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Mark Lowe and Michael Barker have been crowned champions in the annual Karl Sealy Memorial Senior Chess Championship.

Lowe captured the Over-50 division with a perfect score of five points, while Barker took the Over-65 section when the championship concluded at the Chess Centre on Exmouth Gap, Brandons, last Sunday night.

The two divisions were contested as one due to insufficient numbers to be played separately and Lowe topped the tables with a 100 per cent winning record. He installed himself as favourite after winning a top-of-the-table clash against Allan Herbert in the fourth round on Saturday.

Herbert, the president of the Barbados Chess Federation (BCF), took second place in the Over-50 category with four points – his only blemish was his loss to Lowe.

Stephen Browne completed the top three in the Over-50 section with three-and-a-half points.

Barker, who is also well known in draughts circles, won the Over-65 division with three points despite losing to Lowe in the final round and to Herbert in the third round.

Former BCF president Othneil Harewood, last year’s Over-65 champion, had to settle for second place with two-and- a-half points.  Former senator Leroy McClean, making a return to the sport, was third with two points, prevailing on the tie-break ahead of Richard Haddock and Anthony Earlam.

The five-round championship, which attracted 12 entrants, was in its third year and played for the first time as part of the National Senior Games in association with the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs.

The next tournament on the BCF’s calendar is the Primary Inter-School Championship, which starts on Saturday at the Ursuline Convent on Collymore Rock. (BCF)


Over-50 champion Mark Lowe (left) receiving the top prize from BCF president Allan Herbert. (BCF Pictures)

Over-65 winner Michael Barker (left) accepting his prize from BCF president Allan Herbert.

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