Drayton loses, Greenidge wins as Guyana go under to Brunei

The streak of wins on Board One by Guyana’s Anthony Drayton (no mean feat) was stopped at three by Brunei’s Azahari Siti Nur Fatimah Hj as the Guyanese lost by one and one half points to two and one half yesterday the seventh day of action at the 41st World Chess Championships in Tromso, Norway.

Playing with the black pieces Drayton was outplayed by the 1985 ranked Hj and resigned after 29 moves.

However on Board two Ronuel Greenidge ranking 1630 regained his form with a win over the higher 1860 ranked Syairazi Suni.

At the time the game ended Greenidge was not only ahead materially having the advantage of a rook and a pawn but he also had a pawn on a7, one move away from queening.

On Board Three Guyana’s Haifeng Su 1724 (black pieces) drew with Kamarunsalehin Kamis 1977 while Maria Varona Thomas (white pieces) resigned after a very complicated endgame against Azhari Md Aliuddin Hj ranking of 2030 which featured Thomas, King and knight against her opponents King, rook and pawn on h2.

Meanwhile, five players and two officials of Burundi have vanished from the Olympiad. The Burundi team played Guyana on Day four and was beaten 4-0 by the Guyanese but failed to show up for two rounds.

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