Barbados’ women continue to win at chess

Barbados’ female chess team have scored their second victory in the 41st World Chess Olympiad being played in Tromso, Norway, beating Fiji 3-1 in Round 4 action.

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.

Scoring first yesterday for the Bajan women on Board 4 was 2014 CARIFTA bronze medallist Lydia Nurse who beat Aarti Sewak.

National champion Donna Murray gave Barbados a 2-0 lead with a win on Board 2 against candidate master Gloria Sukhu and candidate masters Katrina Blackman and Sheena Ramsay closed out the match with draws on Boards 1 and 3 against FIDE masters Kieran Lyons and Hilda Vukikomoala.

For the Jamaican and Trinidadian women, Round 4 was tough going, with both being whitewashed 4-0 by Australia and Paraguay.

In men’s action, it was another round of misery for the Bajan men who went under 2-1 to rivals Jamaica.

National champion Orlando Husbands gave the Bajan men a good start on Board 2 by beating Malaku Lorne.

But, in a tournament where very little has gone right for the local men, losses by international masters Delisle Warner and Kevin Denny on Boards 1 and 3 against Damion Davy and Andrew Mellace put the Jamaicans back in the lead.

This left FIDE master Martyn Del Castilho needing to force a win on Board 4 against Brandon Wilson to tie the match. Wilson defended stoutly, holding on to a draw and giving Jamaica a 2 ? to 1 ? victory.

Guyana won their first match of the Olympiad win a fine 4-0 drubbing of Burundi while Bahamas drew 2-2 with Fiji.

Trinidad & Tobago and BVI both suffered 4-0 losses against Lithuania while the USVI fell 3-1 to Afghanistan.

Round 5 sees the Bajan women featuring on table 2 against hosts Norway in a match which will be televised live on Norwegian TV, while the men square off against Haiti in a must-win encounter.

In the top of the table standings, China, Indonesia, Hungry, Russia and Iran share the honours with eight match points in the women’s section while in the men, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Serbia form the leader board, also with eight match points.


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