Young chess player wants to become Woman Grandmaster
Watching seven-year-old I-Jeanae Lloyd as she tackles one of Glenmuir's best chess players at Chess in the Parks last Wednesday was quite an experience.
Sitting across the table, facing her opponent, she was the picture of calm and total concentration. Although she lost the game, the valiant fight had her opponent smiling and congratulating her at the event, which was hosted by the Jamaica Chess Federation and the National Housing Trust at Longville Park, Clarendon.
Only last week, Lloyd missed out on taking the top title at the National Chess Federation Championship in the Under-8 category at the University of Technology, where she placed third.
Lloyd, a student of Monsignor Colin Bryan Preparatory School in Old Harbour, St Catherine, has been playing chess since she was six years old.
Introduced to the game at her school, she seems to be getting better with each game.
"It's a great game. The pieces move in various ways. I like to play stronger players as it helps me to improve on my game," she said.
"I want to become a Woman Grandmaster and later on a FIDE Master," she added.
Lloyd's parents, Garry and Kameika, said that they are extremely happy about their daughter's grasp of the game at this early stage.
"It is our hope that she excels and makes herself proud as we give her the maximum support she needs," said her mother.
For Gary, he believes that the game will help her to be more focused and patient. He also believes that it will assist with her schoolwork.