Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Two in line for chess gold

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BARBADOS HAVE two gold medal prospects ahead of the final day of the 8th CARIFTA Chess Championships in Curaçao.

Ten-year-old Hannah Wilson holds a half-point lead in the Under-12 Female category and Kyle Sandiford is the joint front-runner in the Under-20 Open section after the fifth round of games was played at the Hilton Curacao on Sunday.

After defeating fellow Barbados representative Savannah Corrigan in the evening session on Saturday to move to the top of the standings, Wilson, last year’s CARIFTA Under-10 Female gold medallist and the reigning national Under-10 girls’ champion, played to a draw against Gabriella Watson of Jamaica in the only round contested on the penultimate day.

Sandiford, after losing a fourth-round Under-20 Open top-of-the-table clash against Pierre Chang of Suriname, bounced back to win a controversial encounter against Jarrell Troyer of Guyana. It took him to four points and level with three other joint leaders.

Apart from Wilson and Sandiford, Barbados’ other main medal prospects ahead of Monday’s final two rounds are Jaydn Gill, Vanessa Greenidge, Yeshua Hill, Tyson Holder and Keon Lashley.Gill also achieved his fourth win in the Under-12 Open section to move into joint third place as one of 11 players on four points in a division that contains 67 competitors – the most in any category at the championships.

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