Ja­maican ju­niors com­pete at 2018 World Cadets Chess Cham­pi­onship

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

THREE ju­nior chess play­ers from Ja­maica are cur­rently com­pet­ing at the FIDE World Cadet Chess Cham­pi­onships in San­ti­ago de Com­postela, Spain.

The event started on Novem­ber 3 and ends on the 16.

Bouyed by their re­cent per­for­mances at the Ju­nior Pan Amer­i­can Chess Cham­pi­onships in San­ti­ago, Chile, where they faced the best ju­nior chess play­ers from the Amer­i­cas, Cam­pion Col­lege stu­dents Dar­ren Mcken­nis and Arielle Mckoy, along with Har­ri­son Prep stu­dent Aaron Mckoy are now fac­ing the best ju­niors from all over the world.

Dar­ren Mcken­nis is the reign­ing Un­der-12 Na­tional and Carifta Ab­so­lute cham­pion and is com­pet­ing in the Un­der-12 Open sec­tion, while Arielle Mckoy will com­pete in the Un­der-12 Fe­male sec­tion. Aaron Mckoy, who is the 2017 Un­der-8 Carifta Chess cham­pion, will com­pete in the Un­der-8 Open sec­tion.

When asked how it feels to play against the best in the world, Mcken­nis was res­o­lute in his re­sponse. “With the ex­po­sure to dif­fer­ent play­ing styles, strengths, cul­tures, there is no bet­ter way to de­velop. My hope is to be­come one of, if not the youngest Ja­maican na­tional cham­pion, and along the way earn many in­ter­na­tional chess ti­tles.”

This is Mcken­nis’ fifth in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment for the year and will surely be one of his big­gest tests.

The FIDE World Cadet Chess Cham­pi­onships is the most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment for ju­niors on the global chess cal­en­dar, and in­cludes par­tic­i­pants un­der 12 years of age from over 180 coun­tries.

Un­der-12 Fe­male player Arielle Mckoy ready to face her next op­po­nent in the gru­elling 11-round bat­tle.

Un­der-12 Open player Dar­ren Mcken­nis drew his first round against an op­po­nent rated some 400 FIDE points higher.

Un­der-8 Open player Aaron Mckoy (right) faces Spaniard Lois Quin­tos Otero, whom he went on to beat in the third round.

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