Husbands blitzes them all

International Master Orlando Husbands put in an almost flawless performance to retain the Barbados Chess Federation’s National Blitz Championship last weekend.

Competing in his first domestic event of the year, Husbands scored eight and a half out of a maximum nine points to secure top honours in the championship that was played as an online event due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor sports.

The 24-year-old Husbands, the No. 2 seed, defeated the majority of his opposition but was denied a clean sweep, having had to settle for a draw against top seed and fellow International Master Delisle Warner in the sixth round.

Husbands’ success followed his outstanding performance to share top spot at the recent Sub-Zonal Qualifier to the 2023 FIDE World Cup in the Dominican Republic after which he achieved the highest ever FIDE (International Chess Federation) rating by a Barbadian. (BCF)


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