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BLACKMAN LEADS LADIES CHESS NATIONALS AT HALF-WAY STAGE

Four-time women’s national chess champion Katrina Blackman has stamped her authority on the 2019 ladies national championship with an unblemished record at the half-way stage of the competition.

The 26-year-old Woman Candidate Master moved ahead of the pack by registering her fourth successive victory when the championship continued on Thursday night at the Chess Centre on Exmouth Gap, Brandons.

Blackman, the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Championship women’s gold medallist, maintained her winning streak by prevailing in a top-of-the-table clash against national Under-16 female champion Gaybrianna Moore.

The top seed had earlier scored wins against Sierra Austin, Azaria Johnson and Alesha Lovell in the seven-round championship which started last Saturday.

Blackman will square off against 2015 champion Gabriela Cumberbatch in the fifth round on Saturday.

Cumberbatch is one of three players on three points but sits in fourth place on the tie break with Johnson holding second and fellow Harrison College student Moore on third.

Johnson, the no. 4 seed, defeated no. 3 rated Kiarra Eversley in the third round, when Moore, the no. 5 seed, upstaged no. 2 rated Cumberbatch.

Eversley, the national Under-20 and Under-18 female champion completes the top half of the table on two points, the same as sixth-placed Savannah Corrigan.

Ten players are contesting the championship and are vying for a top prize as the official player to represent Barbados at the inaugural ladies FIDE Americas Caribbean Cup which will be played in Suriname in November.

The championship, which is sponsored by Burger King, will continue with two rounds of games on Saturday and conclude with the seventh round on Sunday. (BCF)

Captions:


Katrina Blackman (left) won a top-of-the-table clash against Gaybrianna Moore to move into the lead after the fourth round. (BCF Pictures)


Gabriella Cumberbatch (left), one of three players in joint second, defeated Alesha Lovell in the fourth round.

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