After four of the seven rounds in the Barbados Under 20 national chess championship, one player leads with a maximum of four points from as many games, the number one seed in the tournament, Bryan Prescod of the University of the West Indies.
Prescod can consider himself a little fortunate to have won all of his games so far, as in at least two of them, he found himself under severe pressure and only with a little luck was able to convert the full point.
In round two, Under 14 champion Kyle Sandiford of Harrison College, had a clear plus in terms of time and material but inexplicably walked his king into a mating net. Then in round four, Prescod was against the ropes against Renaldo Rochester, but Rochester did not manage his time properly and eventually Prescod was able to turn it around and come away with the victory.
Rochester leads a group of four players tied in second on three points. These are Justin Parsons, current Under 16 and Rapid champion, Nitin Mahtani and Rashad Gibson of the Lodge school.
In round four, Mahtani drew with Sandiford, Parsons won from Jonathan Shepherd, while Gibson defeated current Under 12 champion Leigh Sandiford. Gibson who has been away from the chess tables for a number of years has looked very impressive and his defeat of Leigh the current Under 12 champion would have made a statement to the other players in the tournament. He has only lost to the current leader Prescod in a game that went to the full time control.
Other results in round four saw victories for Cody Sargeant, Taiye Estwick, Emar Edwards and Joshua Burke.
The important matches in the next round will see leader Prescod facing Mahtani and Gibson against Parsons, with the eventual tournament winner most likely coming from this group. Action will conclude this Saturday morning at the Bridgetown Chess Centre.