CARIFTA Spotlight – Yu Tien Poon

Chinese are well known for their dominance on the chess board.

Yu Tien Poon is no different.

Although he may be Barbadian by birth, Poon – whose father is from Hong Kong and mother from Beijing – has become a household name in chess circles.

He further cemented his status as one of the island’s most promising juniors by winning the Under-16 division at the CARIFTA Chess Championships.

In a tight finish, the 16 year-old student of The Lodge School managed to pip Guadeloupe’s Emerick Lafortune on the tiebreak after both players finished on five and a half points.

According to the island’s youngest FIDE Master, he went into the tournament confident of victory.

yutien-1“I went into the competition with the highest rating so I always thought that I should win,” he readily noted.

“So based on my expectations, I did what I was supposed to do.”

Poon admitted that his match-up against Lafortune didn’t go as expected, forcing him to settle for a draw.

“I had to settle for a draw because I misplayed part of my game and I found myself in serious trouble. But I managed to complicate things and I was able to get away with a draw in the end.”

His unbeaten performance helped Barbados to come away with the overall team title.

The soft-spoken Poon, who has a FIDE rating of 2128, told Barbados TODAY that he was very pleased with what he had accomplished so far.

Along with winning the Under-14 title at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Games, he said he was also very proud of attaining his FIDE Master title as well as winning the Senior Nationals.

Yu Tien Poon (left) and Allon Richards play a challenge match in 2013.
Yu Tien Poon (left) and Allon Richards play a challenge match in 2013.

However, Poon revealed that he was working feverishly to attain his International Master title by the time he finishes secondary school.

One Response to CARIFTA Spotlight – Yu Tien Poon

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock April 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Congrats wish you success.

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