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WILSON DOMINATES YOUNGER AGE-GROUPS IN CHESS NATIONALS

CARIFTA gold medallist Hannah Wilson made a clean sweep of the boards in the Under-10 category to highlight the younger age-groups of the 2019 Barbados Chess Federation’s National Youth & Cadet Championships.

Wilson, a Class 4 student at Charles F. Broome Primary after transferring from People’s Cathedral in the summer holidays, defeated each of her six opponents when the three-day event concluded at Harrison College on Saturday.

The impressive performance by Wilson, who won a sub-category gold medal among the Under-10 females at last year’s CARIFTA Chess Championships in Suriname, confirmed her place in the Barbados team for this year’s edition which will be held in Curacao over the Easter period from April 18 to 23.

Both the boys and the girls were merged into one section in the Under-10 age-group but champions were crowned in each gender. As it turned out, the top three players were all girls.

Wilson was so dominant that she was assured of the title going into the final round of games. Her Charles F. Broome schoolmates Tedra Gibson and Chanon Reifer-Belle both finished on four-and-a-half points with Gibson capturing second place on the tie-break.

Alec Welch of St. Gabriel’s was the boys’ champion with three points while the Satheeshkumar brothers, Diyas (2) and Bavin (1.5) of Wills Primary took second and third places respectively.

In the Under-8 division, where boys and girls were also merged, another St. Gabriel’s student Alexander Berry won the top prize with a fine showing to earn five-and-a-half points.

Berry won five games and had a draw in the third round with schoolmate Oliver McGee who finished second with five points. Kez McClean Clarke of People’s Cathedral was third with four- a-half points in a keenly contested section.

Chinue Holder of Charles F. Broome was the top Under-8 girl with one-and-a-half points.

The National Youth & Cadet Championships attracted 87 participants in six age-groups and will be followed by the National Under-20 Championships, which start on Monday at the Chess Centre on Exmouth Gap, Brandons. (BCF)

Captions:


Hannah Wilson dominated the Under-10 division with a clean sweep of the boards. (BCF/Corie Elcock Pictures)


Alec Welch was the boys’ Under-10 champion.


Alexander Berry captured the boys’ Under-8 section.


Chinue Holder (right) was the top Under-8 girl.

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