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Young Poon is national champion


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Young Poon is national champion

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FIDE master Yu Tien Poon is the winner of the 2014 National Chess Championship and becomes the youngest person at age 15 to have won the title.

As the last round of the tournament came to a conclusion at the Bridgetown Chess Centre recently, all Poon needed was a win against the bottom of the table Roberto Castillo to secure his first senior national title.

Any slip would allow a former champion, FIDE master Martyn Del Castilho, a chance to catch or surpass Poon, as going into the final round he was a mere half-point behind on eight points and was the only player  besides Poon, who could take the top honour.

However, Martyn’s hopes were quickly dashed as Castillo turned up after the given grace period to lose by default. Poon then reached an unassailable position with nine-and-a-half points from a possible 11, an excellent performance at such a tender age.

Martyn, however was concerned but not deterred and went on to win a difficult end game against Jerome Harewood, to finish in second spot on nine points.

Defending champion FIDE master Orlando Husbands made a sturdy defence of his title to finish in third position on eight points after defeating Allon Richards in this final round.

International master Delilse Warner finished on six and a half points to finish fourth overall despite being humbled by veteran Othneil Harewood in the last round. Kemp Lynch finished fifth with a respectable six points, culminating with a last round victory against Lawrence Depradine.

The other result in the final round saw Bryan Prescod prevailing over Jakeel Harewood. (EZS)

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