Unrated Adam Roachford upstaged defending champion Shane Maughn to emerge king of boards in the boys’ Under-18 division of the 2019 National Youth & Cadet Chess Championships.
Roachford, competing in the Under-18 section for the first time after finishing sixth in the Under-16 category last year, took out Maughn in the first round and topped a small four-man field when the three-day tournament concluded at Harrison College last weekend.
It was a massive win for the Barbados Community College student who had not played competitive chess since representing St Michael School in the Inter-School Secondary Championships last March.
Roachford finished with three-and-a-half out of a maximum five points, half-point more than Deighton Griffith Secondary’s Joshua Burke, who defeated him in the second round.
Maughn, a Queen’s College student who won a bronze medal in the Under-18 sub-category at last year’s CARIFTA Championships in Suriname, had to settle for third place with two-and-a-half points.
The girls were merged with the boys in this section and Kiarra Eversley took the female title, edging out Queen’s College schoolmate Segan Sandiford on the tie-break after both players ended on three points.
The most riveting battle in the Championships unfolded in the boys’ Under-16 division where three Queen’s College students finished level on five out of a maximum six points, leading to a second tie-breaker to decide the outcome.
In the end, Louis Wilson, the brother of Under-10 girls’ champion Hannah Wilson, edged out 2018 CARIFTA representatives Aaron Haynes and Tyson Holder. Wilson was declared the winner by virtue of playing opponents who finished with a higher tally of points combined.
Gaybrianna Moore captured the girls’ Under-16 title in another keenly contested division, leading a clean sweep of the top three positions by Harrison College students.
Moore tallied four-and-a-half out of a maximum five points with Azaria Johnson second on four points and top seed Pritika Kandamaran third on three-and-a-half points.
Following the completion of the National Youth & Cadet Championships, which attracted 87 participants in six age-groups from Under-18 to Under-8, the Barbados Chess Federation’s 2019 calendar is continuing with the National Under-20 Championships which started on Monday and will run until Saturday at the Chess Centre on Exmouth Gap, Brandons. (BCF)
Louis Wilson (left) narrowly won the boys’ Under-16 title on a tie-break after finishing level on points with Queen’s College schoolmates Tyson Holder (centre) and Aaron Haynes (right). (BCF Pictures)
Adam Roachford (right) upstaged defending champion Shane Maughn (left) to win the boys’ Under-18 section. In the middle is Kiarra Eversley, the girls’ Under-18 champion.
Under-16 girls’ champion Gaybrianna Moore (right) battling second placed Azaria Johnson.