On Saturday 24th March the West Cayo Chess Association held their tournament to select 24 players to go to the National Chess Olympiad in May.
There were 44 competitors split into three age sections. Everyone played four games to determine the outcome. There were quite a few players in their first tournament who got a good experience of tournament chess where nerves play a part especially in round one.
There were some very close and interesting games where concentration was so important, one poor move can lead to defeat.
A big thanks to Hode's place for hosting the tournament. Thanks to Belize Telemedia Limited and the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation for sponsoring the event.
Over the next few weeks extra time will be spent practicing and trying to learn certain tactics before the Olympiad on May 19th. West Cayo have a good team but competition is very tough and all districts will be ready for competition with respect for all.