July 2nd, 2010

Checkmate – Pitterson Wins Sub Zonal, Gibson Leads Bahamians

By: Eddie Thurston

FIDE Master Jomo Pitterson of Jamaica broke the first place tie he shared with Woman Grandmaster Sarai Sanchez from Venezuela to win the Caribbean Chess Sub Zonal on Thursday at the School for Nursing at Grosvenors Close.

FIDE Master Jomo Pitterson of Jamaica broke the first place tie he shared with Woman Grandmaster Sarai Sanchez from Venezuela to win the Caribbean Chess Sub Zonal on Thursday at the School for Nursing at Grosvenors Close.

This is the first time the sub zonal was played in The Bahamas and in an English speaking country and it was deemed a success by members of The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) and the players that competed.

Pitterson mentioned that he was not only proud about winning but also proud that he was able to win the first sub zonal played in The Bahamas.

“There’s a lot of chess being played in the region and we normally don’t get to see the Bahamian players, so I’m excited to be apart of this,” he said.

Martyn Castilho from Barabados and 14-year old Keron Cabralis from Trinidad and Tobago rounded out the top four and qualified for the Zonal tournament.

Six Bahamian players competed but they did not fear to well against some of the more polished regional players.

Ken Gibson was the highest ranked Bahamian player; he finished in 20th position.
President of the BCF, Kean A. Smith, pointed out that our Bahamian players have a long way to go to compete on the level of other top chess players but that “we will catch-up.”

Source: http://www.jonesbahamas.com

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