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Freshhh supports the rise of rural chess masters

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

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THE game of chess is recognised as a sport that requires strong mental discipline and as such students demonstrate the highest level of self-discipline which has manifested in them performing very well academically.

Adani Clarke and Jaleel Thorpe of the Bread of Life Christian Academy, and Joshua Christie, of the Trinity Preparatory school in St Catherine have proven to be true champions.

Not only do they excel academically, but they have been shining in the chess arena for the last two years. All three are training partners in the Royale Chess Academy's advanced programmes coached by National Chess Master Mikhail Solomon.

They have participated and excelled in numerous tournaments locally and internationally. Tournaments include National Age group Championship, Primary and Preparatory School Championship, St Catherine Chess Championship and the Miami Orange Bowl Chess Championship among several others.

Among their accomplishments are: Jaleel Thorpe -- Current Under-12 national champion, second place finisher at the 2013 Carifta Chess Championships and third in the Parish Championships. Adani Clarke -- Current parish and national female Under-12 champion; third place finisher at the 2013 Carifta Chess Championships in the female section. Joshua Christie -- Current national Under-14 champion, third place finisher at the 2013 Carifta Chess Championships and second place in Parish Championships.

At the recently held National Age-Group Championship other players from St Catherine also captured top titles. President of the St Catherine Chess Association Mikhail Solomon was named coach of the year 2014.

Success was achieved in a number of the categories. These include: first place in the Under-8 female category; first place and third place in the Under-10 female and male categories, respectively; first, second, third and fourth places in the Under-12 men's category; first place in the women's Under-12 category; first, second, in the men's Under-14 category and second place in the women's Under-14.

In the Under-16 and 18 men's category rural stars also copped second place. Sixteen-year-old Allistair Walker of St Jago High is the youngest National Chess Master in Jamaica. Adani, Jaleel and Joshua will be participating in the Carifta Chess Championship this weekend. The journey to Carifta this year would not be possible without the assistance of Trade Winds Citrus Limited, and the Freshhh brand. Freshhh has supported chess in the parish by sponsoring St Catherine Chess Championships.

The company has provided funding to assist the team in its preparation for their trip to Martinique. All three form part of a national delegation which departed the island earlier this week. The tournament runs from today through to next Tuesday.

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