Both Barbados teams tasted defeat in the fourth round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia today.
The Open team, which rested top player, International Master Orlando Husbands, lost 3-1 to the lower ranked Ghana, while the Women’s team went under 2.5-1.5 to the higher ranked Internationally Physically Disabled Chess Association at the Sports Palace.
It was an especially disappointing result for the Open side whose quartet included three players with higher ratings than their opponents and are ranked 28 places higher than the Africans.
With Husbands sitting out, Jerome Harewood was given his first outing for Barbados at the Olympiad but lost to Candidate Master Lionel Adu, the only player from Ghana with a rating higher than his opponent.
Candidate Master Bryan Prescod was the next to lose, going under to Anthony Ajavon, whose rating is more than 100 points lower than the Bajan.
Justin Blackman pulled back one for Barbados by defeating International Master Francis Anquandah and it appeared that Martyn Del Castilho was in a strong position to win his game against Candidate Master Joseph Mensah and earn a share of the point.
Del Castilho, who had beaten Latvian Grandmaster Nikita Meshkovs the previous day, blundered to give Ghana victory and condemn Barbados to their third defeat.
Over on the women’s boards, Barbados, buoyed by their 4-0 drubbing of Swaziland in the third round, would have been quietly confident of making an impression against the Internationally Physically Disabled Chess Association despite a difference of 30 ranking places.
Instead, the results never went Barbados’ way with Vanessa Greenidge, the first to lose, falling to Woman International Master Marina Kaydanovich, who has more than 300 rating points.
Julissa Figueroa did well to earn a draw against the highest rated player on both sides, Woman International Master Galin Melnik before Internationally Physically Disabled Chess Association confirmed victory when Katrina Blackman lost to Woman FIDE Master , Aleksandra Aleksandrova.
Donna Murray pulled off her second victory in as many days to win against Kateryna Sovietova in a marathon battle that lasted five and a half hours.
Like the Open team, it was also the third defeat for the Bajan women.
The Olympiad will continue with the fifth round of games on Friday.