The Lodge School 14 year old showed his class in romping to victory with an impressive 6 out of 7 points, winning 5 games and conceding 2 draws.
Husbands who has been in fine form this year has already added 22 points to his international Fide rating and will certainly see a further increase this rating period after his impressive performance in the Sagicor Junior Chess Championships at the St.Leonard’s Boys’ School Auditorium.
After taking an early lead Husbands was able to withstand strong pressure from top seed Slomy Noreskal of Martinique and his team mate fellow Lodge student Yu Tien Poon, holding them both to draws. He then cemented his victory in the final round when he defeated Jamaica’s National Junior Champion Miguel Asher. Yu Tien Poon took second place and Slomy Noreskal finished third. In 4th place was Akeem Cox and Bryan Prescod took 5th with last year’s champion Katrina Blackman taking the top female prize.
In the under 16, Kemp Lynch of the Garrison School was victorious scoring 6 points. Allon Richards of Foundation took 2nd place on 5.5 points and Josiah Howell of Harrison College finished on 5 points to take the 3rd place, on tiebreak, ahead of Combermere’s Daniel King [4th]. Jerome Harewood of Lodge finished in 5th place and Guyana’s Jessica Clemenston took the girl’s prize.
In the under 12 section, team Martinique was dominant with Andy Marie- Calixte finishing 1st on a perfect 7 points and Emerick Lafortune in second place on 6 points. Barbados held on to third place with Giovanni Warner on 5 points. Barbados under 12 national champion Luke Cardoza of St. Winifreds finished 4th and Kamal Graham of St. Cyprians took 5th place. Kyle Sandiford of Providence was the best under 10 and Westbury’s Gabriella Cumberbatch was the top girl in this section.
This year’s edition of the Sagicor Barbados Junior Open Chess Championship was a huge success with 71 local and regional juniors taking part.