The morning started with the award ceremony for Junior Coaches, who received certificates and medals from the Grand Master: Maricela Cocom, Erwin Wills, Carlos Cocom, Zack Anderson, Axel Garcia, Kevin Guerra, Kris Sanchez, Javier Lisbey, Ivor Pixabaj, Rick Pascasio, Dwayne Rodriguez, Machiver Choc, Hilberto Choc. Three junior coaches were awarded additional certificates for continues dedication to developing chess in their communities: Colleen Tate, Fitzroy Chan and Alfred Awe. Two Junior Coaches advanced to the level of BNYCF adult coaching certificate after passing written and oral part of examination and received BNYCF coaches certificates and awards: Akeem Jenkins and Steve Flowers. Santos Carbahal, received an award for continuous dedication of developing chess in his district.
After that GM Ashley faced 28 players that represented all the districts of Belize in the Simultaneous exhibition. Congratulations to the following participants: Toledo-Amir Coc, Juan Coy, Machiver Choc and Hilberto Choc; Orange Walk: Ryan Chi, Dennis Novelo, Gabriel Campos; Stann Creek- Alfred Awe, Javier Lisbey, Ivor Pixabaj, Kris Sanchez and Rick Pascasio; East Cayo - Lorenzo Cho, Carlos Cocom, Maricela Cocom, Akeem Jenkins; West Cayo - Vincent Hulse, Kevin Guerra, Simon Lotiff, David Coombs; Belize - David Martinez, Charlton Roches, Dwayne Rodriguez, Joshua Gegg and Steve Flowers: Corozal -Heisen Loria, Gerardo Gonzales, Michelle Briceno, Zyrian Quarez and Senior Group representative: Nellie Quigley.
Among the players was the current National Champion Charlton Roches, next to him, one of the strongest adult players David Martinez, and behind them you can see the support group from the Golden Kings and Queens chess group.
In the afternoon, Grand Master Ashley played blitz games against 15 participants with 2 mins on the clock for them and 1 min on the clock for the Grand Master. Congratulations to the Blitz participants: Leander Campos and Ayleen Perez from Orange Walk; Joshua Gegg, Dwayne Rodriguez and Mauricio Noble from Belize, Hilberto and Machiver Choc from Toledo, Orvin Carillo and Keiderre Loria from Corozal, Christian Velasquez and Kareem Jenkins from East Cayo, Vincent and Anthony Hulse and from West Cayo.
GM Ashley also presented BNYCF with the special package of Chess software, that was donated by Chess Base. We have a very limited amount of chess books and software, so this donation will make a great impact.
Special Thanks to Art Box for the great awards that they produced and donated to all 42 participants, Radisson Hotel, BTL and Caves Branch Jungle Lodge for sponsoring the event.
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