Post-game analysis: FM Delisle sweeps the field with an 11-0 score! In this exciting battle, Corbin attempted to sidestep any preparation by playing the Tarrasch Defense against the French. Warner wouldn't cooperate and after the tricky 4
Ne4!? only sheer will (and not book knowledge) would triumph. Corbin characteristically sacrificed the famous poisoned b-pawn and Barbadian IM Kevin Denny remarked, "Corbin likes chaos....while Warner likes pawns...so they should both be happy." Seventeen-year old GM Gadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan thought that black was OK after snatching the pawn.
Corbin attempted to make use of dark squares by probing the kingside, but switched plans in mid-gear and maneuvered the Bishop from g5-c1-a3. Corbin could have won the exchange, but as a true attacker, he wanted to command the dark squares. Black was able to build a solid position as Corbin crept into terrible time pressure. This would eventually lead to his undoing. In the time scramble, white traded both of his Rooks for the Queen, but could not find a path to the enemy King. Warner had ample time, solidified and played a wonderful time-pressure move with 33
d4! which forced Corbin to spend valuable seconds.
Corbin frantically tried to drum up tactical shots, but had to keep an eye on the passed d-pawn. Unfortunately, the 7-time champion could not find the moves fast enough (despite the 30-second delay) and his lost on time. The final position appeared to be drawn, but both players played an exciting game and members of the Internet Chess Club (from around the world) certainly got a treat. Congratulations to FM Warner and the Barbados Chess Federation!