Glenford Corlette registered a stunning victory over tournament favourite, Anthony Drayton, to end the third day of competition on 4 ½ points, temporarily assuming the lead when action in the LFS Burnham Memorial Chess Tournament continued at the National Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue yesterday afternoon.
Errol Tiwari also clawed his way back into contention and finished the day in a vastly improved position, on 4 points; his victims were Alexander Duncan and Frankie Farley. The players were scheduled to resume the battle for honours last Saturday morning but the organizers were forced to call off that session due to the unavailability of the venue.
When the action resumed yesterday morning, Corlette made a definitive statement from the onset when he defeated Davion Mars while Drayton spoiled Roberto Neto’s impeccable record of one week ago with an easy victory.
Former National Junior and senior champion, Taffin Khan, also edged closer to the top prize after defeating Roy Sharma and registering a draw against Neto to improve his tally to 3 ½ points. It was the only bright moment for Neto who also ended the day on 3 ½ points.
Meanwhile, Dr. Maria Thomas was a no show yesterday and remained on 1 point. Her opponent, Michael Chapp Jumbo, was gifted a walk over and he is also on one point. In other results, Davion Mars (3) defeated Rodwell Poole (2), Alexander Duncan (3) defeated Chino Chung (1) moments before the latter player defeated Rodwell Poole (2). Roy Sharma (2) also scored a victory over Alexander Joseph (1).
Though Corlette enjoys the lead, he cannot afford to be complacent as when the action resumes next week one could expect the stiff rivalry to continue. The players are aiming for a spot in the imminent national Championships even as they remain cognizant that this is a rated tournament and presents a grand opportunity to acquire improved ratings.
The tournament has been sanctioned by the local governing body, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF).
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