CICF Summer Rapid Tournament turns out successful with fierce competition

The 2023 CICF Summer Rapid Tournament, held on Sunday, June 18, at the George Town Public Library, witnessed fierce competition in both the Novice and Open sections.

CICF Summer Rapid Tournament turns out successful with fierce competition
CICF Summer Rapid Tournament turns out successful with fierce competition

The 2023 Cayman Islands Chess Federation Summer Rapid Tournament, held on Sunday, June 18, at the George Town Public Library, witnessed fierce competition in both the Novice and Open sections. With 37 registered players, the tournament showcased the remarkable talent and dedication of chess enthusiasts ranging from ages 5 to 72 years old.

In the Open section, the President of the Cayman Island Chess Federation, Shaun Tracey, demonstrated his exceptional skills and strategic prowess, securing an unbeatable 4.5/5 points to claim the first-place position. The battle for second place was closely contested, with Clifford Shaw and Jay-Ar Lualhati both scoring 4/5 points. In the end, Clifford Shaw clinched second place based on tie-break criteria.

The tournament also recognised outstanding performances in various age categories. Luc Sinton from Cayman Prep & High School was awarded the best Under 14 prize, highlighting his talent and potential in chess. Israel Martin’s impressive play earned him the Under 16 award, while John Moore and Michael Marzouca from St. Ignatius Catholic School were honoured with the Under 18 awards, further showcasing their skill and dedication.

In the Novice section, the competition was equally intense, with players battling it out over five rounds. Anvita Niranjan Patil from First Baptist Christian School emerged as the champion, displaying remarkable talent and determination. Lia Dimitrova from Cayman International School secured second place, while Dez Graham of Triple C School claimed third-place in a thrilling three-way tie.

Category prizes were also awarded in the Novice section to recognise exceptional performances. Ross Blackwood received the best under 6 prize, Lia was honoured with the best Under 8 prize, and Anvita showcased her exceptional abilities by earning both the best Under 10 prize and the top female prize. Dez’s impressive play earned him the best under 12 prize.

The CICF Summer Rapid Tournament celebrated not only the achievements of the winners but also fostered a sense of camaraderie among the participants. The dedication and sportsmanship displayed by all the players contributed to the success of the event.

As the tournament came to a close, the CICF and the participants expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to engage in high-level chess competition. The tournament served as a platform for players to showcase their skills, learn from one another, and strengthen the chess community in the Cayman Islands.

The George Town Public Library served as an excellent venue for the tournament, providing a conducive environment for strategic thinking and intense competition. The organizers extend their gratitude to the library for their support and cooperation in hosting the event.

The organisers look forward to future events and are committed to promoting chess and nurturing the talents of the participants. The success of the CICF Summer Rapid Tournament demonstrates the growing enthusiasm for the game and highlights the potential for further advancements in chess within the Cayman Islands.