Women start well at Chess Olympiad

Barbados’ female chess team trounced Cameroon 4-0 over the weekend in round three of the 41st World Chess Olympiad, currently being played in Tromso, Norway, to restore some pride after a difficult first two rounds.

Barbados' female chess team (from right to left)Katrina Blackman, Donna Murray-Forde, Sheena Ramsay and Lydia Nurse.
Barbados’ female chess team (from right to left)Katrina Blackman, Donna Murray-Forde, Sheena Ramsay and Lydia Nurse.

The Bajan assault was led by national champion Donna Murray whose win on Board 2 against Tankeu Tchouateu gave Barbados an early lead.

Woman candidate masters Katrina Blackman and Sheena Ramsay sealed the deal on Boards 1 and 3 by beating Sylviane Magne and Rosine Ambade. It was then left to 2014 CARIFTA bronze medallist Lydia Nurse to complete the clean sweep when she took out Ariane Nga Tsimi on Board 4,

In fact Round 3 was a good overall round for the English-speaking Caribbean with Jamaica also scoring their first whitewash of the tournament beating Sudan 4-0 and Trinidad and Tobago holding Japan to a 2-2 draw.

For the Barbados men, the news was not very good as they fell to their second 4-0 defeat after only three rounds of play.

In what should have been a more evenly contested match, international master Delisle Warner, FIDE master and national champion Orlando Husbands, international master Kevin Denny and FIDE master Martyn Del Castilho simply could not get it right against a slightly higher rated but determined Singapore side.

For the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean men, Round 3 was also a disappointing round with the only bright spots being Trinidad & Tobago who beat Seychelles 4-0 and United States Virgin Islands who drew 2-2 against Togo.

Jamaica and Guyana both lost hard fought matches 2 ? to ? against Tajikistan and Liechtenstein respectively, while Bahamas went under 3-1 against Bermuda and British Virgin Islands 4-0 against Curacao.

Hopes of a recovery are now pinned on Round 4 which see the Bajan Men paired against the Jamaica while the Women’s Team take on Fiji.

Interested chess fans can follow the action live at 8 a.m. Barbados time at https://chess24.com/en/olympiad2014/live.


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