On Saturday the Marian Academy Chess Club held its termly chess competition at the school’s auditorium. This event saw 57 children (19 primary department and 38 secondary department) participating under competitive FIDE (World Chess Federation) tournament rules and regulation.
At the end of the event Ethan Lee continued his great performance in 2018 by playing undefeated in the secondary section tallying seven wins from seven games. While William Escarraga top the primary section with six wins from six draws to take the title from Ronan Lee who finished tied on five points with Bradley Walton, Joel Wong and Jamal Lanndery.
In the primary department, William Escarraga who lost only one game defeated his opponents convincingly with superb tactical combinations and mating patterns. Finishing 2nd was Louis DaSilva who tied on six points with William but had to settle from 2nd due to the Swiss system since Louis lost to William. Emerging in 3rd place was Bradley Walton who continues to show great improvements especially when he held won against Ronan Lee on time control playing for numerous stalemate patterns a clearly lost position.
While the bigger kids of the secondary department had a tougher fight, Ethan Lee continues to show his improvements in 2018. After finishing 4th in this year National Junior Chess Championship, Ethan had a good tournament at Carifta Chess Championships in Paramaribo, Suriname and he took the St. Stanislaus College Chess Championships this year. Now he is crowned Marian Academy Chess Champ for defeating all his opponents this time around. He defeated National elected female player Sasha Shariff in a much anticipated showdown that was played right down to a fantastic endgame. However, Ethan was too tactical for the young female sensation Sasha who took the best female prize in the secondary department. Taking 2nd also was another player in this year National Junior Chess Championship. Roshawn Washington finished on 5.5 points ahead of Odit Rodrigues, Sasha Shariff, Bradley Walton, Joel Wong and Jamal Lanndery respectively who finished on five points.