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Itís time for Chess! #463803
05/07/13 05:52 AM
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On Saturday, May 11, all roads will lead to the YB Gymnasium in Belmopan for the 6th annual Chess Olympiad. Organizers say 150 of the best chess players ranging in ages from 5 to 17 years old from all over Belize will compete in this yearís tournament. The tournament commences at 7:50 am on Saturday and all are invited to come see the young people of Belize taking part in a positive competition.

Patrick Jones

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05/12/13 04:59 AM
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Photos here ... and here ...

Re: Itís time for Chess! [Re: Marty] #464299
05/14/13 06:14 AM
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Belize Chess Olympiad Pictures
More great pictures from the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation's Chess Olympiad. Great to see so much interest in a game that teaches strategy and critical thinking. They really transformed the UB gymnasium for the event. They even had stlit walkers show up. "Teams from across the country travel to Belmpan to compete in 'the game of WAR' Once again a wonderful day as Stann Creek defended the National title. Special thanks to our fearless President Pedro Pixabaj who lead us to victory again!"

Re: Itís time for Chess! [Re: Marty] #464371
05/15/13 05:12 AM
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Chess Olympiad

On Saturday, The Belize National Youth Chess Foundation, held its 6th annual CHESS OLYMPIAD at the UB GYM in Belmopan. 140 of the best youth chess players in the country participated and Brent Toombs of OXA Productions helped us out with this story on the grand event.

Monica Bodden reporting
As per tradition, the Chess Olympiad started with a rush of fanfare and pageantry but once the opening was done all the bells and whistles were hushed and the players were left to the beauty of strategic silence of their game. Black versus white within the confines of 64 squares - a battle of mental might.

Ella Anderson - National Programme Director, BNYCF
"We really see the best players from all the districts because the idea of the Olympiad is that all players who want to participate have to go through the qualification tournaments in their district and then the best 24 players from each district qualify to play here."

This year the tournament directors are kids whoíve come up in the programme

Ella Anderson
"A lot of our junior coaches qualified now to be the tournament directors so this is the first Olympiad when we have four of our players who studied with us, learned how to play the game and today they are working as Tournament Directors."

Coleen Tate, Tournament Director
"I started playing chess when I was eleven years old, I basically grew up with them for six years of my life doing chess and more"

Ella Anderson
"Coleen is incredible because she puts so much positive energy in what she's doing."

And itís not just chess, this yearís theme is wildlife:

Gillian Kirkwood - Belize Wildlife Conservation Network
"It absolutely makes sense to teach the children to have compassion for animals to have respect for each other, respect wildlife and to send a message to the children because these are the ambassadors for our future. If we can start with the children at a very young age, understanding the wildlife's rule and regulations and how important it is to leave the wildlife in freedom - then the children get that message and they get it through chess."

- In the team event, 1st place went to Stann Creek district and 2nd place to Orange Walk.
- For the Individual results, in the 8 and under category, 1st place went to Heizen Loria, form Corozal
- For the 9 and 10age range, 1st place went to Aaron Tamay from Corozal.
- In the 11 year old range, 1st place went to Gilbert Tescecum, of Toledo.
- First for 12 year old was Vincent Hulse, from West Cayo.
- For 13 and 14 year oldís 1st place went to Jerome Sho of Stann Creek.
- And for 15 year oldís Steve Flowers, of the Belize district was first.

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05/20/13 04:55 AM
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2013 BNYCF Chess Olympiad

The BNYCF has released a video from the Olympiad they had at the UB gym last week. They really went all out for the event, ensuring that the kids will never forget it. The list of winners and more pictures can be found on their website.

"Highlights and interviews from the 2013 Belize National Youth Chess Foundation Olympiad."

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