian, St Matthew’s School of Pomona Valley, Hope Creek Government School, Hope Creek Methodist School, Sacred Heart School , Christ the King Methodist School of Dangriga and Silk Grass Primary School.
Of these the top four from each school, a total of 26 players advanced to Sunday’s tournament.
The Belize Chess Association held a similar district tournament in Punta Gorda on Friday March 20.
The district finals for the Belize district have been set for April 4.
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