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Three national youth champions stamped their authority on the 2nd Barbados Scholastics Chess Championships by making a clean sweep of the boards.

Tarquin Clark of Wills Primary, Hannah Wilson of Charles F. Broome and Alexander Berry of St Gabriel’s – champions in the National Youth & Cadet Championships in January  – claimed their second major honours of the year by handsomely winning their categories with 100 per cent records in the three-day event at Harrison College last week.

Clark, the reigning national Under-12 Open champion, won the Under-13 Open section by landing six straight wins, a feat also achieved by Wilson to claim the Under-13 Girls’ category and by Berry to lift the title in the Under-9 Open division.

Contested in odd-year age-groups, the three-day Championships attracted 38 participants and Clark, Wilson and Berry, members of the Barbados team for the 8th CARIFTA Chess Championships in Curacao over the Easter weekend, warmed up for the regional meet by clinching their titles before the final round of games.

Clark was confirmed as champion after defeating top seed Jaydn Gill of Harrison College in the penultimate round, leaving his challengers to battle for second place. Taariq Callender of St Judes put up a fine showing to take second with five points, while Gill finished third with four points.

Wilson, the national Under-10 Girls’ champion, was a runaway winner among the Under-13 girls, finishing two-and- a-half points clear of the rest of her challengers.

While Wilson was tops with a maximum six points, four players on three-and-a-half points fought for second place on the tie-breaker which favoured Alesha Lowell of Ellerslie ahead of national Under-12 Girls’ champion, Savannah Corrigan of Queen’s College. The Linton sisters, Jalia and Jahzara also ended on three-and-a-half points but had to settle for fourth and fifth places respectively.

Berry’s perfect six points were two more than Chaz Reifer-Belle of Charles F. Broome and Aaron Jaikaran of Wills in the Under-9 Open section.

Due to insufficient entries, the Under-9 and Under-7 categories were merged but there were prizes for both age-groups and genders.

Reifer-Belle was the Under-7 Open champion and Nemani Goddard of Wills was the Under-9 Girls’ champion with two-and-a-half points. (BCF)


Tarquin Clark (right) of Wills Primary won the Under-13 Open section with a perfect record. (BCF/Corie Elcock pictures)

Hannah Wilson of Charles F. Broome took the Under-13 Girls’ category with a maximum six points.

Alexander Berry of St Gabriel’s captured the Under-9 Boys’ division without dropping a point.

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