Campion cruises to title with draw
Campion College are winners of the PCJ Group National Schoolgirls Chess Champion-ship, securing a 1.5-1.5 draw against Immaculate Conception High in the final round of the tournament at PCJ Auditorium, in St Andrew.
Campion went into the fourth and final round on six points, needing only a draw against Immaculate to secure seven points and top honours.
Despite being the superior team on paper, Campion's Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee decided not to take any chances, eventually offering draws to their less-fancied opponents on all three boards.
Three teams ended on six points each, including Wolmer's Girls 'A', Immaculate Conception and Excelsior High 'A'.
Wolmer's Girls 'A' took home second place on a tiebreaker over Immaculate, adjudged third. Excelsior 'A' ended fourth.
Green Island High 'A' and Holy Childhood High ended on four points each. However, when the tiebreaker system was employed, Green Island 'A' took fifth place over Holy Childhood, who had to settle for sixth position.
Wolmer's Girls 'B' were seventh with three points and Excelsior High 'B' took eighth place on a tiebreaker over Green Island 'B', as both teams ended on two points. The Best Rural team award went to Green Island 'A'.
Individual category prizes were awarded to Campion's Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee, who were declared Best Board One, Best Board Two and Best Reserve, respectively.
The Best Board Three prize went to Alliyah Yankana of Wolmer's Girls 'A'. Campion's coach, National Master Ryan Blackwood, was adjudged best coach.
In closing the championship, chair of the Jamaica Chess Federation's (JCF) women's chess committee, Listra Clemetson, said they want to use the championship as a springboard.
"The JCF's women's chess committee is very pleased with the revival of schoolgirls chess, and we plan to use the foundation we have laid this year to build for the future," said Clemetson.
"We are thankful to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, who, over the last year and a half, has embraced the vision for the growth of the sport of chess in Jamaica at the junior level, through their support of the high schools chess championships, and we are encouraging other corporate bodies to throw their weight behind the sport," she added.