Russia won the women’s champions title and China the men when the 41st Chess Olympiad ended its 11-round schedule in Norway yesterday with Trinidad and Tobago checking out without much fanfare but with a flourish of fair sort.
The TT women’s team closed with a 3-one win against Ethiopia while the TT men head back home counting a last-round draw – 2-2 – with South Korea.
Overall, the TT women who won three matches, drew three others and lost five, finished 102nd of the 136 international representations.
The TT men were in 132nd position among the 177 teams.
Yesterday against the Ethiopians, TT’s Woman Candidate Master and Board One player Jovanna Smith won for the fifth time in 10 matches (one drawn); fellow Candidate Master Aditi Soondarsingh logged her third triumph in nine matches (two draws); Gabriella Johnson counted a fourth success in ten outings (two draws) and Najarah Rahaman lost for the fifth time in seven matches, one of which she won.
Della Marie Walcott, the other TT woman player, had a similar individual record as Rahaman.
The TT women won against Seychelles 3-1 and Palau 4-nil while drawing with Japan, Qatar, Namibia and Ethiopia (yesterday).
They however lost against Paraguay 4-nil, United Arab Emirates 3-1, Lithuania, New Zealand and the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia all by 3 and a half to a half.
The TT men fashioned wins against Seychelles (4-nil), Bhutan (3 ½ to ½) and against both Hong Kong and Honduras by 2 ½ to 1 ½.
Nepal (3-1), Lithuania, Brazil and Mongolia all 4-nil and Japan and Syria (3 and ½ to a ½)) beat Trinidad and Tobago.
Yesterday against the South Koreans, TT’s FIDE Master Ryan Harper carded his third win in his 11 Board outings which counted four draws and four losses.
Mario Merritt, the other TT FIDE Master played to a second draw in seven matches, one of which he won and candidate master Joshua Johnson had a first draw yesterday to end with four wins and four losses in nine matches.
Adrian Winter Howell suffered a sixth defeat in eight matches yesterday to leave with one win and one draw and Ravishen Singh watched his teammates play with his two-win-one-draw-five loss performance.
The next Olympiad will be held in 2016 in Azerbaijan.