Sandiford moves on as others draw
BARBADIAN Leigh Sandiford maintained his perfect record but the island’s top junior players, Orlando Husbands and Yu Tien played to a draw at the sixth CARIFTA Chess Championships in Jamaica yesterday.
Candidate Master Sandiford, seeking to regain the gold medal he won in the Boys’ Under-12 division two years ago, completed his fourth successive victory by defeating Jamaican Christopher Udeagha at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.
After four rounds of games, Sandiford was one of three players with maximum points and he was scheduled to face top-rated Jamaican David Thomas in a fifth round evening game yesterday.
The highly anticipated battle between Husbands and Poon failed to provide who will be the favourite to win the gold medal in the Boys’ Under-20 division after the two FIDE Masters and former national senior champions had to settle for a share of the spoils.
With Husbands and Poon playing to a draw, Jamaican Akeem Brown won his fourth successive game to move into the lead.
Yesterday morning’s session was Barbados’ most disappointing, having recorded five wins, three fewer than they did in the first three rounds of the competition.
In addition to Sandiford, the other Bajans in winners’ row were Shane Maughn (Boys’ Under-16), Prikita Kandamaran (Girls’ Under-16), Azaria Johnson (Girls’ Under-16) and Nicholas Russell-Griffith (Boys’ Under-12).
First-timer Vanessa Greenidge, who won her first three matches in the Girls’ Under-12 division, lost against a lower rated player yesterday and was half-point behind four other players in a tight battle.
After yesterday evening’s fifth round of games, the championship will conclude today with the last two rounds as Barbados seek to complete a hat-trick of titles. (HG)