Bajans do well at 2014 Martinique Chess Open

Bajan chess players were among the prize winnes at the 3rd Martinique Chess Open tournament held over the last week in Martinique.

A strong contingent led by national champion FIDE master Orlando Husbands, International master Terry Farley, FIDE master Delilse Warner, Allon Richards, Bryan Husbands and Kelvin Daniel competed in an 88-strong player field which included players from nine countries including a number of strong grandmasters from Europe.

The top Bajan performer was Husbands, who finished 10th on 6 points from 9, also being the top under-18 player, finishing way above his initial ranking of 17th. Husbands continues to improve and this was shown when he upset Trinidad national champion FIDE master Ryan Harper as well as international master Geraldo Lebredo of Cuba, two players rated way above him. Husbands also had a good game against grandmaster Mattheau Cornette of France in the last round but was unable to hold on to a draw in the end.

Farley had a decent performance after a long lay-off, also scoring 6 points but finishing 12th on the tie-break.

Delilse Warner finished on five and a half points in 18th place to continue his good results. The highlight of his outing was a strong draw against Cornette.

Lodge school student Bryan Prescod also finished on five and a half points, gaining second place in the under-18 category. He also garnered a rating prize as well. Kelvin Daniel had an inconsistent outing, finishing on 5 points, while Foundation student Allon Richards finished on four and a half points, taking the under-16 top prize.

The overall winner of the tournament was grandmaster Christain Bauer of France, followed by Cornette and Talla.

Bajan junior payers will continue battling in the French isle as the 2014 CARIFTA Chess Championship is played over this Easter weekend.

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