Vanessa Greenidge is defending the female Under-14 title.
(Barbados Chess Federation photo)
The Barbados Chess Federation’s (BCF) 2019 calendar pushed off on Thursday, with more than 80 players vying for honours in the National Youth & Cadet Championships.
Contested in six age-groups over three successive days at Harrison College, the Championships served as a qualifier for the 8th CARIFTA hampionships which will be held in Curacao over the Easter period from April 18 to 23.
When registrations closed on Monday, 84 players – 56 boys and 28 girls – had entered the local championships which feature competition in Under-18, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12, Under-10 and Under-8.
The biggest subscribed category is the Under-12 division with 25 boys and eight girls.
While some of last year’s champions have moved into different age-groups, eight competitors defended thier titles.
2018 CARIFTA Under-16 gold medallist Vanessa Greenidge of Queen’s College also sought to repeat as champion in the girls’ Under-14 division, while 2015 CARIFTA Under-12 winner Leigh Sandiford of Harrison College is also back to defend his open Under-14 title.
The Queen’s College trio Shane Maughn (open Under-18), Kiarra Eversley (female Under-18) and Tyson Holder (open Under-16), also amied to keep their reign intact. The other defending champions are Harrison College’s Pritika Kandamaran (female Under-16), Charles F. Broome’s Hannah Wilson (female Under-10) and Wills Primary’s Nemani Goddard (female Under-8).
Each division featured six rounds of games with two rounds played daily.
The champions in each age-group will qualify for the Barbados CARFITA team, subject to meeting the BCF’s activity requirements – playing a minimum number of games in the one-year period from February last year.
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