MARIGOT: The St. Martin Championship took place last month at the Hotel La Samanna, the highlight of the season in the French part of the island. With 24 players, coming from the four corners of the island and 2 from St. Barth, the record of participation in a chess tournament was beaten.
Before playing their 8 rounds of 2×10 minutes, the players respected a minute of silence in homage to one of their own, Roger Renaud, multiples champion of St-Martin, recently deceased at 84 years old.
Avalon Washington was the favorite to defend its title. With 8 victories in as many games, one would think that he had once again made a clean sweep. But this was not the case, as two players, in particular, held him up, narrowly missing the chance to topple him from his pedestal.
On the women’s side, the decisive game took place in the 4th round between Penelope Alric and ZoitzaPérifan. The latter won with the blacks after a passionate game. The only young player, unfortunately, Ivan Bourseau did not lose, he finished honorably with 3 victories and a draw against adults impressed by his audacity.
After 4 hours of combat, many prizes were distributed to all, offered by the hotel Le Barthélemy, Dauphin Telecom, SxmCopieur, Au Temps des Fleurs, La Boutique du Tabac, Love Shop, Chez Fernand, the stores of Marigot, Billabong, Max Mara, Timeless Spirits, Beach Party, La Maison, Café Olé, Goldfinger, the stores of Howell Center, Home Saga, King Jouet, and the restaurants Be Kool, Enjoy and MC Donald’s. For information: 0690551214.
1 WASHINGTON Avalon: Philpsburg: 8
2 VASWANI Yashwant: Cupecoy: 7
3 DESTIN Miguel: Mont Vernon: 6
4 RICHINSIN Jules: Quartier d’Orléans: 5,34
5 BERDIER Sylvain: Marigot: 5,33