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QC, HC LOOKED IN KEEN BATTLE FOR INTER-SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Defending champions Queen’s College ‘A’ hold a narrow lead over former kings Harrison College ‘A’ at the half-way stage of the Barbados Chess Federation’s Secondary Inter-School Championships.

Queen’s College ‘A’ lead the way in two of the three age-groups, resulting in a four-point advantage after the first three rounds of games last Saturday at Harrison College.

The 2019 champions ended the first day of competition on 72 points with Harrison College ‘A’, the 2017 and 2018 winners, following on 68 points. Queen’s College ‘B’ were a distant third on 39 points followed by Harrison College ‘B’ on 36 and Princess Margaret with 29.

It is very close in the Under-20 section where only two points (26-24) separate the front-runners. Queen’s College ‘A’, comprising Aaron Haynes, Louis Wilson, Azari Gittens, Kiarra Eversley, Shane Skinner and Joshua Hinds, completed  crushing  10-0 wins over their ‘B’ team and St George Secondary and also prevailed over Harrison College ‘A’ 6-4.

Harrison College ‘A’, represented by Kyle Sandiford, Azaria Johnson, Gaybrianna Moore, Amelia Valdez and Maximus Boxill, kept on the heels of the leaders by registering 10-0 victories against their ‘B’ team and St George.

Combermere and Christ Church Foundation are in joint third on 14 points.

Queen’s College ‘A’ are comfortable leaders in the Under13 age-group after dropping only two points. The team of Rory Prescod, Kimahri Holder, Prashant Babani, Joshua Pilgrim, Yhden Layne and Adam Wood blanked Harrison College ‘A’ and Queen’s College ‘C’ 10-0 and defeated Queen’s College ‘B’ 8-2. The three convincing three wins lifted Queen’s College ‘A’ to 28 points, six more than their ‘B’ team, followed by Harrison College ‘A’ with 18.

Harrison College ‘A’ are clear leaders (26-18) over Queen’s College ‘A’ in the Under-15 division. Harrison College ‘A’, with Leigh Sandiford, Yeshua Hill, Jaydn Gill, Brian Nicholls and Alia Gafoor, defeated their ‘B’ team 10-0 and scored 8-2 victories against Queen’s College ‘A’ and Princess Margaret.

More than 100 players are competing in the Championships that have attracted 11 teams from eight schools.  The overall points table is completed by Combermere (14), Foundation (14), St. Leonard’s (14), Graydon Sealy (13), St George (8) and Queen’s College ‘C’ (4).

The Championships conclude on Saturday. (BCF)

 Captions:


The Queen’s College ‘A’ pair of Louis Wilson (right) Aaron Haynes (second right) helped their team take the lead in the Under-20 age-group.


Queen’s College A’s Under-13 trio of (from left) Yhden Layne, Prashant Babani and Rory Prescod has dictated the pace the this division.

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