Guyanese players speak of Chess Olympiad experience

first_imgTHE 42nd Chess Olympiad was held in the Baku, Azerbaijan from the 1st -14th September 2016. The Guyana Chess Federation (GCF), in keeping with the aspirations of bringing chess back to life in our country, sent a delegation of 12 persons to this event.The newly crowned WFM Maria Varona-Thomas considered this Olympiad a phenomenal one. Although this was her second Olympiad, it was her first time playing in the women’s division. Thomas ‘felt at home’ playing in this section, and is still thrilled about her achievements.For Sheriffa Ali,the 42nd Chess Olympiad was definitely an unforgettable experience. She talked about the kindness and warmth of the people,and meeting chess players from all around the world. “I was honoured to play in the tournament representing my country. The best part of it was returning home with my new title Woman Candidate Master (WCM).”The Clementson sisters spoke extensively about their amazing experience at the Chess Olympiad;one that was filled with the awe of Baku’s breathtaking aesthetic, the camaraderie shared between teammates,and even the competence of team management.Although there were some disappointments, the efforts put in place by the Baku officials and the warmth offered by other teams provided great consolation. To Jessica and Julia, this Olympiad was their first in many respects;including their first big international tournament,and being a part of the first female team to represent Guyana in chess (on such a platform).Team member Yolander Persaud had this to say: “The 42nd Chess Olympiad was the most challenging tournament I’ve ever participated in. Upon self-evaluation, it made me realize that I needed more training and tournament experience. The female team was given the privilege and opportunity to be guided by a Grand Master during the Olympiad, and for that I would like to thank FIDE,and GM Georg Mohr for the patience, understanding and support extended to us during his tutelage.”Another team member Roberto shared his thoughts: “My journey to the Chess Olympiad was filled with trills, and was definitely considered a life learning experience. I was able to tour and transit a lot of countries I never thought of going to. The people in Baku were very friendly. Concerning my performance, I was a bit disappointed,since I was hoping to at least earn a Candidate Master’s title. Despite this letdown, I was happy that I met the U.S.A champion and the World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Thank you to the Guyana Chess Federation for the experience of a lifetime.”CM Ronuel Greenidge was happy to be on the national team again. “Things didn’t work out for me in the tournament as planned and I will be making the necessary adjustments (to) come back stronger. I thank God and the Sponsors who made it possible for our team to play in this prestigious tournament.”Haifeng Su,another team member,said, “ My experience at the Chess Olympiad was rather comforting, rather than seeing as another tournament. The comfort lies in the way everyone puts their differences aside just to play the simple sport:Chess. I’m privileged to be a part of this event, an event I can call a milestone. If I were to do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate to represent my home Guyana.”Taffin Khan also shared his view: ‘My experience at the 2016 Chess Olympiad was very enjoyable. It was one of the hardest tournaments I ever participated in. I met a lot of new and interesting people from different parts of the world. Baku is one of the most beautiful cities I ever saw and I would love to go back there someday to play chess.”The GCF and the players who participated in the event would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to every sponsor, well-wisher and the media houses who supported their cause. Our sponsors included the National Sports Commission, Courts Guyana, E-Networks Inc., Kings’ Jewelry World, ECI Construction, Dr SenGupta & Associates, Fix- It Hardware Depot, Eastern Airlines, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales,and Attorney-at-Law James Bond.last_img read more

Joey Sankey overcomes difficulties of collegiate recruiting, becomes all-time points leader at North Carolina

