International master Terry Farley has hit the front of the second qualifier for the 2017 Digicel Barbados National Chess Championships after he defeated previous leader Kemp Lynch in their round six clash last Thursday evening at the Bridgetown Chess Centre.
With this result Farley now takes the lead with five points, a half of a point ahead of Lynch and Jerome Harewood who both sit on four and a half.
Farley defeated Lynch with the black pieces in what turned out to be an anti-climactic result for many who thought the young Lynch would have made a tough fight of it. However, after starting aggressively with the white pieces Lynch soon quickly ran into difficulties on his queenside and succumbed to defeat.
Jerome, on the other hand, had to fight tooth and nail against Mark Lowe to eventually garner his win. The game seemed heading for a draw as it came into an endgame where although Jerome had a pawn up, with the queens still present, Lowe just had to seemingly stay active and a draw seemed the most expected outcome. However Lowe seamlessly allowed the queens to be traded and now a pawn down and about to lose another one, his position quickly collapsed.
Katrina Blackman sits in fourth spot on four points after her round six victory over Taiye Estwick. Other players still in contention for the top five qualifying spots include Jakeel Harewood, Jonathan Shepherd and Shane Maughan who all lie on three and a half points after they all recorded victories in their last round matches. Other players also recording victories were Kyle Walkes, Shaquan Jones and Kiarra Eversly.
When the action continues Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Chess Centre, the featured match will see Farley against Jerome Harewood. Even though Farley heavily out-rates Jerome, he has fallen victim on a few occasions to the youngster.