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Byron makes a move!

Published: Apr 25, 2012

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Three players, Yan Lyansky, Byron Small, and Chappel Whyms, entered the final round of the 3rd Bahamas National Open with 2.5/3, giving each enough points to claim a prize. Each player also wanted to finish on top. So, the stage was set.  Yan Lyansky was paired against Byron Small, and Chappel Whyms was pitted against Kyle Curry.

With little difficulty, Whyms scored a full point, finishing off Curry in a relatively quick 21 moves. The Lyansky-Small match, however, would be a marathon. For more than two hours and 50 minutes, Lyansky and Small maneuvered carefully around the board, seeking the elusive advantage. None was to come, until Lyansky, battling severe time pressure, abandoned his stubborn defense of the king to chase a queenside pawn, allowing Small’s queen to penetrate and deliver the final blow on the 50th move.

It was a monumental effort by both players. With both Small and Whyms finishing with 3.5/4, it was left to the tiebreak system to determine the overall winner. Chappel Whyms not only won this important event but also earned a spot in the 2012 Bahamas Nationals, scheduled for November.

Despite placing third, Yan Lyansky remains on top of the Grand Prix standings after three events. However, with six Grand Prix events left in the calendar year, the race is far from over.

The next scheduled event on the Bahamas Chess Federation’s (BCF) calendar is the Polhemus Darling Memorial on May 12. FILE PHOTO

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