Charles F. Broome impressively brushed aside all of their opposition to hold a perfect record and install themselves as favourites to win the Inter-School Primary Chess Championship at the half-way stage of the competition.
The Government Hill school recorded successive 10-0 wins against their ‘B’ team, St. Cyprians’ Boys’ ‘A’ and Lawrence T. Gay to hold a handy seven-point lead on the opening day of competition at the Ursuline Convent School last Saturday.
Fielding a team that included Barbados’ CARIFTA representatives Rory Prescod and Hannah Wilson alongside Chanon Reifer-Belle, Yhden Layne and Samara Mayers, Charles F. Broome ‘A’ did not drop a single point and will take aim at equalling the record achieved by their champion 2016 team that finished with a maximum 60 points.
Charles F. Broome A’s 30 points put them comfortably clear of second-placed People’s Cathedral ‘A’ who are on 23 points followed by Wills ‘A’ with 21.
People’s Cathedral ‘A’, last year’s runners-up who are represented by Joshua Franklyn, Anoushka Pitamber, Ahron Lovell, Kayode Stoute and Xavier Francis, also recorded three successive victories, defeating their ‘B’ team 7-3, St. Gabriel’s ‘A’ 6-4 and Wesley Hall 10-0.
Wills ‘A’, with a line-up comprising CARIFTA selectee Tarquin Clark, Nathan Foster, Tronisha Scott, Diyas Satheesh-Kumar, Maxim Marshall and Bavin Satheesh-Kumar, also registered three straight wins by beating their ‘B’ team 7-3, People’s Cathedral ‘B’ 8-2 and St. Judes 6-4.
St. Judes, making a return to the competition after missing last year’s championship, are in fourth place on 19 points, the same as two-time defending champions Milton Lynch, who have retained just one player from their winning squad of 2018.
The top ten is completed by St. Cyprians ‘A’ (18), Wills ‘B’ (17), St. Gabriel’s ‘A’ (17), Lawrence T. Gay (15) and St. Angela’s (14).
Eighteen teams from ten schools are contesting the championship which will conclude on Saturday with the final three rounds of games.
The key match-up in the fourth round will feature front-runners Charles F. Broome ‘A’ and second-placed People’s Cathedral ‘A’ in a top-of-the-table clash. (BCF)
Barbados’ CARIFTA representatives Rory Prescod (left) and Hannah Wilson (second left) helped Charles F. Broome ‘A’ to maximum points after the first three rounds. (BCF Pictures)
Joshua Franklyn (right) and Anoushka Pitamber (second right) are part of the second-placed People’s Cathedral ‘A’ team.