Candidate Masters win
United Insurance Secondary Schools Challenge
Candidate Master Martyn Del
Castilho and Woman Candidate Masters Corinne Howard and
Katrina Blackman posted an impressive 30 ˝ - 2 ˝ win in the
United Insurance Secondary Schools Chess Challenge to
officially open the 2009 United Insurance Secondary Schools
Chess Championships on Wednesday March 4th 2009
at The Lodge School
Barbados’ newest Candidate
Masters Martyn Del Castilho of UWI, Corinne Howard of
Barbados Community College and Katrina Blackman of Coleridge
& Parry School were surgical in their dispatch of the thirty
three egger students who came from Defending Secondary
Schools Champion The Lodge School, Harrison College,
Combermere, The St. Michael School, Alleyne and Coleridge &
Del Castilho had the toughest
challenge of the three exhibitors taking on fifteen students
simultaneous. However without even breaking a sweat he
completed his assignment with ˝ an hour to spare, winning
all fifteen games.
Howard whose challenge comprised
nine students came very close to a perfect score when she
ran out of time in a won position against Justin Parsons, a
1st form student at The Lodge School, to end with
eight wins and one loss.
Blackman, who is still at
Secondary School, put in a commendable performance by
scoring seven wins, one draw and one loss. Winning against
Blackman was Alchino Haynes, a 5th form student
of The Lodge School, while Jerome Harewood, a 1st
former of The Lodge, drew his game.
Attention now turns to the
actual United Insurance Secondary Schools team competition
which will be contested in three age categories Under-13,
Under 15 and Under-20.
Defending Champions The Lodge
School will be going for a historic 7th
consecutive Over-All title and up to press time their coach
Dr. David Jordan appeared very confident about the school’s
In the Under-20 Division the
main competition for The Lodge School is expected to come
from Lester Vaughn which will be returning with most of the
members of its 2008 team who placed 2nd to The
Lodge last year.
The Under-15 Division is
expected to be the most fiercely contest age category with
strong challenges to The Lodge School coming from Coleridge
& Parry, Harrison College, Queens College and The St.
In the Under-13 category The
Lodge School are also expected to start as favorites with
Harrison College possibly being the main rival.
Play start at 9:00 a.m. with the
1st Round and 1:00 p.m. with Round 2 at The St.
Michael School on Saturday March 7th 2009.
The featured event of the
ceremony will the United Insurance Chess Challenge, a
simultaneous chess exhibition in which thirty six players
from ten schools are expected to challenge Barbados’ newest
Candidate Masters Martyn Del Castilho of UWI, Corinne
Howard of Barbados Community College and Katrina Blackman of
Coleridge & Parry School.
Del Castilho, Howard and
Blackman all qualified for their FIDE Candidate Master
titles as members of the Barbados Chess Team at the 2008
World Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany.
A former student of The Lodge
School and a freshman at UWI, Del Castilho is currently the
highest rated junior player in the English Speaking
Caribbean. In Dresden he played Board 2 for the Barbados Men
where he qualified for the FIDE Candidate Master Title. He
will play sixteen players in the United Insurance Chess
Challenge, a feat which should be quite a challenge given
that he only has 1 ˝ hours complete his games.
Howard, a former student of
Combermere and a final year student at the Barbados
Community College, is a former Barbados Ladies Champion. She
spearheaded the Barbados Ladies Team in Dresden with a Board
1 performance that would earn her a FIDE Rating and the FIDE
Women Candidate Master Title. Like Del Castilho her time
limit will 1 ˝ hours but her challenge will be ten players.
Blackman, a 5th
former at Coleridge & Parry School, is the only member of
the exhibitor panel still at secondary school. The reserve
player on the Barbados Ladies Team in Dresden, this talented
and determined teenager posted a performance beyond that of
a reserve and qualified for the FIDE Women Candidate Master
Title. She will also play ten players for her part in the
United Insurance Chess Challenge.
The Opening Ceremony is schedule
to start at 1:00 p.m. at The Lodge School in St. John with
representatives from the Ministry of Sport, National Sports
Council and sponsors United Insurance on hand to make the
ceremonial first move and officially open the competition.
Actual play in the Under-13,
Under-15 and Under-20 Divisions will commences with the
rounds one and two on Saturday March 7th at 9:00
a.m. at The St. Michael School. Schools wishing to
participate can still register by contacting BCF
Vice-President for Junior Chess Trevor Griffith at 435-0798