Bajan men and women notch chess wins

The Barbados men’s team strung together three consecutive wins in rounds 8, 9 and 10 of the 40th World Chess Olympiad currently being played in Istanbul, to recover lost ground and restore team confidence over the weekend.

In Round 8, the Bajan men started their recovery with a much needed 3 1?2 to 1?2 win over Guernsey.

Winning for Barbados was International Master Kevin Denny on board 1 against FIDE Master Fred Hamperl, International Master Terry Farley on board 2 against candidate Master Peter Kirby and candidate Master Shamel Howell, a member of the UWI Cave Hill Sports Programme, against candidate Master Toby Brookfield. FIDE Master Delisle Warner was held to a draw by perpetual check on board 3 by candidate Master Peter Rowe.

Round 9 saw Barbados win again by a 3 1?2 to 1?2 margin, this time against Fiji. As in the previous round, it was the trio of International Masters Kevin Denny and Terry Farley, and candidate Master Shamel Howell who were victorious on boards 2 to 4 against Neel Arora, Gor Arvind and Jasvindar Singh.

National champion FIDE Master Martyn del Castilho, a member of the UWI Cave Hill Chess Programme, rejoined the team on board 1 to draw against candidate Master Calvin Prasad.

Mauritania felt the full force of a Caribbean hurricane when Barbados blanked them 4 – 0 in Round 10 to score their third consecutive win. Playing for Barbados were del Castilho, Denny, Farley and Warner.

For the Bajan women, Round 8 saw them finally winning their first match of the Olympiad, beating Angola 2 1?2 to 1 1?2. Winning for Barbados were candidate Master Sheena Ramsey and Donna Forde on boards 3 and 4 against Maria Domingos and Fina Carlos.

National champion and CARIFTA gold medalist Katrina Blackman drew on board 2 against Irineia Gabriel. Angola’s only win in the match came on board 1 where Sonia Rosalina defeated Corinne Howard, a member of the UWI Cave Sports Programme. Sadly, unlike their male counterparts, Rounds 9 and 10 were not successful for the Bajan women, losing 2 1?2 to 1 1?2 to Fiji and 3 to 1 to Yemen.

In the Fiji match candidate Master Sheena Ramsay won for Barbados on board 3 against Hilda Vukikomoala while national champion and CARIFTA gold medalist Katrina Blackman drew on board 2 against Gloria Sukhu. Corinne Howard and Donna Forde lost on boards 1 and 4 against FIDE Master Kieran Lyons and Cydel Terubea.

Blackman was the only winner for Barbados in the Yemen match, beating candidate Master Nadmih Othman on board 2. Corinne Howard, candidate Master Sheena Ramsay and Donna Forde all fell to Amany Zewar, Mada Al-Sharif and Omaima Salah on boards 1, 3 and 4. (AH)

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