“Trinidad and Tobago,” I patiently repeated for the second time.
“What?” She frustratingly retorted.
Fourteen-year-old FIDE master Keron Cabralis and national women’s chess champion Aditi Soondarsingh have been chosen by the T&T Chess Association as the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year respectively. As a result, the two will be in contention for national honours at the First Citizens Sports Foundation annual presentation next February. T&TCA president Quintin Cabralis said the Association was pleased to announce its selections on the basis of their outstanding performances during 2010. “We look forward to seeing better and better performances from all our young chess players so they can challenge for these honours as well.”
St Mary’s student Cabralis opened the year by winning the national Under-16 championship with a perfect score of seven points from seven rounds. He followed this up by taking the Knights Chess Club Open crown, finishing the seven-round contest on six points. In June he became the youngest Caribbean chess player to obtain the FM title when he placed fourth at the sub-zonals for the world championship in the Bahamas. Cabralis scored six points out of nine games, winning four, drawing four and losing one. With this performance he became the first T&T player to qualify for the Zonals which will be held in Equador next June.
Back home, Cabralis resumed his winning ways, sharing the first prize with FM David Finol of Venezuela in the Under-20 section of the Caribbean Chess Carnival. At the inaugural presentation of the Umada Cup, Cabralis resistered another outstanding performance by placing joint third with IM Gustavo Hernandez of the Dominican Republic. This feat included draws with two Venezuelan IMs, Raphael Prasca and Julio Ostos, who placed first and second in the international tournament. UTT student Åditi Soondarsingh won the Women’s national title with a perfect score of nine points from nine rounds. She has dominated the arena of women’s chess within recent years, winning the national championship a total of six times.