The 2014 Barbados Open Chess Championship has pushed off at the Harrison College school annex in three separate sections – Under-12, 16 and 20 age categories. After four rounds of seven, in the Under-12 section, current Under-12 national champion Kyle Sandiford has a half point lead from Shane Skinner of Queen’s College. In round four Sandiford defeated Azari Gittens, while Skinner took out current Under-10 champion, Azariah Johnson.
Sitting in clear third is Leigh Sandiford on three points after his latest victory over Pritika Kandamaran. Four players then are on two and a half points and are still in line with a shot at the title. These include Gittens, Johnson, Tor Burrowes and Jaden Gill. The other dozen players will struggle to reach the top positions.
In the Under-16 section, Yu Tien Poon has hit the front solo with four points from as many games, but is being chased by a strong group on three points, which include fellow Lodge School players like Shaquan Jones, Chad King and Sherwyn Eliis along with Luke Cardoza from Providence Secondary. Any other players looking to get in the prizes will have to play some excellent chess in the next three rounds. In the Under-20 section, Jerome Harewood of Lodge has three and a half points and leads from Jonathan Shepherd from Harrison College on three points and Bryan Prescod from The Lodge School. In round four, Harewood won against Lawrence Depradine from Universtiy of the West Indies and Shepherd upset the top rated player in Bryan Prescod of The Lodge School.
Other results in the round include Doneisha Jordan and Akil Bennet battling to a draw, while Christopher Grant won from Rachel Worrel. The top of the table
clash between Harewood and Shepherd in the next round will most likely determine the overall winner in the Under-20 section, with only Prescod being capable of winning if any of the other two slip up.