The Belize National Youth Chess Foundation’s third annual national chess tournament, “Chess Olympiad 2010” was held on Saturday, April 17th, at the UB Gymnasium in
First Place Team: 4C Chess Champions from Stann Creek, Fitzroy Chan of Delille High School, Jovel Chaic of Maya Mopan Primary, Zahira Chun of Hope Creek Methodist, Luis Tut of Delille High School, Coach: Rosana Chun. In addition to the team prize they got the travelling trophy that was won last year by Cayo Team.
Second Place Team: Supreme Pawns from Stann Creek, Alfred Awe of Ecumenical High, Delroy Chan of Holy Angels Primary, Ivan Pixabaj of Silk Grass Methodist, Javier Lisbey of Ecumenical High, Coach Ray Lawrence.
and:Medieval Knights of Stann Creek, Ivor Pixaabaj of Silk Grass Methodist, Jerome Sho of Silk Grass Methodist, Dolores Sho of Silk Grass Methodist, Herman Bull of Silk Grass Methodist, coach Pedro Pixabaj.
In the category of top female team, there was a tie.. and along with the Stann Creek’s Princess Pawns female team, Corozal’s Soaring Queens also won first place.
1st place female team from Corozal: Soaring
During the 2008 Olympiad, Stann Creek tied for first place team competition with
The Belize National Youth Chess Foundation CONGRATULATES and SALUTES the efforts of Brian Chun, his coaches, community volunteers and supporters in Stann Creek for their outstanding performance this year in the Team standings at the Chess Olympiad 2010.
And the Indvidual Winners are ..
With over 400 persons in attendance to support almost 200 chess players from across
Belize National Youth Chess Foundation coaches promote sportsmanship, team efforts, winning with humility and loosing with dignity, best efforts.. all these components and many more are a valued trait of “Ultimate Belize Chess Players”.
Governor General’s Special Award presented to: Gabriel Cocom, Cayo, highest rated young player.
Best Female Players: 8 and under:
Best individual players:
8 and under:
11 and 12 yrs:
From 5 to 85 Years Young.
This year’s Olympiad 2010, not only drew their highest attendance with just over 400 persons attending the Tournament, but also provided the most diverse group of players to date. This year, the team of the “Golden Kings and
At one point of the tournament, spectators saw the Golden Kings and Queens playing through a round surrounded by dozens of young children who were all offering their assistance and help to the senior players. Ian Anderson, national chairman of BNYCF stated, “to see these senior players surrounded by 5 and 6 year olds, chatting with and helping each other.. this is what life is suppose to be all about… a meeting of the generations.. a sharing of emotions. I know this will have an everlasting effect on both generations. I am most proud of these eight ladies and gentleman who have braved this new world of chess and children”. The eight members of the Golden Kings and
Mr. Lionel Kissling from
As usual, we also have a lot of other awards: for best efforts, for best sportsmanship, for the longest games and for the best puzzles solving.
Best visuals/banners-Toledo district
Best presentation at the opening ceremony- Stann Creek district
Special Award from Governor General to the Highest rated young player: Gabriel Cocom
Royal Guests join the Chess Olympiad 2010This years Chess Olympiad 2010 came into its own with over 400 attendees including almost 200 participants. Dancing in the aisles brings a new meaning as the opening ceremonies that included the Julio Garcia Stiltwalkers from
Royal Guests join the Chess Olympiad 2010
The first guests to enter the Olympiad Hall, escorted by King Arnold and his Queen Stacia were the Governor General Sir Colville Young; Honorable Simean Lopez, Mayor of Belmopan; His Excellency, Honorable Luis Manuel Lopez, Ambassador of Mexico; His Excellency, Honorable Vinai Thummalapally , Ambassador of the United States of America; His Excellency, Honorable Edgar Garcia, Ambassador of Costa Rica; His Excellency, Honorable Roberto Coutinho, Ambassador of Brazil; Mr. John Carr, Director of Banana Bank Lodge, a life sponsor of BNYCF, Mrs. Shelly Usher, Director of Builders Hardware, Belmopan, supporter of BNYCF and one of the sponsors of Olympiad 2010.