Ja team wins five medals at 2016 Carifta Youth Chess
Jamaica won five medals - one gold, three silver and a bronze - at the recently concluded Carifta Youth Chess Tournament held in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, between March 24 and March 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 seventh 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. Kishan, 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.
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 of Clarke in the Under-14 (female) and Under-16 (female) sections, having finished behind Adani 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.