Cayman International team shines at FIDE World School Teams Chess Championship 

Cayman International School chess team gave a good performance in the FIDE World School Teams Chess Championship (U18) in Aktau, Kazakhstan, from 3-8 August 2023. 

Cayman International team shines at FIDE World School Teams Chess Championship 
Cayman International team shines at FIDE World School Teams Chess Championship 

Cayman Island: Cayman International School chess team gave a good performance in the FIDE World School Teams Chess Championship (U18) in Aktau, Kazakhstan, from 3-8 August 2023. 

Cayman Island Chess Federation extended congratulations to the winners, Istanbul ENKA High School, and thanks to the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and FIDE for organizing a splendid event. 

The CIS team, comprising Laia Swaminathan, Alex Mircioiu, Rachel Cardozo and Owen Franklin, scored 5 match points, and each player contributed to the team’s performance. 

Owen showed great skill to win each of his first four games; at the halfway stage he was the leading player in the entire event. Even in the matches they lost, the team was competitive, scoring at least one win in every round except one.

They acknowledge, with thanks, all those who made it possible for the CIS team to compete on the world stage, including parents, the school chess club manager (Krista Finch, assisted by Lou Dimitrov), CICF Youth Chess Director Ryan Blackwood whose vision and endeavour laid the groundwork for the team’s eligibility and participation, CICF Secretary Malcolm Powell who worked tirelessly in co-ordinating the team’s registration and other arrangements, and team captain Shea Cardozo.

They concluded with the remarks of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich to the participants:

“You are your countries’ real winners and stars, you have already achieved a lot, you came to the shore of the Caspian Sea from all over the world…We hope you go back home with pleasant memories, enjoy happy moments, and make new friends from different continents.

“A few months ago, we thought bringing more than 50 countries here would be almost an impossible mission, but together we made our idea a reality. And I want each and every one of you to dream of something that seems impossible and achieve it! The goal of FIDE is to achieve a chess boom in every county – this is not so simple, but not impossible!”