EXPERIENCE will be a critical factor in Barbados’ chances at the 36th Chess Olympiad starting in Mallorca, Spain, next week.
Barbados have named a strong six-member squad, managed by former national champion Peter Dawson for the October 14 to 31 tournament, which is expected to have representative teams from more than 130 countries around the world.
It will be the ninth occasion Barbados will be sending a team to the Chess Olympiad since making its debut in 1986 in Dubai.
International Master Kevin Denny, who has an international rating of 2 319 will lead Barbados’ challenge on Board 1.
Denny will be supported by FIDE Master Delisle Warner with a rating of 2 284 on Board 2; National Sports Council’s coach Terry Farley, who has an international rating of 2 267 and FIDE master Dr Philip Corbin, with an international rating of 2 252 on Board 4.
Mark John Alleyne, whose international rating is 2007 and Martyn Delcastilho have also been selected for their first Olympiad appearance.
Barbados are down to play 14 matches against separate countries and manager Dawson said the team would be seeking to improve on their best ever placing of 65th at the 1990 Olympiad in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
“This team has done a considerable amount of training together since the players were selected almost three months ago. Because of that, the team is very well prepared and team spirit is very high,” Dawson said.
“We also have a wealth of experience with Corbin, who has played in all eight Olympiads, Denny, who has played in a number of them and Farley. These are three players who have had the experience at that top level, including myself, so we will be able to guide the others as to what to expect.”
The team which leaves the island on Wednesday, is expected to receive assistance from English coach Adam Hunte, an International Master with a rating of 2 434.