Day three of the Mutual Open Junior Chess Championships finished with Justin Kirton of St. George Secondary being the sole leader on 5 points.
In an action packed day, Kirton a former Barbados Junior Champion cemented his grip on the Mutual Open tile wins hard fought wins against former Olympiad Team member Olaudah Pryce of St. Leonards Boys and his training partner Dwayne Gilkes.
Two players closely follow Kirton on 2nd position with 4 ½ points, these being National Junior Champion Mark-John Alleyne and Allan Munro of Trinidad.
Both Alleyne and Munro had good morning matches with wins against Jamel Richards of Louis Lynch and Kevin Allman of Harrison College respectively. However their evening game saw them paired against each other which eventually played out to a draw giving Kirton a vital ½ lead.
Number 1 seed Junior Taitt also had a good day, bouncing back from his previous day's set back were he lost against Munro from an even position. Bear the brunt of Taitt retaliation were promising junior Nichloas Ford of St. Leonards Boys and Dwayne Codrington.
Taitt now sits in 4th place on 4 points with 5 other players, former Junior King Dwayne Gilkes, Jamel Richards, Olaudah Pryce, Lodge's Anthony Francis-Worrel and Combermere's Kofi Hinds.
With 3 rounds to go, there still a lot of play left in the Mutual Open Junior and attention will be focused the next round match up between Kirton and Alleyne on Board 1 and Munro and Gilkes on Board 2.
Play continues 9:00 a.m. at the Community College.
Allan Herbert--Barbados Chess Federation