The Barbados contingent at the 7th Central American & Caribbean Youth Chess Festival, currently being played in Caguas, Puerto Rico, has got off to an excellent start with dominant performances in each age category for which it has players registered.
In the Under-10 age category, Kyle Sandiford of Providence Elementary School won both of his opening matches to top the standing with 2 points. Sandiford’s wins were against Javier Rodriguez Rosales of Puerto Rico and Annie Shih Gould of Costa Rica.
Barbados Under-14 champion, Yu Tien Poon of The Lodge School, and Allon Richards of Foundation School, won their opening matches in the Under-14 age category to top the standings with 2 points. Poon’s points came against Puerto Ricans Anthony Delgado Pedraza and Abnell Comas. Richards won against compatriot Gabriela Cumberbatch of Harrison College and Miguel Boggiano Pereira of Puerto Rico.
Bryan Prescod of The Lodge School tops the standings in the Under-16 age category with 2 points. Prescod scored his wins against Dania Hernandez of Honduras and Lucas Linares Powers of Puerto Rico.
Barbados Under-16 champion Kemp Lynch of Graydon Sealy Secondary sits in 5th position in the Under-16 with 1 ? points. Lynch beat Thyfanie Cotto Delgado of Puerto Rico in Round 1 but was held to a draw in Round 2 against Candidate Master Javanna Smith of Trinidad & Tobago.
In the Under-18 age category, Orlando Husbands of The Lodge School, last year’s CAC Under-14 gold medallist, started comfortably with wins against Denisse Garay of Honduras and Jonathan Fortis Rivera of Puerto Rico.
Husbands, with 2 points, shares in second position with Angel Abdiel Beauchamp Perez of Puerto Rico while another Puerto Rican, FIDE Master Rinelly Comas Colon, tops the standings with 2 point and the better tie-break score.††