first_imgJoey Sankey spent thousands of hours playing lacrosse in the small backyard of his twin home in Warminster, Pennsylvania.Every day, he’d play with his older brother, Ryan Sankey, for about 40 minutes until Ryan got bored, then he’d spend another hour or two practicing by himself.Sankey played so much that the grass was constantly torn up in his backyard. He ripped shot after shot on goal to the point that the neighboring house was covered in dents and his neighbor started stealing his lacrosse balls.“I would just be out there with my dog,” Sankey said. “I would shoot and she would chase it and I would have to get the ball back from her. It was a fun time.”Sankey, though, never expected the success he’d eventually receive. His dream didn’t extend past Salisbury, a small Division III school in Maryland. Instead, North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi took a chance on a player that most Division I coaches weren’t interested in because of his small stature.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSankey’s used his stick skills and gritty play to become the all-time career points leader at UNC. He’s been motivated and pushed by his father to help overcome his 5-foot-5 stature.And when he and the No. 2 Tar Heels (12-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) take the field against No. 4 Syracuse (9-2, 2-2) on Friday at 8 p.m. at PPL Park in the first round of the ACC tournament, Sankey will only be adding to his surprising career.“I was one of the few teams that looked at him and felt like he could make an impact,” Breschi said. “… He’s been tremendous for us for the past four years.”Sankey started playing lacrosse in first grade. But as with every other sport, he played with Ryan on a team two years above his age group, coached by his dad.His dad was tough on him, and so were his brothers. After any bad game, Sankey’s dad reminded him of his performance during the car ride home and at the dinner table. He and his brothers, one two years older and the other eight years older, would sometimes get into fights.“Both of them could still kick my ass, but I definitely had to try and get as tough as I could from them,” Sankey said.Sankey idolized former Syracuse star Mikey Powell, trying to imitate his moves from highlight reels posted to YouTube.Eventually Sankey’s neighbors complained to his parents about the dents in their home and Sankey’s dad bought a batting cage for Sankey to shoot in. As he got older, Sankey needed to shoot farther away from the net, so he cut one side off the batting cage and was able to shoot from anywhere in his yard.“There was a lot of pressure to not be known as the coach’s son who’s just on the team because he’s the coach’s son,” Sankey said. “I was always really conscious of that and never wanted people to think that I got anything just because of my dad.”People questioned Sankey’s size and fragility, but when he played well against a team with D-I committed lacrosse players at a club tournament during his freshman season, he realized D-III wasn’t his ceiling.The public high school by Sankey’s house didn’t have a lacrosse team, so he attended William Penn Charter (Pennsylvania), a private school with a highly rated lacrosse team.When Sankey arrived at UNC, he looked at the players in front of him, including now-Syracuse senior Nicky Galasso, and wasn’t convinced he could find playing time.“I definitely questioned myself,” Sankey said. “… I was a little doubtful of whether I could do it or not.”In scout team practice, Sankey impressed, grabbing passes and scoring behind the back in midair, before earning a spot on the field.“Even guys like Jack McBride who was already a two-time All-American would stop and watch,” UNC attack Jimmy Bitter said.Now three years later, Sankey’s second on the team with 60 points and has 217 in his career. Everything he’s been able to accomplish goes back to his early years of playing lacrosse and the hours he dedicated in his backyard.Said Sankey: “I think that definitely made me the player I am today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more

What Position BiH is on according to Export of Football Players?

first_imgBrazil is the biggest exporter of football players and Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the high 16th place, stated the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES).The study included 31 European leagues and Brazilians are leading with 469 players. Following are French (312), Spaniards (201), Serbians (189), Argentinians (168), Germans (149), Croatians (141), Dutch (134), Portuguese (130), Nigerians (118), and English (105) and Swedish (101).Bosnia and Herzegovina has 80 players who play outside of their homeland. Countries with the least international players are Scotland and Israel (18), stated the CIES.While conducting the analysis, CIES took into consideration the birthplace of players, so there are only five players from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the leagues of five, although that is not entirely accurate data.France has the most players in five strongest European leagues, and it is followed by Brazil and Argentina.(Source: read more

