JAMAICA DRAW WITH UAE AT CHESS OLYMPIAD

Jamaica Observer, Jamaica
May 31 2006

TURIN, Italy (CMC) - Trinidad & Tobago provided the Caribbean with
its only win as Barbados and Cuba suffered losses on Day 8 at the
37th World Chess Olympiad on Monday.

It was not a rewarding day either for Jamaica, Haiti, Surinam or the US
Virgin Islands, who were all held to draws by the United Arab Emirates,
Brunei Darussalam, Honduras and Rwanda, respectively.

T&T, who have played erratically like most of the Caribbean teams
participating in the tournament, beat Thailand 2-1 to move to 16
points and into 81st place in the standings.

Barbados experienced their most disappointing result to date, going
down 3-1 to the Italian C team, a squad comprising mainly juniors.

The Italians benefited from unbelievable one-move blunders from two
of Barbados' most experienced players, FIDE Masters Delisle Warner
and Dr Philip Corbin.

Warner's mistake caused him to checkmate in two moves while Corbin was
actually checkmated, something that occurs very rarely at this level.

International Master Kevin Denny and Terry Farley drew their matches
against some International Master Spartaco Sarno and FIDE Master
Pierluigi Piscopo to rescue pride for the Barbadians.

Cuba, meanwhile, went down 3-1 to the Armenians, Dominican Republic
won 3-0 against Malta while the British Virgin Islands beat Aruba, 2-1.

Armenia extended their lead by moving to 24 points, while Russia and
Ukraine share second position with 22 points.