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WILSON LANDS TOP FIVE FINISH AT CAC YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Promising chess talent Hannah Wilson performed creditably to claim a top five finish at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championships in Honduras.

Wilson, Barbados’ only representative at the event, placed fifth in the Under-10 Female category that attracted 15 competitors when the five-day Championships concluded last Saturday at the Honduras Maya Convention and Hotel Centre in Tegucigalpa.

The Charles F. Broome student, who entered the event as the no. 6 seed, finished the nine-round tournament with five-and-a-half points and was in medal contention going into the final round.

Wilson, who won gold in the Under-12 Female category at the CARIFTA Championships in Curacao in April, started with a victory in the opening round before losing her next two games. She played strongly for the remainder of the competition and was unbeaten in her last six games.

Having achieved a win or a draw against four higher-ranked opponents, Wilson will gain 45 points in the FIDE (World Chess Federation) ratings.

The gold medal went to no. 5 seed Naranjo Liennys Ferrer of Cuba, who prevailed on the tie-break after finishing level on points with Jamaican Zaina Oconnor, the only other competitor from the English-speaking Caribbean. Both players finished with seven-and-a-half points but the Cuban won the head-to-head contest in the fourth round.

The performance by Wilson follows her 10th place finish at the Pan American Youth Championships in Ecuador in July. (BCF)

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Hannah Wilson placed fifth in the Under-10 Female category at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championships. (BCF Picture)

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