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An “unretired” FM Philip Corbin drawing Billy Turner at the 2014 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. With the World Open only a few weeks away, we always seem to refer back to novel games of that tournament whether played on the very top boards or boards in the amateur sections. The tournament will take […]

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The Heroes Day International Chess Festival took place from April 26th to May 1st, 2014 at the Chess Center, Cavans Lane, in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. Heroes Day was enacted in 1998 and gives honor to ten national heroes. This tournament has been traditionally held in late April to coincide with the holiday. WGM […]

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The 2013 edition of the Heroes Day Cup will kick off with two sections: Masters and Challengers. The Masters section is a six-man double round-robin led by GM Mesgen Amanov of Turkmenistan (2510). He will be joined by five Caribbean Masters three of which will vie for an IM norm. All five are former national […]

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The Chess Centre, Cavans Lane, Bridgetown January 19th – 21st 2013 Krishna Gray (Jamaica) Jamaica Woman National Champion, Krishna Gray, won her final two matches to capture 1st place the as the curtain fell on the 2nd Margaret Prince Celebration Chess Tournament which was played over the weekend at The Chess Centre in Cavans Lane. […]

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The Barbados Chess Federation has released its calendar for 2013 ending with its national championship in October and Michael Forde Memorial in November. The calendar covers both youth and senior tournaments as well as participation abroad. The Heroes Day Cup in April is probably the island’s marquee event that will attract international players. It is […]

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Bridgetown Chess Centre, Cavans Lane, Bridgetown Barbados July 10th – 13th, 2012 PRESS RELEASE 4: 2012-07-15 Husbands, Prescod and Yearwood Take Sagicor Chess Honours Central America & the Caribbean Boys Under-14 Gold Medalist and defending Sagicor Under-20 Junior Chess Champion, Orlando Husbands of The Lodge School, successfully defended his title and joined the exclusive club […]

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Barbados’ Dr. Philip Corbin released his life-long affair with chess by releasing his autobiographical “Calypso Chess” in July. Dr. Corbin was asked how the book can be purchased outside of Barbados and he stated that he was working to get the book distributed by Amazon.com, the world’s largest bookstore. That time has come and the […]

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Nations defending honor: Barbados, Aruba, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Photo by Barbados Chess Federation. At the closing ceremony of the 2010 Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced a US$100,000 per year, five year sponsorship deal to fund two new tournaments in the Americas, the Latin America […]

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Dr. Philip Corbin has had a very venerable career in Barbadian or “Bajan” chess. He is perhaps known most for his swashbuckling attacking style and affinity for the Elephant Gambit (seen in the photo). For the past several years Corbin has been working on a compilation of his games and a autobiography of his 40-year […]

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Margaret Prince Celebration Ladies Tournament 2010 Margaret Prince Barbados’ 1st Women’s Chess Champion, Margaret Prince was an icon of the local chess community and one of its most vocal advocates for Women’s Chess. She was a former Vice-President and Founding Member of the Barbados Chess Federation, serving a number of times on its Executive Management […]

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GM Alexander Shabalov (USA) and Gilles Suez-Panama (Martinique) Photos from barbados.org. Alexander Shabalov won the Heroes Day Cup with an impressive 7.5/9 losing only to fellow-GM Alonso Zapata who came in second. The Latvian-born, US citizen combined tactical alertness with positional understanding to outpace a field of 14 players from ten different countries. This was […]

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Barbados’ Allan Herbert (pictured above right) has announced the Heroes Day Cup which will feature a number of standouts from more than ten federations. The Chess Drum will be covering what is hailed as Barbados first GM norm tournament. In the field are a number of National Champions, past and present. The event is sponsored […]

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38th World Chess Olympiad Dresden, Germany 12 – 25 November 2008 Press Release 1: Sunday November 9th 2008 BARBADOS TEAM DEPARTS FOR DRESDEN The Barbados Contingent for the 38th World Chess Olympiad departed from Grantley Adams Airport today on British Airways for Dresden, Germany. Based on teams registered, Dresden will not only be a reform […]

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Almost everyone has sat down and played a casual game of checkers. However, few play the 8×8 version the way Grandmaster Ron ‘Suki’ King of Barbados plays it. A layman may not take this version serious and feel it is inferior to the 10×10 version known as “draughts.” Of course, we have learned about World […]

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Denny and Warner in firm command of National Chess Championships Web Posted – Tue Sep 16 2008 By Randy Bennett (Barbados Advocate) AFTER four rounds of action in the CGI/BOA National Chess Championship International Master Kevin Denny, and defending champion Fide Master Delisle Warner have shown their class as they remained the only two unbeaten […]

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HEROES DAY CUP Celebrating our Heroes in Chess Bridgetown, Barbados,-May 24-28, 2007 PRESS RELEASE: 2008-05-25 Grandmasters in for Digicel RBTT Heroes Day Cup The Grandmasters are in the house. US Grandmaster Julio Becerra and English Grandmaster Keith Arkell will be featured players in the Masters Section when the pawns start pushing at this year’s Digicel […]

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GM Maurice Ashley, first African American to earn an International Grandmaster Chess title, visited Barbados during February 2008. On 19th February, 2008 at 7 PM he delivered an inspiring oration at LV Harcourt Lewis Training Centre, Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd., Belmont Road, St. Michael. ** Be Inspired! The Road to the “Grandmastership”! […]

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Allen Herbert of the Barbados Chess Federation (BCF) reports that the 2nd qualifier to determine the last six players for the National Championship will start on June 20th. The eight-round format will be open to all BCF members. The top five players will go on to compete for the National Championship while the 6th player’s […]

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