Olympiad teams named


The Guyana Chess Fed­er­a­tion (GCF) has named the men and women’s teams who will rep­re­sent Guyana at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Septem­ber in Ba­tumi, Geor­gia. They are as fol­lows in rep­re­sen­ta­tive board order:

Men 1. Wen­dell Meusa,

na­tional cham­pion 2. An­thony Dray­ton 3. Taf­fin Khan 4. Loris Nathoo 5. Glen­ford Cor­lette


Women 1. Maria Varon­aThomas, na­tional cham­pion 2. Sher­riffa Ali 3. Yolan­der Per­saud 4. Nel­lisha John­son 5. Sasha Shariff


The Chess Olympiad is a team tour­na­ment which fea­tures four play­ing boards. A fifth, re­serve player is ac­com­mo­dated in the event a par­tic­i­pant falls ill, or if a player is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­cu­mu­late points and it is the par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tion’s de­sire to make a change.

The num­ber of reg­is­tered teams which par­tic­i­pated in the 2016 Chess Olympiad was 180 from 175 coun­tries in the Open Sec­tion, and 142 from 138 coun­tries in the Women’s Sec­tion. This year, the par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions are ex­pected to be a sim­i­lar gath­er­ing since chess at­ten­dance at Olympiads hardly dif­fer.

A num­ber of cri­te­ria was stip­u­lated for the se­lec­tion of the Guyana teams. Ac­cord­ing to the GCF, these were as fol­lows:

1. In­ter­na­tional FIDE chess rat­ings of all lo­cal play­ers - 5 points.

2. Par­tic­i­pa­tion and per­for­mances of Guyanese chess play­ers in lo­cal and re­gional tour­na­ments - 4 points.

3. In­ter­na­tional ti­tles of all play­ers - 2 points.

4. Other con­sid­er­a­tions such as po­ten­tials and dis­ci­pline - 1 point.

No ex­am­ples were given in re­la­tion to the man­ner in which the cri­te­ria worked.

The col­umn salutes the teams and looks for­ward with high ex­pec­ta­tions to their per­for­mances.

Chess sis­ters! Nel­lisha, 16 (left) and Waveney John­son, 17, en­joy­ing a game of chess. The girls are stu­dents of Christ Church Sec­ondary School and re­side in Ore­alla. They learnt their chess in Ore­alla be­fore com­ing to Ge­orge­town. Nel­lisha is a mem­ber...

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Glen­ford Cor­lette (left) on his se­lec­tion as a par­tic­i­pant of the men’s team to rep­re­sent Guyana at the 2018 Chess Olympiad. Cor­lette is ad­mired for his mild man­ners and solid dis­ci­pline. His chess games re­flect the same type of...

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