Eighteen-year-old SHAMIR Martin, a sixth-grader at Glenmuir High School, won the Under-18 trophy last Saturday at the National Age Group Chess Championship.
The event took place online and for Martin, although it was odd as he was used to face-to-face competitions, he was able to stay focused and get the job done.
Commenting on his victory, Martin said he felt “extremely thrilled and grateful to his coaches”.
Coached by Kevron Campbell, Warren Elliott and Jomo Pitterson, he said he sometimes had to discipline himself to stay focused as it has been a long and difficult year.
Martin also shared that his mentor Walter Williams laid the foundation he was able to build on to be successful.
Martin, who edged Lontae Walker and Kamari Stephens, said after his title win he was now eligible to represent Jamaica to compete in the Cadet Youth World Championship, to be held online in August.
Right before Martin turned to the world championships, he said he has a national high school championship coming up, which will see him represent his school for the fifth time in a row.
“Being only sixth, I have a year left to keep the fire going. ” Semper Flagrans“, he shared with The gleaner, as he noted that his dream is to start his own chess business.
It’s not the only dream on his radar. The 18-year-old points out that his other interests include construction technology and joining the Jamaican Defense Force in the future.
Martin, who appeared some time ago in The gleaner as an outstanding student at Free Town Primary School, said the foundations for success and focus were laid and Glenmuir had cemented them.