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Chess trio triumphs

Martyn Del Castilho overcame his Afghan opponent.

Barbados crushed Afghanistan 3 1?2 to 1?2 yesterday to win their first match in the men’s section of the 40th World Chess Olympiad, currently being played in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Afghans were simply outclassed as the Bajan trio of national champion FIDE master Martyn Del Castilho on board 1, international master Terry Farley on board 2 and FIDE master Delisle Warner on board 3, all won their games against Habibullah Amini, Wahabuddin Mirzaad and Khaiber Farazi.

On board 4, Shamel Howell, a member of the UWI Sports Programme, drew his game against Zabiullah Ahmadi but not after some anxious moments with making the time control which he erroneously thought he had miscalculated.

In what was the best round for the Caribbean so far, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Suriname and Curacao also won their first matches of the tournament by beating Liechtenstein 3 1?2 to 1?2, Mauritania 3-1 and Mauritius and Ghana 2 1?2 to 1 1?2, respectively.

Haiti drew 2-2 with Jersey. Cuba, the top Caribbean team, suffered their first defeat of the tournament, losing 3-1 to England.

Winning on boards 1 and 3 for the English were grandmasters Michael Adams and Nigel Short against grandmasters Leinier Dominguez and Yuniesky Quesada while grandmasters Gawain Jones and David Howell drew on boards 2 and 4 against grandmasters Lazaro Bruzon and Izan Ortiz.

Trinidad & Tobago had a disappointing round going under 3-1 to Andorra. Also losing their 3rd round matches were Bermuda 2 1?2 to 1 1?2 against Kuwait and the US Virgin Islands 3-1 against Libya.

In women’s action, Barbados missed a golden opportunity against Japan to win their first match.

Japan took the lead on board 3 when Donna Forde lost a difficult Queen versus three minor pieces game against Arisa Kikuchi.

Corinne Howard, a member of the UWI Cave Hill Sports Programme, equalised for Barbados on board 1 by beating Mirai Ishizuka and the match looked certain to be in Barbados’ favour with woman candidate master Sheena Ramsay the exchange up on board 2 against woman candidate master Emiko Nakagawa and O’shara Mason, a student of The Lodge School, a whole piece up against Karen Hoshino on board 4.

Sadly for the Bajans, Mason blundered badly to let Hoshino off the hook and Ramsay ran into time trouble and misplayed her position to give Japan the winning point and the match by a 3-1 margin. (AH)

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