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Veteran Dr. Philip Corbin rolled back the years to brush aside his opposition and convincingly win the Michael Forde Memorial Chess Championship last weekend.

The seven-time national champion who has retired from national duty beat all seven of his rivals to emerge champion in the four-day event that was part of the Barbados Independence Invitational Games (BiiG) and sponsored by Massy Card.

Corbin, a FIDE Master, defeated (in order) Kyle Sandiford, Mark Lowe, Othneil Harewood, Justin Parsons, Emar Edwards, Akeem Cox and Nikita La Touche and was assured of the title ahead of the final round of games at the Chess Centre on Exmouth Gap, Brandons.

While the 61-year-old Corbin was a runaway winner with a perfect seven points, there was a hot battle for second place that involved six players.

In the end, another veteran, Othneil Harewood prevailed after defeating Kyle Sandiford in the last round to finish on five points, half-point more that the University of the West Indies trio of Cox, Parsons and Edwards.

Cox took third-place on the tie-break with Parsons finishing fourth and Edwards fifth.

The versatile Edwards, who also played in the squash component of the BiiG, had the consolation of winning the prize for the best under 1700 rated player.

Sandiford was sixth with four points while his younger brother, Candidate Master Leigh, who ended with three and a half points, was the best under 1550 rated player.

Another oldstager, Richard Haddock ,was the best under 1400 rated competitor with two and a half points while 2016 CARIFTA medallists Azaria Johnson and Segan Sandiford shared the prize for the best female.

The next tournament on the BCF’s calendar will be the National Blitz Championship which will be played on Saturday at the Chess Centre. (BCF)


FIDE Master Dr. Philip Corbin (right) defeated Emar Edwards in the fifth round on the way to winning the title with a perfect record. (BCF)

Philip Corbin (right) receiving his top prize from BCF president Allan Herbert. (BCF)

Second-place finisher Othneil Harewood collecting his prize from BCF president Allan Herbert. (BCF)

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