FM Isam Ortiz (Cuba), WIM Nadya Ortiz (Columbia) and Luis Ibarra (Mexico) flash their trophies at the closing ceremonies.

FM Isam Ortiz (Cuba), WIM Nadya Ortiz (Columbia) and Luis Ibarra (Mexico) flash their trophies at the closing ceremonies. Photo by Barbados Chess Federation.

The Central American & Caribbean Under 20 Chess Championships for Boys & Girls were held 11th August 2005 to 15th August 2005 at NUPW headquarters, St. Michael, Barbados. Columbian Women's IM Nadya Ortiz won the championship with 8.5/9. The half point loss is due to her reaching Barbados late due to flight delays. Mexican Youngster Luis Ibarra won the championship in boys section on tie break and gets his IM title and 9 round GM Norm with a score of 8/9. The Cuban FM Isam Ortiz (8/9) gets the second place on tie break despite defeating the champion.

~ Barbados Chess Federation ~

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Peter Myers, "Wilson takes 3rd place to top English-Speaking Caribbean," 17 August 2005 (Clarendon, Jamaica).

Jamaica's National Under 18 Chess Champion Brandon Wilson scored a final round victory over Barbados' National Under 20 Champion Martyn DelCastilho, to secure 3rd place in the Boys' section as the curtains came down on the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Under 20 Chess Championships in Barbados on Monday.

Jamaica's National Junior Champion
Christopher Buchanan, who was tied in third place with Wilson going into the final round, could only manage a draw against Shamel Howell of Barbados, which left him in fifth position on 5 points. Jamaica's two other participants in the Boys section, David Lai and Valence Jordan finished 12th and 15th respectively.

The Boys' section was won by
Luis Fernando Ibarra of Mexico who took the first prize on tie break over Isam Ortiz of Cuba, as both players ended on 8 points from 9 games.

Brandon Wilson (Jamaica)

Brandon Wilson (Jamaica)

In the Girls' section, Jamaica's lone participant National Women's Champion Deborah Richards finished with 5 points from 9 games to take fourth place.

The Girls' section was won by
Nadya Ortiz of Colombia, who ended on 8 points. Second went to Gaspar Nelly Estrada of Cuba who finished on 7 points while third place went to Zenia Corrales of Cuba who scored 6 points.

~Jamaican Chess Federation~

Posted by The Chess Drum: 20 August 2005