Liberia Monday won its first match at a Chess Olympiad in Georgia.
The Liberian Chess Federation making its debut appearance at the World event made name for itself when Jacob Jallah defeated a top rated Chess International Master (IM) Barros Ravidenerira of Ecuador.
Barros Ravidenerira rated 2345 the world over fell to Liberia’s ranked number one Chess Master Jacob Jallah in a tight match at the Georgia Olympiad.
The win takes Liberia Chess Champions Jacob Jallah through to the second round of the competition.
Before his match, three other Liberians Chess Masters had suffered defeats to their respective challengers in round one.
Five Liberian Chess Masters (CM) are representing Liberia at the 2018 World Chess Olympiad (Chess World Cup).
They qualified to compete at the event after winning local opponents in the 2018 Georgia Olympiad Qualifiers in Monrovia earlier in the year.
Reacting to Liberia’s first win, Chess Federation President William Thompson it was a great result for the entire Chess delegation in Georgia and Liberia at large.
The 43rd Chess Olympiad, organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs and comprising open and women’s tournaments, as well as several events designed to promote the game of chess, is being held in Batumi, Georgia, from 23 September to 6 October 2018.