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Three lead in chess after four rounds

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Three lead in chess after four rounds

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JEROME HAREWOOD, Yu Tien Poon and Kyle Sandiford are the early leaders after four rounds of the Barbados Open Chess Championship which pushed off at the Harrison College school annex this week with competition in three separate age categories.
In the under-20 section, Jerome Harewood of Lodge has three and a half points and leads from Jonathan Shepherd of Harrison College on three points and Bryan Prescod from Lodge.
In round four, Harewood won against Lawence Depradine of the University of the West Indies while Shepherd upset the top-rated Prescod. Other results in the round include Doneisha Jordan and Akil Bennet battling to a draw, while Christopher Grant won from Rachel Worrel.
The top-of-the-table clash between Harewood and Shepherd in the next round will likely determine the overall winner.
In the Under-16 section, Poon has moved to the front with four points from as many games, but is being chased by a strong group on three points, including fellow Lodge school players like Shaquan Jones, Chad King and Sherwyn Ellis along with Luke Cardoza from Providence Secondary.
After four rounds of seven in the Under-12 section, current Under-12 national champion Kyle Sandiford has a half point lead from Shane Skinner of Queen’s College. In round four, Sandiford defeated Azari Gittens, while Skinner took out current under-10 champion, Azariah Johnson.
Sitting in clear third is Leigh Sandiford on three points after his latest victory over Pritika Kandamaran. Gittens, Johnson, Tor Burrowes and Jaden Gill are still in contention for a shot at the title with two and a half points each. (PR/EZS)