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J'cans impress at CARIFTA Youth Chess tournament

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Jamaica's Kishan Clarke (left) is all smiles as he shares the spotlight with John Abramson, vice-president, US Virgin Island Olympic Committee, after winning the gold medal in the Under-10 (absolute) category at the Carifta Youth Chess tournament held in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, recently.

Jamaica won one gold, two silver and a bronze medal at the recently concluded Carifta Youth Chess Tournament held in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, between March 24 and 29.

In the fifth staging of the annual regional youth chess tournament, players from seven Caribbean countries competed over four days across seven rounds of intense competition.

After the final round of play, Jamaica's Kishan Clarke, who achieved a positive score in six of his seven games, won gold in the Under-10 (absolute) section ahead of players from Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago.

Clarke, a former two-time Carifta Under-8 (absolute) gold medallist, just missed the bronze medal in the Under-12 (absolute) section, placing an encouraging fourth.

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Women Candidate Master Adani Clarke, Jamaica's national junior (female) Champion who twice before won Carifta gold in the Under-12 female section, copped two silver medals in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections and a bronze medal in the Under-14 (absolute) section.

Adani rotated positions with Surinamese Women Candidate Master Catherine Kaslan, who took gold ahead in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections, having finished behind the Jamaican representative in the 2015 edition of the Under-12 (female) Carifta competition.

Nishani Clarke, a previous Under-10 (female) Carifta gold medallist, won the silver medal in the Under-12 (female) section.

The top four in this section went into the final round on the same points and were paired against each other for the final game that determined the podium standing.