ALBA GAMES: Dominica-based Nigel Francis beats Fide Master in Chess 

Nigel Francis became the first Dominican to beat a Fide Master in Chess at the 5th ALBA Games in Venezuela

ALBA GAMES: Dominica-based Nigel Francis beats Fide Master in Chess 
ALBA GAMES: Dominica-based Nigel Francis beats Fide Master in Chess  Image Credits: Sports Division Facebook Page

Roseau, Dominica: Nigel Francis became the first Dominican to beat a Fide Master in Chess at the 5th ALBA Games in Venezuela. Francis was the top Chess player from Dominica, with a score of 5/9 from the nine rounds played.

Sports Division of Dominica took to Facebook and shared glimpses of his matches at the 5th ALBA games. Sports Division added, “Nigel Francis set history at the 5th ALBA Games, becoming the first Dominican to beat a Fide Master in Chess at the 5th ALBA Games in Venezuela.” 

The reigning Dominica Chess Champion got the better of a Fide Master from Nicaragua. Francis was the top Chess player from Dominica, with a score of 5/9 from the nine rounds played. Dr Lyndon Auguiste also got 4/9.

On Monday, April 17th, 2023, five members of the Dominica Chess Federation formed part of the 130 member Dominica team participated in the ALBA games in Venezuela from April 21 to 27. This would mark the first time that Dominica would take part in these games. 11 countries are carded to participate in 35 sporting disciplines, over the week of activities. Dominica will be represented in 11 of these sporting disciplines and the Chess Federation is proud to be the enabler for our participation in the field of chess.

Federation members forming the Chess team are Nigel K Francis, Lyndon Auguiste, Carlton Morvan, Robert Bridet and Larry Thomas as Coach / Team Captain. People across the country wished the entire contingent well and looked forward to news of their successes at the different sporting events.

People across the country lauded the achievement of Nigel and extended wishes and greetings. One of the citizens named Nigel Corriette stated, “With a name like Nigel, you got to be great. Congrats on your accomplishment.”

Johanna Isidore added, “Indeed, congratulations are in order to you Francis. I requested that you take the lead and Indeed you did…I wish your fellow teammates similar success ….Once again, congratulations.”