The new Chargers uniforms are here, and they are darn near perfect

first_imgHow do you improve on greatness? Nike and the Chargers may have an answer.The Chargers on Tuesday revealed their new kits for the 2020 season. They are, in a word, perfect. the best got better.— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 21, 2020There are myriad color schemes and combinations to go with their palette, which include the traditional powder blues which will be used for home games, a white top that will be used for away games — along with a choice of either white or gold pants — and two different shades of darker blue as alternate or Color Rush uniforms.A look at the @Chargers’ new home and away jerseys.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 21, 2020MORE: Chargers rank high among Nike NFL uniforms Another big change for the uniforms: The lightning bolt extends across the helmet and now features player’s numbers again — a staple of uniforms in prior years. The numbers have been updated as well, so they fill more space on the uniform’s front and back. It creates a more complete look overall.In all, these might be the nicest of Nike’s NFL uniform redesigns. They have a strong case for the top spot, especially considering some of the fumbled redesigns by other teams along the way. Six teams this offseason have already gotten updates, both minor and major. The Rams are the last remaining team to introduce a new uniform. That’s expected some time in May.Twitter, of course, is always willing to offer constructive feedback on these things. Here’s what the Tweet Machine had to say:Chargers uniforms got better somehow 😶😶— mason 🦖 (@SaquonBarkley26) April 21, 2020BOLT TF UP⚡⚡— Choppy ⚡⚡ Dope👨🏿‍🎨 (@MrPorkChoppSays) April 21, 2020No cap, I wanna be at the first away game where the ⁦@Chargers⁩ wear this uni. It’s so sick! #BoltUp— ⚡️Robbie⚡️ (@bruinrob11) April 21, 2020I hate the Chargers but man these are clean— Spencer Olmstead (@Spence_Reid4) April 21, 2020S/O to the chargers for being the first team this year to release a good uniform— Mason Matthew Miller (@millermason16) April 21, 2020@Chargers win the uniform battle…— Troy (@troyknudsen10) April 21, 2020The Chargers killed it. Truly sharp swag. Love the combos. ⚡️⚡️— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) April 21, 2020last_img read more

Linden security guard raped while on duty at nursery school

first_imgA 57-year-old female security guard attached to the Linden Security Services was allegedly raped while on duty at a nursery school in Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10.Reports are that the mother of two had made a security check of the premises at about 02:30h. She reportedly told investigators that after making the check, a male approached and started banging on the door of the guard hut in which she was housed at the time.She said she refused to open the door, but the man removed a few louvre panes from the hut and entered. He then held on to her and sexually assaulted her.“When I look around to look at him, he chucked my face in front and tell me not to look”, the woman said.She said the perpetrator appeared to be a young man in his late twenties or early thirties.After committing the act, the man escaped with her cellular phone.The traumatised woman told this publication she related what had occurred to a visiting security sergeant from the guard service, and asked that a report be made at the Linden Police Station. She said the Police arrived and took her to the Linden Hospital Complex, where a medical examination was conducted.The woman said she was granted seven days’ paid leave by the security company to deal with the trauma, and was informed that she would be placed at another location.According to the victim, she has been a security guard since 1994, but has worked with this security company since it took over from Home Safe Security on February 1.She is admonishing managers of security firms to pay more attention to the welfare of their female employees. According to her, there have been complaints from female guards regarding men visiting sites and making inappropriate sexual advances to female guards. She noted that requests has also been made for male guards to work alongside their female counterparts, or for more than one person to be on site, but these calls have gone unheeded.last_img read more

Neuer in Germany World Cup squad, Sane left out

first_img0Shares0000Germany consider Manuel Neuer to be crucial to their chances of winning back-to-back World Cups © AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEKBERLIN, Germany, Jun 4 – Germany have included 2014 World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in their final squad for the 2018 tournament, even though he has only just returned from a long-term absence through injury.But in a surprise omission, coach Joachim Loew left Manchester City striker Leroy Sane out of his 23-player list despite a strong season with the Premier League champions. “Leroy has a huge amount of talent and he will be back in again because from September we will re-double our work with him,” Loew said. “But in his games with the national team he hasn’t quite done the business.”Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer made his first appearance since September in the 2-1 defeat by Austria in a rain-delayed friendly on Saturday and showed no ill-effects.The 32-year-old who is considered key to Germany’s hopes of retaining the title had been sidelined for eight months after fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.Sane was cut from the squad with Timo Werner and the veteran Mario Gomez included as just two out-and-out strikers.Neuer denied his inclusion was a risk, despite his lack of match practice.“I’m not worried. I am no more a risk than any other player,” Neuer said.The ‘keeper said his careful reintroduction had been a deliberate ploy — he didn’t play a single match for Bayern before joining up with the national squad.Apart from an appearance in a specially-arranged match against Germany’s Under-20 team last week, the match in Klagenfurt in Austria was his first full appearance since September.“I always thought I would be going to the World Cup and I didn’t want to take any risk,” Neuer said.“Every training session is a test for me. If I don’t feel good I tell the coach because the success of the team is the absolute priority.”Germany 23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Moenchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more