In the midst of a controversial decision to cut the allowance of talented grandmaster Oliver Barbosa, it was looking highly unlikely that he would be taking part in the Chess Olympaid. It seems, however, that he has overturned his decision and will now be a key player in the event.
The event which will take place in Tromso, Norway from August 1st to the 15th is an important one for the country, which is the reason Barbosa has overturned his previously hesitant mind-set.
The Phl executive director of the National Chess Federation confirmed that Barosa will definitely be part of the much anticipated chess event.
Barbosa had previously been forced to leave his country when the decision was made to cut his pay cheque. This was a decision made on the basis of his failure to succeed in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games. It left Barbosa devastated as he could no longer sustain the lifestyle he was used to and had to go on the search for winning tournaments in the US.
The uncertainty of Barbosa was worrying for the Chess Olympaid, as they have already lost out on their best player, Wesley So. So has decided to take on a role as the US coach, rather than being part of the event. It is thought that Barbosa was also considering making this switch, until his love for his country got the better of him.
Barbosa scored 7 points in the 10 matches of the 40th Istanbul Olympaid, which was held two years ago. He held an impressive rating of 2688.
The 27 year old held the title of International Master in 2005 and the Grandmaster title in 2011. He is a highly talented individual, who has played with some of the best chess players in the business. He was also the winner of the 10th Parsvnath International Grandmaster Tournament in New Delhi.
The news is positive for both camps and it is hoped that Barbosa can play his part in taking the country to victory, as well as giving his own individual profile a boost.
There is no doubt that his army of fans will be pleased with this news and will be looking forward to cheering him on in August. With so much doubt hanging over his decision, this is the best news for the game and to give the sport a welcome boost.
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