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Warner and Richards take the lead

After three rounds of the Barbados Chess Federation national finals first qualifier at the Bridgetown Chess Centre, Cavans Lane†on the weekend, national senior player FIDE master Delisle Warner and former under-16 national champion Allon Richards of the Foundation school are in the joint lead.

Richards has been in splendid form and this was shown in round two when he beautifully outplayed the island’s top rated junior Yutien Poon of The Lodge school.

Richards won a pawn in the early middle game and was able to shepherd it down the board not allowing Poon a chance of counter play. Richards then confidently disposed of Lawrence Depradine of the Barbados Community College in round 3.

Warner, the top rated player in the field has been competent and careful in his play and in round 3 defeated current Central American and Caribbean under-18 champion Orlando Husbands of the Lodge school.

In a game where many pundits may have favoured the improving youth, it was the experience that won through on the day.

Other players scoring wins in round 3 included veterans Othneil Harewood and Anthony Earlam, Poon, Cuban Roberto Castillo, Luke Cardoza and Davis Terrell. Husbands, Harewood, Poon, Earlam, Castillo and Depradine all share second on two points, a point adrift of the leaders.

In round 4†the clash that will hold the spectators’ attention will be Richards playing white against Warner.

Games will continue Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesday s at 6 p.m.

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