New Canadian Chess Star!
CONGRATS TO BC’er JAY SAWANT!!
WINNER OF LAS VEGAS U14-TOURNEY WITH PERFECT SCORE!
Canadian youngster Jay Sawant of the Golden Knight Chess Club in Burnaby, BC scored the biggest success of his LIFE by winning the U14 section of the prestigious Las Vegas International Chess Festival. Not only did Jay win all of his games (!) but he also participated in and won first prize ( U1000-rated ) at the Puzzle competition!
What is even more impressive is that Jay has been playing tournament chess for only a short while. The CFC lists only two rated chess events (both this year)– infact, Jay was UNRATED at the beginning of the year! Clearly the youngster is making big progess,. Jay is slated to participate in the U12 at the Canadian Nationals –the CYCC — to be held in Ottawa early in July.
It is also ESPECIALLY nice to see a Canadian junior do well when he/she participates in international competition! Competitive chess can be a ruthless experience With very few exceptions, most Canadian youngsters crash and burn in their first exposure to international chess tournaments. Thousands of youngsters have tried and failed.
I have no doubt that we will hear a LOT more from him in the coming years and I am certain that I speak for all of my readers when I wish Jay the very best!
JAY’S LAS VEGAS SUCCESS NOT WORTHY OF PUBLICATION ?!
When Vancouver’s Valer Eugen Demian informed the current CFC newsfeed manager Félix Dumont of the Canadian youngster’s achievement and asked that this be published so that all of the federation members could share the good news, Valer certainly could have NEVER anticipated Dumont’s response:
”I don’t want to upset you (or him), but I’m not sure it’s worthy of publication. It sure is a nice accomplishment, and please congratulate him for me if you see him, but most readers will not really pay attention to the article if there’s no strong Canadian player or at least many young players. Unfortunately, one youngster is probably not enough, even though he won his section.”
Needless to say, Valer was shocked! Isn’t the CFC supposed to promote chess in Canada? Valer Demian has been involved in organized chess for most of his 50 years of life and is a fully qualified FIDE CM and Instructor, with many years of experience teaching and coaching chess in Canada. As well, he holds the International Master title in correspondence chess. Félix Dumont, on the other hand, is a 20 year-old wannabe, barely rated 2000. I don’t want to judge Felix unfairly, but he has no life experience to speak of and is certainly not qualified to speak for anybody in Canadian chess…besides, how would he know what Canadian chess players like to read or not?
Clearly frustrated, Valer decided to write to me:
”Situations like this one erode, bit by bit, our belief that the CFC is capable to act on its responsibility to promote chess in Canada. Over and over again, the CFC’s actions are proven to be selective and arbitrarily dismissive of anyone they choose not to associate themselves with … What I do not understand — and never will — is how can they consider themselves above others, while anyone else is not worthy?”
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