Azariah Johnson of Charles F Broome Primary is Barbados’ new 2014 Massy United Under-10 chess champion. She achieved this at the recently concluded tournament played at Harrison College.
Johnson swept all and sundry as she scored six wins from her six games to grasp her first age category championship. When Johnson defeated fellow co-leader Leigh Sandiford of Providence Primary in round 4, she knew it would just take two more wins to claim a remarkable victory.
Overcoming some slight nerves in round 6, Johnson defeated Jaden Gill to claim the top prize. In second position was Leigh Sandiford on five points, who can only rue his lost to Johnson which eventually cost him the championship. In third and fourth position respectively were Ashebe Hill and Jerem Gittens (both of Charles F Broome) who finished jointly on three and a half points.
In the Under-8 section which was played along with the Under-10 as one group, Nicholas Russel of Lawrence T Gay Primary won this section with three points. He scored the same as second place finisher Jaden Gill of Charles F Broome, but because he defeated them in their direct encounter, Russel was acclaimed champion. Finishing in third position was Tara Sandiford of Providence Primary.
Chess action continues at Harrison College all this week as the 2014 Barbados Open Junior Chess Championship will take place until Friday. This tournament is played as an individual tournament in three age categories, under 12, 16 and 20.
This year’s tournament should be keenly contested as two domineering forces in local junior chess, YuTien Poon, the current CAC Under-14 champion and Orlando Husbands, the current national chess champion, will be overseas participating in he 2014 Pan American age category chess championship in Mexico.