Eleven chess players from Bermuda participated in the 8th annual CARIFTA Junior Chess Championships held in Curacao from April 18th -23rd, competing among 187 Caribbean players in under-20, under-16 and under-12 age categories.
Preparation for the tournament began six months ago with a group of keen junior players meeting every Saturday afternoon at the Bermuda Housing Corporation on Church Street to learn and practice all aspects of chess.
The training was led by instructors Sergey Goncharov and Mark Flanagan, who also coached the team during the tournament. All preparations were overseen by the Bermuda Chess Association’s General Secretary Andrea Marshall-Harris.
The CARIFTA Championships required each participant to play 7 games over 4 days against opponents within their respective age categories. After seven hard-fought rounds Bermuda had won their first ever CARIFTA Chess medals.
Dylan Flanagan – being the youngest player in the tournament, at 5-years old – narrowly missed the tie-break for gold, and attained the silver medal for Bermuda in the Under-8 Open subsection. Niccolo Walrond won the Bronze medal for Bermuda in the Under-20 Open subsection.
All eleven Bermuda players acquitted themselves superbly. The highlight of the tournament was Round 2 where the team scored 7 wins from 11 games. Congratulations to all players who participated, all parents and the Bermuda Chess Association members who supported the team.
The Bermuda Chess Association thanked the Ministry for their support.
Final standings for each player in their respective subsections:
Under-20 Open subsection
Under-18 Open subsection
Ryne Cash 9th
Conor Outerbridge 12th
Cormac Sagurs 13th
Under-16 Open subsection
Under-14 Open subsection
Under-12 Open subsection
Under 10 Female subsection
Maya Kikkeri 6th
Aditi Varwandkar 7th
Under-8 Open subsection
Dylan Flanagan 2nd
Odin Flanagan 4th