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Bajan boys press on at CAC Youth Chess Festival


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Bajan boys press on at CAC Youth Chess Festival

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BARBADOS’ senior boys delivered in a big way on the second day of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Youth Chess Festival in Trinidad on Saturday.

The island’s four representatives in the Under-18 division – Orlando Husbands, Bryan Prescod, Allon Richards and Jakheel Harewood – secured victories in the evening session in their third round games at the Cascadia Hotel.

This success followed wins by Husbands and Richards in the morning period on a day when Barbados completed 14 victories to follow ten on Friday’s opening day.

Husbands had a marathon game in the morning before overcoming Gabriel Roussel of Puerto Rico in four hours and returned in the evening to defeat Maradei Simancas of Venezeula.

It now sets the stage for a key top-of-the-table fourth round game on Sunday against Cuban Sanchez Gomez, the tournament’s highest rated player.

Richards bounced back from a loss on the opening day to score back-to-back wins against Stuart Luke of The Bahamas and Khelsey Ramsumair of Trinidad and Tobago.

Prescod lost to Gomez in the morning but hit back to win in the evening and join ten other players on two points, one behind Husbads, Gomez and another Cuban, Carlos Gascon.

Barbados also had success in the Under-14 division where Seagan Sandiford scored a double and Kyle Sandiford won one of his two matches.

The younger players were only involved in one match on Saturday and once again Leigh Sandiford came out a winner to register his third straight victory in the Under-10 division and keep his unblemished record intact ahead of a showdown on Sunday with the only other unbeaten player, David Thomas of Jamaica.

In the Under-12s, Queen’s College students Aaron Haynes and Azari Gittens have both won two of their three matches and occupy sixth and seventh places respectively among the boys, while Azaria Johnson also has two points to hold fifth spot among the girls.

More than 180 players are competing in the CAC Youth Chess Festival which features nine rounds of matches and concludes on Wednesday.

The 15 participating countries are hosts Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba, Colombia, Suriname, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Aruba, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.  (HG)

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