Monday, March 19, 2012
The Orange Walk tournament to select a team for the National Olympiad was held on March 1oth. 37 players took part in this great event. Sportsmanship and respect were on display throughout the tournament and we congratulate everyone on their participation. Those who were in only their first or second tournament will surely have learned a lot and gained much from the experience. Congratulations are in order to 1st place winners Leander Campos and Michael Campos, second place went to Ayleen Perez and Ryan Chi, in third place were Cesar Orantes and Gabriel Campos.
A big thanks to tournament organizers and tournament directors including, Jason Hsu, Eric Cal, Tzung-Ting (Andy) Ko, Nair Leiva, Christian Aban, Joshua Baeza, Mr. Perez from GGPPS
A big thanks to sponsors Belize Telemedia Limited, BNYCF and Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
There was a total of 40 students participated in this tournament:
from Guinea Grass Pentacostal Primary School, Yo Creek Chess Club,
New Hope High School, and Muffles High School.
Winners of 17 and under:
1st place : Michael Campos
2nd place :Ian Escalante
3rd place: Gabriel Campos
Winners of 13 and under:
1st place: Eleazar Garrido
2nd place: Giovan Guerra
3rd place: Leander Campos
Winners of beginners section:
1st place: Rudolph Jacobs
2nd place: Yoanlies Perez
3rd place: Adonis Serrano
Apart from awarding the top 3 winners in each section with medals, there were other awards:
(a) Ginely Rosado (Guniea Grass Pentacostal School)~ best female player
(b) Ethan Narvallez (GGPS) ~ the youngest player, 7 yrs old
(c) Amie Bustillos (GGPS) ~ best effort in beginner section
(d) Daniel Lara (GGPS)~ best effort in 13 yrs old & under section
(e) Ronaldo Leiva (Muffles) ~ best effort in 17 yrs old & under
(d) Vladimir Baeza~Muffles - a medal for the best puzzle solving
Thursday, October 20, 2011
On Saturday 15th October 25 chess players from Orange Walk along with Mr. Eric Cal and Mr. Abdias De Paz met at the sports complex for a day of training. The training was conducted by Mr. David Coombs and Mr. Jose Teul of the BNYCF.
At the start of the day we worked on some of the training exercises recommended by Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, we then practiced some end game methods, did some brainteasers and finally some whole games.
Orange Walk certainly have some talented players and we encourage them to keep on practicing and we are looking forward to seeing some of them on the 29th October in Belmopan.
As usual with young chess players, they are all enthusiastic, show great sportsmanship and are keen to learn more and challenge the best player.
On behalf of all the players and the BNYCF we would like to thank Mr. Eric Cal for his work and time in organising this training event, also thanks to other teachers and parents for supporting chess as a positive activity for young people.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The event was held at Muffles College in Orange Walk Town on a beautiful day. The sun was hot, but the competition was hotter. Prizes were awarded to the top 4 in each age section. Both districts compete against one another but pick their district teams accordingly.
Orange Walk’s awarded prizes to players in sections 10 years and younger, 11 to 12 years of age, 13 to 14 years, and 15-17 years old. In the 10 and under category, Luis Zavala (Yo Creek) earned first place followed by Victoria Yat (Guinea Grass) in 2nd, Jorge Blanco (Yo Creek) in 3rd, and Victor Noel (Yo Creek) in 4th place. The 11 to 12 years title was won by Jose Zavala (Yo Creek), followed by Jason Russel (Guinea Grass) in 2nd, Vieri Bustillos (Guinea Grass) in 3rd, and Daniel Lara (Guinea Grass) in 4th. 13-14 age section was won by Gabriel Campos (Yo Creek), with Yassir Gonzalez (Muffles) in 2nd, Fernando Garrido (Guinea Grass) in 3rd, and Roman Alvarez (Muffles) in 4th place. The 15-17 age group was won by Christian Aban (Muffles), followed by Dong Xiao (Muffles) in 2nd, Josh Baeza (Muffles) in 3rd, and Eber Nah (New Hope) finishing in 4th place.
Corozal awarded prizes to players in sections 8 and under, 9 to 10 years old, 11 to 12 years, 13 to 14, and 15 to 17. 8 and under section prizes were awarded to Aaron Tamay (Santa Clara), with Heizen Loria (Santa Clara) coming in 2nd , and Jessmie Pech (Santa Clara) and Owen Martinez (San Narciso) coming in 3rd and 4th, respectively. The 9 to 10 year old section was won by Keiderre Loria (Santa Clara), followed by Lisandro Yascal (Santa Clara) in 2nd, and 3rd and 4th place going to Christopher Perez (Santa Clara) and Zyrian Jaurez (San Narciso), respectively. The 11 and 12 year old division was won by Pedro Tamay (Santa Clara), 2nd prize to Orvin Carillo (Louisville), 3rd to Eyden Juarez (San Narciso), and Irene Perez (Santa Clara) coming 4th. The 13 and 14 year old section had Hector Loria (Santa Clara) in 1st followed by Shajir Pech (Santa Clara) in 2nd. The champion of the 15 to 17 section was Gilberto Perez Jr. (Santa Clara), followed by Nair Leiva (CJC).
The Adult section was won by Dr. Jose Lahera of Orange Walk town. There was a strong showing by all adults and we look forward to seeing more adult participation in the near future.
24 players from each district will be selected to compete in the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation’s Olympiad in Belmopan on May 21, 2011 for prizes on a national stage. Preparation and studying will now begin to get each youth ready for the big event.