Trinidad and Tobago Chess Championship

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The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Championships are the annual individual National Chess championships of Trinidad and Tobago. Although chess was being played in Trinidad and Tobago from 1922 or earlier,[1] the first men's tournament took place in 1937.

Christo Cave is the player with the most wins to his credit, having won 13 titles.[2] However, several other players have managed to pull off multiple wins: Ryan Harper has 8 titles, George E. C. Stanford has 6, Frederick Edward Brassington has 5, Fred Sabga has 4, and Carl Brown and Shawn Tavares each have 3 titles.

There is also an annual National Women's Championship. Aditi Soondarsingh has won a record nine titles.

NOTE: The table below lists only the years when tournaments took place. There were no chess tournaments in Trinidad and Tobago in 1938, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1960, 1962, and 1963.

Year National Men's Champion
1937 George E. C. Stanford
1939 Dr. Aldwyn G. Francois
1942 Ralph Bersodi Jr
1944 Dr. R. O. Young
1945 Dr. Maxwell G. Sturm [3]
1946 George E. C. Stanford
1947 Dr. Maxwell G. Sturm
1948 George E. C. Stanford
1949 Rene Pratt, H.A. Mc Shine, George E. C. Stanford
1950 Rene Pratt
1951 Frederick Edward Brassington
1952 Tournament Unfinished
1953 Carl Brown
1954 Frederick Edward Brassington
1955 Eric Callender
1956 Frederick Edward Brassington
1957 Eric Callender
1958 Frederick Edward Brassington
1959 Carl Brown
1961 Frederick Edward Brassington
1964 Arnold Ramon-Fortune
1965 George E. C. Stanford
1966 Fred Sabga
1967 Carl Brown
1968 Arnold Ramon-Fortune
1969 George E. C. Stanford
1970, 1971, 1972 Fred Sabga
1973 Arthur Rudy Mohipp [4]
1974 Arthur Rudy Mohipp
1975 John Raphael
1976 Arthur Morris
1977 Kwame Payne
1978 Cecil Lee
1979 Arthur Morris
1980 Courtney Lee
1981 Edward Duchesne
1982 Shawn Tavares
1983 Franklyn Pierre
1984 Cecil Lee
1985 Yogendranath Ramsingh
1986, 1987 Shawn Tavares
1988 Yogendranath Ramsingh
1989 Edward Duchesne
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Christo Cave
1994 Anderson Gordon
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Christo Cave
2002 Ryan Harper[5]
2003, 2004 Christo Cave
2005, 2006, 2007 Ryan Harper
2008 Ravishen Singh [6]
2009 Marcus Joseph
2010, 2011 Ryan Harper
2012 Frank Yee [7]
2013 Ryan Harper
2014 Vishnu Singh[8]
2015 Kevin Cupid[9]
2016 Ryan Harper

List of women's champions[edit]

Year National Women's Champion[10]
1982 Ayodele Moheni
1983 Ayodele Moheni
1984 Marylin Geoffroy
1985 Ayodele Moheni
1986 Ayodele Moheni
2002 Desire Derrick
2003 Desire Derrick
2004 Aditi Soondarsingh
2005 Chantal Fitzpatrick
2006 Aditi Soondarsingh
2007 Aditi Soondarsingh, Jane Kennedy
2008 Aditi Soondarsingh
2009 Aditi Soondarsingh
2010 Aditi Soondarsingh
2011 Aditi Soondarsingh
2012 Aditi Soondarsingh
2013 Javanna Smith
2014 Gabriella Johnson, Javanna Smith, Shannon Yearwood[11]
2015 Aditi Soondarsingh[12]
2016 Gabriella Johnson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Carl (2005-07-20). "Chess: Where are the records? The game that lost its history". The Trinidad Guardian. 
  2. ^ Unknown, Reporter (2006-10-26). "Chess: New India Champs Crowned". The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 
  3. ^ Unknown, Writer (2013-05-01). "Chess: Dr Maxwell Sturm". The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, Carl (2012-05-28). "Chess: Ancient Set for Arrival Day". The Trinidad Guardian. 
  5. ^ Jacobs, Carl (2011-11-03). "Chess: Chess king Harper's elusive dream". The Trinidad Guardian. 
  6. ^ Unknown, Writer (2013-05-01). "Chess: Ravishen Singh receives his trophy from Coreen Cabralis, Secretary T&TCA". The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation. 
  7. ^ Jacobs, Carl (2012-11-14). "Chess: Frank Yee wins national title at last". The Trinidad Guardian. 
  8. ^ Unknown, Reporter (2014-11-20). "Chess: Vishnu Singh is Champ". The Trinidad Express. 
  9. ^ Jacobs, Carl (2015-11-05). "Chess: Cupid wins TT Chess Crown". The Trinidad Guardian. 
  10. ^ "History of Chess in Trinidad & Tobago". Dibe Church of the Nazarene. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  11. ^ "Three-headed women's championship". The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Cupid wins T&T chess crown". The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 

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