By Edna A.
Accra, June 11,
GNA - The 2019 National Youth Chess Championships which took place at the DPS
International School Auditorium, Tema, over the weekend with over 90 players
competed in seven different age categories; Under-10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and the
new Under-8 and girls-only categories.
event saw a new set of winners in all categories, an indication the competitive
nature of the sport and also gave room for improvement in each of these
Sovereign, a rising prodigy from Achimota Senior High School toppled defending
champion Rohan Karamchandani of Ghana International School, with a splendid
five points out of five performances to win the U-18 category.
performance from Joshan Shunjaiy of host school Delhi Public School (DPS)
secured him the top spot for the U-16 category, a position held by his school
mate Larry Vandyke, who took the second spot this time.
In the Girls
U-12 category, Angel-Jordan Quansah of International Community School secured
3.5 out of 5 points to place first. Talented Enoch Nenyo Kpodzi from Great
Stars Montessori also displaced defending champion John Allotey of Basics
International to second place in the Under 14 category.
The U-12 boys’
category was won by the adventurous Neequaye Jeffery from BASICS International
and was crowned the new ‘King of Chorkor’.
He took the
place of Alexis Rusquet of Lycee Francais d’Accra who didn’t participate in
this year’s edition.
passion and determination shown by Tianjie Gao of Ghana International School
ensured he took home the Under-10 national title previously held by Rohit
Godhwani of DPS International.
In the U-8
category, fearless and courageous 6-year-old Dave Quansah Acheampong won with a
perfect score. The young lad from Jack and Jill School is the first to hold
this title as it’s the first time the under-8 championships is being held.
participants showed great enthusiasm for the competition and were focused while
playing the matches. The matches clearly brought forth the eagerness with which
the youth are building their skills.
The winners of
the various categories were awarded with trophies, medals, and special prizes
for their efforts.
presentations were done by Mrs Tanya Thakwani, First Lady of Delhi Public
School International and Mr. David Raj together with Mr. Philip Ameku and Mrs.
Christiana Ashley of the Ghana Chess Association (GCA).
The GCA thanked
all families whose wards participated, DPS for hosting the event and also to
the hairman of B5 Plus Ghana Limited Mr. Mukesh Thakwani who provided special awards to all the medalists.