Three champions were crowned as the 2014 Barbados Open Junior chess championship came to a conclusion last week at Harrison College.
In the Under-20 section Jerome Harewood of The Lodge School claimed his first major title as he emerged victorious from a week of hard battling. Going into the last round, a half point ahead of his nearest rival, all he had to do was make sure he did not fall to defeat against Akil Bennett, and he ensured this with a sweeping victory.
Finishing on six points, a half point behind Harewood was fellow Lodge schoolmate Bryan Prescod. Prescod overcame Doneisha Jordan in the last round to cement his position. This loss however did not stop Jordan from getting the best female prize. In third place a tie took place, with Jonathan Shepherd of Harrison College ahead of Christopher Grant (Lodge) on tie-break, with both players garnering 5 points.
In the Under-16 section YuTien Poon won all of his seven games to finish two points clear of Luke Cardoza (Providence) and Kodi Sargeant (Lodge). Najjah Porter led a group on four points which included Royston Hoyte, Rachad Gibson, Sherwyn Ellis and Shaquan Jones. The best girl on show was Queen’s College’s Jennifer Jiang who finished on a credible three and a half points from seven.
National Under 12 & 14 champion Kyle Sandiford, led home a family one – two in the under 12 section, as he finished on seven points, while his younger sibling Leigh finished on six points. Shane Skinner, Azari Gittens and Tor Burrowes shared third to fifth in that order, with all of these three players achieving four and a half points. The best girl on show in this section was Pritika Kandamaran.
Further chess action is on this week with the Karl Sealy Memorial tournament continuing on July 16,17 and 19 at the Bridgetown Chess Center.