Warner blows away field
FIDE Master DelisLe Warner swept aside all challengers from a small but competitive field to win the 2010 National Blitz Chess Championship with seven points from seven games on Independence Day.
Blitz chess is a rapid form of chess in which both players have five minutes to complete the game.
Although Warner was the second seed, below Barbados-based Swede FIDE master Bengt Hammar, he played like a man possessed.
After disposing of Hammar in round three, he used his experience to defeat all the other players over the next four games.
Hammar, who recently had a wonderful performance at the World Senior Championships in Italy, where he placed 21st from a field of about 200, finished second with six points.
His only loss was to Warner, as he was able to overpower most of his other youthful challengers.
In third spot was top Lodge School Under-15 player Orlando Husbands, who suffered defeats against the top two finishers and ended with four and a half points.
A large group of players finished in fourth place on three and a half points. These included Under-20 champion Akeem Cox of Barbados Community College, and Bryan Prescod, Yutien Poon and Jakeel Harewood, all of Lodge.
Cox won the Best Under-20 Player prize, while the other three shared the Best Schoolboy prize.
The next event will be the Michael Forde Memorial. (PR)