The Sandiford clan can be very proud as brothers and Kyle Sandiford (Harrison College) Leigh Sandiford (Providence won the Under 14 and Under 10 National Chess Championships respectively as action concluded in the tournaments last week at the Harrison College venue.
After six rounds of play, Kyle finished on a perfect score of six points, a clear point ahead of the second and third placed finishers Shane Maughan (Queen’s College) and Tor Burrowes of Harrison College. Going into the last round, Kyle was already a point ahead of four other players in the chasing pack but showed no mercy as he defeated a lacklustre Cody Jack-Sargeant of The Lodge School.
In this final round Burrowes defeated Aaron Haynes to reach five points as well as Shane Maughan won form Azari Gittens. Burrowes finished in second ahead of Maughan on tie-break.
Other last round victors were Zachary Brathwaite, Michael Gangaram, Tyrese King, Tyson Holder, Joshua Burke, Miles Straughan, Gabrianna Moore and Tristan Small. Achebe Boyce and Tazia Sobers battled to a hard fought draw as Boyce’s time elapsed but Tazia had no material with which to mate him.
Young Leigh Sandiford emulated his brother by winning all of his five games in the under-10 section to also achieve a memorable family feat. When Leigh defeated his closest rival Jerem Gitttens of Charles F. Broome in round five, no other player in the field was in striking distance. Gittens finished in second on three points, while Jadyn Gill finished on two points in third position, just ahead of Nicholas Russell on tie-break.