Chess Tournament in Stann Creek, Nov 24th

Everybody felt welcomed that day because of the huge amount of efforts that the organizers, local clubs coaches and community volunteers put into it!

Reflection on the event by Brian Chun:

In an effort to promote mental discipline within our youths and encourage them to use a full range of life skills The Stann Creek Chess Club, the organizing body for Chess clubs within the Stann Creek district, as affiliated with the National Youth Chess Foundation, conducted its first of many chess tournaments on the 24th November 2007. A total of three high schools namely Delille, Ecumenical and Independence High School and seven primary schools Sacred Heart, Holy Angels, Christ the King, Hope Creek Government ,Siene Bight, Holy Ghost and Placencia Primary.

The day’s activity was filled with twenty boards being played at the same time where minds were challenged as table produces a winner after each game. The evening finishes off with the overall winners in each division being decided on final games. With additional recognition made to other players for best female ,best attitude for both female and male in primary and high school division. Additionally the National Youth Chess Foundation has offered a prize to attend their chess camp at Sibun River for overall best attitude, sportsmanship and good performance for primary school division to Ever Ramirez of Siene Bight Primary.


ECUMENICAL High School , Coach Mr. Ray Lawrence .

Team Members: Ian Avilez, Michelle Chun, Irice Reyes and Emil Montero.

HOLY ANGELS Primary School, coach Mr. Cornelius Cayetano.

Team Members: Melvin Velasquez, Rick Pascascio, Kris Sanchez, Thomas Polanco.

Results: High school division

1st place: Emil Montero (Ecumenical High)

2nd place: Michelle Chun ( Ecumenical High)

3rd place: Ivan Mejia ( Delille High)

Top Female player: Michelle Chun( Ecumenical HS)

Best Attitude(male): Ian Avilez (Ecumenical HS)

Best Attitude(female): Jeanette Chun ( Delille High)

Results: Primary School Division

1st place: Rick Pascascio (Holy Angels)

2nd place: Ever Ramirez (Seine Beight)

3rd place: Shamar Villafranco( Hope Creek)

Top Female player: Colleen Tate (Sacred Heart School)

Best Attitude(male): Joshua Moralez ( Seine Beight)

Best Attitude(female): Kyra Villafranco ( Hope Creek)

Puzzle Prizes:

Prize for the most completed puzzles: Amira Tate ( Sacred Heart)

Prize for for Crazy Math: Kyra Villafranco ( Hope Creek)

Prize for the 8 Queens Puzzle: Colleen Tate ( Sacred heart)

It was a perfect example of the collaborative effort of local chess clubs and Belize National Youth Chess Foundation. Special thanks must be made to volunteers especially Maritza and Debbie , and coaches from the Stann Creek District who ensure that we made the tournament a success.

This event was made possible through the kind contribution of: Minister of Sports Rodwell Ferguson; K's Air Conditioning and Repari; tackle Stop, Gems Photo, CBPL, Stann Creek Distributors, Mrs. Iris Montero, Tech Desings, Business Tech Solutions.