Reigning national triple crown champion Orlando Husbands and veteran Philip Corbin hold perfect records and share the lead after the first day of the Barbados Chess Federation’s National Rapid Chess Championship.
International Master Husbands and FIDE Master Corbin both reeled off four successive victories when the seven-round championship pushed off last Saturday at the Chess Centre on Exmouth Gap, Brandons, St. Michael.
Corbin, the top seed and seven-time National Open champion, defeated Jaydn Gill, Stephen Browne, Mark Lowe and Corie Elcock, while Husbands, who is seeking to win the national treble for the second successive year, won against Keon Lashley, Yeshua Hill, Cyprian LaTouche and Emar Edwards.
The two front-runners will clash in the fifth round when the championship concludes on Saturday with the last three rounds of games.
No. 3 seed Bryan Prescod occupies third position with three-and-a-half points, having scored victories against Tarquin Clark, Vanessa Greenidge and Othneil Harewood while playing to a draw with Taiye Estwick.
The top eight is completed by five players on three points – Elcock, Edwards, Estwick, Adam Roachford and ten-year-old CARFITA gold medallist Hannah Wilson.
Another five players are on two-and-a-half points – Hill, Browne, Lowe, Louis Wilson and 11-year-old Rory Prescod.
The Championship has attracted 35 players who are vying for a top prize of $400. There are also prizes for the second and third place finishers, the best female, the best player rated under 1600 and the best player rated under 1400.
The rapid version of chess is significantly more fast paced than the standard format and is often compared to a 50-over-a-side cricket match. Rapid games usually last between 30 and 50 minutes. Under the rules of the tournament, for each a game, a player is allotted 15 minutes plus ten-second increments for each move. (BCF)
Joint leader Orlando Husbands (left) playing against Keon Lashley, while Philip Corbin (second right), the other front-runner playing against Jaydn Gill in the first round. (BCF Pictures)
Third-placed Bryan Prescod (right) battling Tarquin Clark.