Bajans start strong

Allon Richards.

Barbados’ junior players were off to a good start in the annual Trinidad and Tobago Chess Carnival over the weekend with Orlando Husbands, Yutien Poon and Allon Richards all recording victories in their opening matches.

Husbands and Poon, both playing in the Under-20 age category, recorded victories against Trinidad’s Nikelia Chuniesingh and Dimitri Pacheco respectively. Richards playing in the Under-14 age category started his campaign with a victory against Mariana Colamarez of Venezuela.In round two Husbands held the number one seed Fide Master Keron Cabralis of Trinidad to a draw and Poon drew with Rafael Guerrero also of Trinidad.

In round three, Husbands and Poon played impressively to chalk up victories. Husbands, playing the black pieces overcame a tough challenge from Trinidad’s Jayson Paul and 13-year-old Yutien Poon demonstrated his class in defeating the highly rated USA junior Isaac Barayev.

The two Bajan lads will face each other in round four and Poon will no doubt be looking to avenge his recent defeats at the hands of Husbands.Trinidad’s Vishnu Singh tops the table on three points followed by Cabralis on 2 1?2 points and candidate Master Orlando Husbands and Yutien Poon also 2 1?2 points.

In the under-14 age category, Allon Richards recorded victories in rounds two and three against Pegus Melchizedek and Alex Walcott both of Trinidad. Richards shares the lead on three points with Trinidad’s Joshua Johnson.

The two joint leaders will square off in round four, which the pundits expect to be a turning point in the tournament. Richards last met Johnson at the Carifta Chess Championships where he suffered a painful loss after blundering from a winning position. Richards will no doubt be looking to settle this score. (PR)

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