Barbados’ national women’s champion Katrina Blackman remains in medal contention at the half-way stage of the Central American and Caribbean Women’s Chess Championship after satisfying results in the latest two rounds of games.
After losing her third round contest against Kaithlyn Tjong Tjin Joe of Suriname, no. 6 seed Blackman rebounded to score a victory against no. 3 seed, Trinidadian Woman International Master Gabriella Johnson before playing to a draw against Catherine Kaslan of Suriname in the fifth round at the All Seasons Resort in Sunset Crest on Monday night.
Blackman was lying in fourth position on three and a half points ahead of Tuesday night’s sixth round game against front-runner, Woman FIDE Master Ailen Oriana Mena of Curacao.
Mena, the no. 2 seed, was on four and a half points and established herself as the sole leader after defeating Reyna Frijde of Suriname in the fifth round.
Kaslan occupied second place on four points, half point more than Tjong Tjin Joe and Blackman, and the top six was completed by Frijde and top seed Thais Castillo Morales of Costa Rica, who were both on three points.
Three of Barbados’ representatives, Vanessa Greenidge, Karen Julissa Figueroa and Kiarra Eversley followed in the standings on two and a half points.
The 12-year-old Greenidge, the 2018 Carifta Under-16 girls’ silver medallist, defeated former national champion Donna Murray in the fourth round and secured another encouraging result by drawing with Tjong Tjin Joe in the fifth round.
After scoring successive wins against local girl Azaria Johnson and Trinidadian Jennika Lynch, Figueroa lost to Kaslan in the fourth round and drew with Gabriella Johnson in the fifth.
Eversley achieved decent results in the last two rounds, having played to a draw with Lynch before defeating Chelsea Juma of Guyana.
The Championship, which is being played over nine rounds, is scheduled to move into the sixth round on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Two rounds of games are set for Wednesday – 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and the last round is on Thursday at 6 p.m. (BCF)
Ailen Oriana Mena of Curacao is the leader after five rounds. (BCF)
Barbadian Vanessa Greenidge achieved good results in the last two rounds. (BCF)