Juniors show their mettle in chess
Jadyn Gill of Charles F Broome edged out Dominic Jackman on tie-break to claim the 2016 Under-10 national chess championship from a field of 22 players last Saturday at the St Michael School. Both players finished with five and a half points after they had drawn their head to head encounter and had won their other five remaining games.
When Gill defeated the then unbeaten leader Cameron Ziadie in round 5, it took Gill and Jackman out to the front of the pack and each player went into the last round on 5 ½ points. Both knew that if they could garner victories in the last round, it would be up to a tie-break to decide the overall victor.
In the last round Gill defeated Tiequon Pinder, while he eventually managed to overcome Katie Mastrosimone of the USA. The tie-break then favoured Gill as he had played players with better overall results over the tournament.
Finishing in third was former leader Cameron Ziadie on five points who defeated Joseph Whelan in the last round. Katie Mastrosimone finished on four points to finish in fourth spot.
Winning the Under-8 section was Ryan Mastrosimone on three points ahead of Aaron Taylor on two. These were the only two players in the Under-8 section and duly won the prizes on offer.
Meanwhile, Leigh Sandiford of Providence took the Under-12 chess crown. He did this in dominant fashion when he won his last three to finish top of the 22 player field with a maximum of six points from his six games.
In rounds 4 Sandiford defeated the then co-leader and eventual second place finisher Zachary Mastrosimone of the USA to take the sole lead of the tournament. Following in round 5, Sandiford found himself under severe pressure against Vanessa Greenidge of Charles F Broome, but he showed great determination in turning the position around and claiming victory. In the last round after some butterflies against 2016 CARIFTA Under-12 girls champion Azariah Johnson, Sandiford eventually won to claim complete victory.
Mastrosimone defeated Yeshshua Hill in the last round to deservedly finish in second spot on five points, with Hill eventually finishing third on four points.
Greenidge won from Elisha Ifill in the last round to finish fourth on tie-break just ahead of Johnson, Joshua Harris and Nathan Russell. They all also had four points. Johnson won the prize for best girl on show not in the top four finishers.
Other last round results also saw victories for Chaddeus Franklyn, Romario Bishop and Jamani Bowen.
The next tournament on the Barbados Chess Federation calendar is the 2016 Massy-sponsored Girls Chess Tournament for players under 20 years old. This begins this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Bridgetown Chess Centre, Cavans Lane, in the city.