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Board stiff

early upsets as chess tourney gets going

The 2012 Barbados National Chess Championship pushed off to an exciting start at the Bridgetown Chess Centre recently and it remains to be seen, who of the 12 players will be crowned the new chess champion of Barbados.

In the first round there were a few upsets and the most shocking was the defeat of many times champion, FIDE master Dr. Philip Corbin by The Lodge School junior Bryan Prescod.

Dr. Corbin who has retired from international chess, might be considering if his well documented hiatus might have inspired the youngster to record a memorable victory or if his semi-retirement has led to rustiness. Corbin with the white pieces got nothing out of the opening and then in a dynamic position blundered his queen and immediately resigned.

In another shock result, defending champion FIDE master Martyn del Castilho was held to a draw by top rated junior Yutien Poon. Del Castilho might feel disappointed in that in a long drawn out game, he achieved a clear advantage but then could not find the correct continuation to claim the point and had to be content with the draw.

However top rated International master Terry Farley had no such problems and disposed of first- timer finalist Lawrence Depradine quite efficiently.

Another first- time finalist also did not fare well. Andreas Janoha in his first major outing lost to the new Under-16 champion Kemp Lynch of the Garrison Secondary, while fellow first- timer Steven Lucas also went down to The Lodge’s Orlando Husbands.

In the other game former national champion FIDE master Delisle Warner had to fight very hard to pull back a victory against another junior, Jerome Harewood. Warner playing his pet French defence as black found himself under serious attack from the onset and was even the exchange down. However he steadied the ship and was able to turn it around to gain the victory.

In the next round the two featured games from the six will see defending champion Del Castilho against the top seed Farley, while the two top juniors in Husbands, (current CAC Youth Under-14 champion) and Poon will clash. Play continues on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile†girls Under-20 CARIFTA gold medalist Katrina Blackman of Sport Cave Hill and Central American and Caribbean boys’ Under-14 gold medalist Orlando Husbands of The Lodge School, were among the featured players on show when the first†round of the Sagicor-sponsored Barbados Open Juniors Chess Championships got underway this evening at the Bridgetown Chess Centre.

†They and Barbados’ top juniors will be joined over the next four days by players from Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique and Guyana to vie for honours in three age categories; Under-20, 16 and 12.†The Sagicor Open Juniors, in its 28th year, has played a major role in the development of junior chess in the English-speaking Caribbean. Many of its previous winners have continued to become national champions of their country and internationally titled by FIDE, the world governing body for Chess.

†Play commences at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day with the final round this Friday.

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