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    Sagicor Open Junior Chess Championships sets off

    25.07.06:Sagicor Open Junior Chess Championships the premier chess tournament within the English-speaking Caribbean, set off yesterday at National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) headquarters. A record number of chess players are expected to participate in this year's tourney. Making up the list of competitors will be about 60 members of the Barbados Under-12, 14, 16, 20 and girls national junior squads, plus many other local players along with about 25 overseas players from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, The Bahamas, Aruba and newcomers St Lucia. Local chess hero Castilho will be looking to create local history by winning this event for a third consecutive time. Along with international rank junior player Martyn Del Castilho, under-16 chess champion and internationally ranked player Justin Blackman, Barbados Community College student and also internationally ranked player Shamell Howell, Under-20 chess champion Wendell Meusa along with rising stars Alex Jackman, Craig Clermond and rapidly improving female player Corrine Howard, are also among the top players participating in the tourney. Leading the charge for the overseas players are newly crowned women FIDE Master and first runner-up in last year's Sagicor Championships Deborah Richards from Jamaica, and rising stars from Trinidad and Tobago Christopher Raphael, Justin Salloum and Keron Cabrallis.

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