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Chess champions to rep Jamaica abroad

From Left to Right back: Leonia McKoy (accompanying parent), Arielle McKoy, Dr. Camille Edwards-McKennis (accompanying parent), Darren McKennis, Troy McKoy, and in front is Aaron McKoy.

A group of national age group chess champions will represent Jamaica in a friendly invitational chess tournament in Budapest, Hungary, from October 31 to November 3.

They are seven-year-old Aaron McKoy, 12-year-old Arielle McKoy, and 13-year-old Darren McKennis.

“The young champions are looking forward to the opportunity to represent their country and to learn from their European counterparts,” said Dr. Camille Edwards-McKennis, Chairperson of the Jamaica Chess Federation.

She, along with coach Troy McKoy and parent Leonia McKoy, will travel with the children.

“Any opportunity given to allow for overseas exposure for our children is great!” said Dr Edwards-McKennis.

She further said: “The way to build a nation of strong chess players is to start with a good foundation, and to start with our youth. Getting funding to support participation in local and international tournaments is what is going to allow for blossoming of the sport here in Jamaica and making our name known abroad.”

The Jamaica Chess Federation, in the meantime, expressed gratitude to all persons and entities that have given emotional and financial support to the chess players.

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