Wilson wins Sagicor Jr. Open!
Barbados Barbados Barbados

AY Kumar, "New Chess King Crowned," The Nation News, 19 August 2007.

BRANDON WILSON is the 2007 Sagicor Open Junior Chess Champion.

Wilson, a participant at the championships for the last two years, improved on his 2005 first runner-up performance and a luckless outing in 2006, to be crowned the new chess king at the National Union of Public Workers headquarters, Dalkeith, St Michael, on Thursday.

However it was Trinidad and Tobago that took the lion's share of the prizes in the tournament.

Wilson shattered the Barbadian defence en route to clinching the title by defeating local players
Justin Blackman and defending champion Martyn Del Castilho in rounds four and five respectively.

Wilson then put the icing on the cake by winning a tense round six match against Trinidadian player
Keron Cabralis. Wilson ended his tournament success with an undefeated record by drawing a minor piece to end the game against Barbadian Shamel Howel in the last round to end on 6 points.

Del Castilho restored some pride to the Barbados team by securing second spot after he drew with
Onaje Lamont of Jamaica to bring his tally of points to 5.

Capturing third place on 5 points was 11-year-old Cabralis after he drew with compatriot
Chantal Fitzpatrick in the final round.


Note: I received a report from
Dr. Areti Y Kumar that the tournament was shortened one round because of Hurricane Dean. Wilson wins his second junior championship in a matter of a two weeks. He won the under-20 Caribbean title in Trinidad. FM Ryan Harper pointed out that Keron Cabralis won his game against Chantal Fitzpatrick.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 17 August 2007