Jadyn Gill, Under 10 Chess Champion

Jadyn Gill of Charles F Broome edged out Dominic Jackman on tie-break to claim the 2016 Under 10 national chess championship from a field of 22 players last Saturday. Both players finished with 5 and a half points after both players had drawn their head to head encounter and had won their other 5 remaining games.

When Gill defeated the then unbeaten leader Cameron Ziadie in round 5, it took Gill and Jackman out to the front of the pack and each player went into the last round on 5 ½ points. Both players knew that if they could garner victories in the last round, it would be up to a tie-break to decide the overall victor.

In the last round Gill defeated Tiequon Pinder, while Gill eventually managed to overcome Katie Mastrosimone of the U.S.A. The tie-break then favoured Gill as he had played players with better overall results over the tournament.

Finishing in third was former leader Cameron Ziadie on 5 points who defeated Joseph Whelan in the last round. Katie Mastrosimone finished on 4 points to finish in fourth spot.

Winning the Under 8 section was Ryan Mastrosimone on 3 points ahead of Aaron Taylor on 2. These were the only two players in the Under 8 section and duly won the prizes on offer.

The next tournament on the Barbados Chess Federation calendar is the 2016 Massy sponsored Girls chess tournament for females under 20 years old. This begins this Saturday, June 25th  at the Bridgetown Chess Centre, Cavans Lane in the city at 9.00 a.m.

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Jadyn Gill, Under 10 chess champion