Promising chess talent Hannah Wilson performed creditably to claim a top five finish at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championships in Honduras.
Wilson, Barbados’ only representative at the event, placed fifth in the Under-10 Female category that attracted 15 competitors when the five-day Championships concluded last Saturday at the Honduras Maya Convention and Hotel Centre in Tegucigalpa.
The Charles F. Broome student, who entered the event as the no. 6 seed, finished the nine-round tournament with five-and-a-half points and was in medal contention going into the final round.
Wilson, who won gold in the Under-12 Female category at the CARIFTA Championships in Curacao in April, started with a victory in the opening round before losing her next two games. She played strongly for the remainder of the competition and was unbeaten in her last six games.
Having achieved a win or a draw against four higher-ranked opponents, Wilson will gain 45 points in the FIDE (World Chess Federation) ratings.
The gold medal went to no. 5 seed Naranjo Liennys Ferrer of Cuba, who prevailed on the tie-break after finishing level on points with Jamaican Zaina Oconnor, the only other competitor from the English-speaking Caribbean. Both players finished with seven-and-a-half points but the Cuban won the head-to-head contest in the fourth round.
The performance by Wilson follows her 10th place finish at the Pan American Youth Championships in Ecuador in July. (BCF)
Hannah Wilson placed fifth in the Under-10 Female category at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championships. (BCF Picture)