Barbados emerged as winners of the CARIFTA Games Chess Tournament played over the Easter weekend at Divi Southwinds Hotel.
They ended the competition on 34 points to outpace Suriname’s 26 points and Martinique who finished with 12 points.
Fide Master Orlando Husbands defeated Jamaican Jaleel Thorpe yesterday to seal the U-20 title. On Sunday after a hard-fought draw against Thomas Gardet of Guadeloupe in round 4, Husbands played a sharp opening no 2 seed Calvin Tjong of Suriname to head the standings on 4? points. Moving into second place was fellow Barbadian Bryan Prescod who was lucky to get away with a win after Gardet blundered a piece in a superior position. Husbands would later go on to defeat Prescod as well.
In U-12 boys’ action Barbados’ Leigh Sandiford emerged from a tight pack to win that category. Trinidad’s Kyron Agostini had a clear one point lead at the start of yesterday’s action but had to contend with the chasing Barbadian trio of Aaron Haynes, Sandiford and Azari Gittens as well as Alessando Bonne of Suriname who were all tied on 4 points. Sandiford ended on six points with Agostini taking silver and Haynes the bronze.
Barbados’ Yu Tien Poon took the U-16 title after a stirring battle with Martinique’s Emerick Lafortune. They started the final day tied on four and a half points with Suriname’s Cedric Prade a half point behind. Eventually a tie-breaker was needed to separate the front runners after they finished on six and half points each.
Other top Barbadian performers included silver medallists Kyle Sandiford, Jerem Gittens and Segan Sandiford and Jadyn Gill.