Youngsters taking part in Wednesday's Indian Arrival Day One Day Rapid Play chess tournament at Presentation College, Chaguanas, will have a unique opportunity to see a genuine piece of history of this centuries-old sport. On display will be an ancient chess set brought from Rajisthan, India, by Ved Janwani, Managing Director of Indus Merchant Ltd, sponsors of the tournament. According to historians of the game, chess originated in India and eventually spread to the west along the ancient trade routes. Over the centuries the pieces evolved into the present queen, king, rook, bishop, knight and pawn.
The tournament will be played in four age categories, Under 12, Under 14, Under 20 and Novices. Cash prizes, trophies and other items will be presented to winners in each category. The eighth annual event is being organised for the first time this year by the T&T Chess Foundation. President Edison Raphael said he was delighted that the Foundation was asked to present the popular event which would also help juniors prepare for the Caribbean Chess Carnival to be held at Queen's Park Oval from August 2 to 5. Raphael noted that youngsters of the Indian community in T&T were taking an increasing interest in the sport although a number of Indo-Trinidadians had emerged at the top over the years, including national champions Rudy Mohipp (1973, 1974), Yogendranath Ramsingh (1985, 1988) and Ravishen Singh who won the title in 2008.