Katrina Blackman has retained her womens’ chess crown in emphatic style when she clinched the 2017 Ladies National Chess championship earlier his week at the Bridgetown Chess Center in Exmouth Gap, Brandons, St. Michael.
Going into the final round, Blackman was just a half point ahead of the top rated seed, Julissa Figueroa and both players knew that the championship title hung on the outcome of the final set of results. A win for Figueroa and a loss for Blackman would mean the title to Figueroa, anything else would mean victory for Blackman as she had earlier defeated Figueroa in their head to head match.
As the race begun, it was Figueroa who playing the white pieces quickly put junior Kiarra Eversley under pressure and duly won her game to put the pressure on Blackman. However Blackman rose to the occasion and won from the plucky Vanessa Greenidge to finish on five and a half points out of a possible six. Figueroa finished on five points to wind up in second spot.
Slipping into third place was young Azaria Johnson, who defeated Gaybrianna Moore in the last round to finish reach three and a half points ahead of five others on three. Another important result in this final round saw former champion Donna Murray pull a rabbit from a hat to defeat Pritika Kandamaran as she completely reversed the position to force victory.
The next activity on the chess calendar will see the 2017 Rapid Chess Championship being played on November 18 and 25 at the Bridgetown Chess Center starting at 3.00 p.m. each day.