Katrina Blamckman is the 2016 Barbados National Ladies Chess champion.
She did this in fine style when she dominated defending champion Gabriela Cumberbacth in the playoff to recover the championship that she had surrendered to the said player last year,
Blackman won both of the playoff games to seal the title. The playoff was needed as both players had finished on five and a half points to finish atop of the field of players.In the first 25 minute game with 10 second increment, Blackman played her pet French defense with the black pieces. and the game was a tussle that went to the full time control, with both players giving it their all.
As the game came to a tense climax, it was Blackman who showed greater nerves of steel and manage to claim victory.
In the second game, now with the white pieces Blackman played well and Cumberbatch was just not agressive enough. She moved her pieces back and forth sometimes seemingly without a clear plan and eventually ran herself into time trouble. With this Blackman eventually won a piece and then the game to be crowned the 2016 ladies champion.
The next tournament in the chess federations calender will see the Michael Forde Memorial touranement at the Bridgetown Chess Centre starting on Wedenesday, November 30 th at 3.00 p.m.