After three rounds of the five in the KSM National Seniors Chess championship, FIDE master Dr Philip Corbin is in the soul lead with a maximum of three points.
Dr Corbin defeated Mark Lowe over the weekend in his third round match with a polished performance, where he took a one-pawn advantage into the endgame and showed good technique in converting the victory.
This would have been a little out of the mould of Corbin, who has been known for his swashbuckling attacks against opponent’s kings in true kamikaze style. Corbin continues his good form after coming off a victory in the 2017 Heroes Day Open section tourney over those holidays.
Lying in second spot is the evergreen Othneil Harewood on two and a half points after he won from the experienced Anthony Earlam in his latest game. Harewood would have been happy to defeat the higher rated Earlam, who is making a return to the boards after a layoff of almost two years.
Other important results saw Allan Herbert defeat Richard Haddock and ace checkers player Michael Barker winning from Rohan Waithe. These result now see three players in third spot on one and a half points – Lowe, Herbert and Barker in that order on tie-break.
The featured match in the next round to be played on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Bridgetown Chess Centre will see Dr. Corbin having the black pieces against the second placed Harewood in a battle that most likely will decide the championship.
This first seniors’ championship is an endeavour by the Barbados Chess Federation to allow older players to come out and leisurely participate in their favourite sport without a rigorous schedule and not facing the tenacious young guns in the sport. Vice president Kelvin Daniel said that seniors’ chess was played internationally at two levels – the fifty-plus age category and the sixty-five plus category and was played from the Pan American level up to the senior world championship level.