Barbados: Hannah Wilson to participate in Central American and Caribbean Games

Hannah Wilson secured the national Women’s Chess team for the Central American and Caribbean (C.A.C.) Games are scheduled to be held in Santo Domingo, El Salvador, next month.

Barbados: Hannah Wilson to participate in Central American and Caribbean Games
Barbados: Hannah Wilson to participate in Central American and Caribbean Games

Barbados: Hannah Wilson secured the national Women’s Chess team for the Central American and Caribbean (C.A.C.) Games are scheduled to be held in Santo Domingo, El Salvador, next month.

14-year-old Hannah is the current under-18 national female chess champion, and just last April, at the age of 13, she created history by becoming the youngest player to win the Barbados Chess Federation’s Ladies National Championship when she upstaged more seasoned opponents, including two former ladies national champions, to win the title in exciting fashion.

The third form student of Queen’s College started playing chess when she was a student at People’s Cathedral School after a friend invited her to try the game and with the help of social media, she has improved on her game to top the island’s women and compete successfully in the region.

Playing in her first Primary School Chess Championships in 2018, she scored a perfect 100% for People’s Cathedral and when she moved to Charles F Broome School, she joined the chess club at the school and she has become a household name in the game of chess in Barbados.

Self-trained, focused and disciplined, Hannah was just 9 years old when she won The under-9 girls’ championship at the 7th CARIFTA Championships in 2018 and in 2019, she won the girls’ under-12 division at the 8th CARIFTA Chess Championships in Curacao. Later in the year, she had a top five finish at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championships in Honduras where she was the only representative from Barbados and a 10th place at the Pan American Youth Championships in Ecuador in July.

Hannah’s outstanding performances continued at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Festival in 2021 where she took the top spot in the under-12 Female section.

In June last year, Hannah placed fifth at the FIDE World School Chess Championship in Panama where she competed in the under-13 division with 34 competitors from across the globe vying for top honours.

Later in June, she competed in the XXXII Pan-American Youth Chess Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay before leaving for Chennai, India to play in the 2022 FIDE Chess Olympiad.

In Chennai, Hannah scored five and a half out of ten points at the Olympiad and improved her rating to 1573. She was conditionally awarded a title following this performance at the 44th FIDE Olympiad in Chennai, India.

In November last year, Hannah won the silver medal at the 2022 Central American and Caribbean (C.A.C.) under 14 female chess championship which was played in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 

In February, Hannah placed second behind the more experienced senior male player, Renald Rochester in the CB Gilkes Open Chess Tournament and she was third in the 2023 Heroes Day chess tournament when she was the highest placed local player in the field.

Despite Hannah’s dedication to chess and the amount of travelling she does during school time for tournaments, Hannah’s school work has never suffered. She is an honour roll student and last year while having to travel during exam time, she was exempted from her end of year exams and promoted on the basis of her excellent terms’ work.

In 2019 Hannah won the Barbados Olympic Association, ‘Special Junior Athlete Recognition Award’ and this year she won the ‘N.S.C. Special Award’ at the 2023 N.S.C. awards ceremony.