Antigua and Barbuda gets first win but continues to struggle at Chess Olympiad

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Antigua and Barbuda’s woes continued in the ongoing Chess Olympiad in Batumi Georgia on Monday where they were defeated 3-1 by Gabon in their seventh round contest. It was the country’s seventh straight defeat. 
Jerry Aska, playing on board one, faced Gabon’s number-one ranked player while Hannibal Flemming, Seymore Smith and Andrew Warner played against unranked opponents on boards two through four.
The contest was Smith’s final one of the tournament as he is set to take on the role of head delegate at the FIDA congress which started Tuesday and will continue for the rest of the week.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Antigua and Barbuda achieved a historic feat, claiming their first board victory at the Olympiad but went under to Palau, 3-1, in the contest.
After Aska and Bailey had lost matches, Warner won his contest on board four for the country’s first victory. Antigua and Barbuda was slated to play the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

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