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Schoolboys score shock chess victories

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Wednesday, March 18 2009
Dev Soondarsingh, a 21- year-old UTT student, and Esan Wiltshire, 18, a CXC student, scored shock victories over national chessists Dr Edison Chang.
Their victories came in the third and fifth rounds of the first national championship chess qualifier being played at the Kings and Queens Chess Club, Arima Boys'. RC, Woodford Street, Arima.
Wiltshire won against Chang playing the Sicilian defence, then in the next round Chang came back to surprise former national champion (FM) Ryan Harper, playing in the qualifiers for the first time in three years.
But Wiltshire's hopes of being among the three qualifiers were dashed on Sunday when Soondarsingh playing with the black pieces answered Chang's King pawn also with King Pawn overwhelming his Guico Piano opening.
With the three favourites (Harper, Chang and Yee) out of contention youths have taken charge of the qualifiers occupying four of the leading five places entering the last two rounds this weekend.
Keron Cabralis the 14-year-old CIC student, Joseph Gill, 17, of Fatima and Kishore Ramadhar are out front each on four points followed by Soondarsingh and Wiltshire on 3.5 points.
Also, the national youth championships, in categories Under-14, U-16 and U-18 were completed at the same venue with defending national U-14 champion Cabralis narrowly beating Presentation College (Chaguanas) student Vishnu Singh to retain the tittle.
In the U-16 category, St Anthony's Alpacino Smith beat Presentation (S/Fdo) Kerry Singh to become the new champion.
Holy Cross' Kevin Cupid surprised Fatima's Joseph Gill to win the U-18 category over after a play-off. Sterling Ramroach was third. This year's national Junior/U-20 is schedule to begin on March 28.