Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Satisfying start by Barbados at CARIFTA Chess

Kyle Sandiford completed two victories in the Under-20 Open category. (Photo: Corie Elcock)

Kyle Sandiford completed two victories in the Under-20 Open category. (Photo: Corie Elcock)

Barbados enjoyed a satisfying start to the 8th CARIFTA Chess Championships in Curacao on Friday.

After an impressive showing in the first round to win 16 of their 21 games, they found the competition tougher in the second round and recorded ten victories.

Barbados’ success was highlighted by eight players registering two wins in the action at the Hilton Curacao.

Leading the way in the Under-20 Open category was captain Nitin Mahtani and last year’s Under-16 Open silver medallist Kyle Sandiford on his first appearance in the senior age-group.

Two Bajans also landed a double in the Under-16 Open section where national Under-14 champion Leigh Sandiford and debutant, national Under-16 champion Louis Wilson spearheaded the charge by achieving victories in both rounds after a clean sweep of the boards in the first round when Aaron Haynes, Tyson Holder and Yeshua Hill were also in winners’ row.

Among the Under-16 females, Azaria Johnson was Barbados’ top player with a double while national Under-16 female champion Gaybrianna Moore won in the first round. Vanessa Greenidge had to settle for two draws and newcomer Erin Mahon recorded a win and a loss.

{Photo: L-R Louis Wilson landed a double in his first CARIFTA outing and newcomer Savannah Corrigan won both of her games in the Under-12 Female section}


National Under-12 Open champion and Barbados Scholastics Under-13 winner Tarquin Clark also landed a double while teammates Jaydn Gill, Rory Prescod and debutant Keon Lashley  won their first round games before losing in the evening.

Barbados enjoyed a 100 per cent winning record in the Under-12 Female division where another first-timer, national Under-12 champion  Savannah Corrigan and Barbados Scholastics Under-13 queen Hannah Wilson won both of their games.

In the Under-20 Female division, vice-captain Kiarra Eversley and Segan Sandiford both won one game and lost one.

Barbados’ other Under-20 Open competitor, newcomer Joshua Burke won his second round game after losing in the morning session.

The Championships, which have attracted 182 participants from a record 11 countries, pushed off with the first ceremonial move by Barbados Chess Federation President Allan Herbert in his capacity as chairman of the appeals committee.

The participating countries are hosts Curacao, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, defending champions Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and United States Virgin Islands.

Points will be awarded to the top five competitors in the three official categories – Under-20, Under-16 and Under 12 – and the championships will be played over seven rounds. (BCF)

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