Bryan Prescod has emerged as the likely Barbadian hero as the annual Heroes Day International Chess Festival continued over the weekend.
Playing in the RBC/Neal and Massy candidates section, The Lodge School boy showed his class in chalking up four points from his four games. In rounds 1 and 2 he easily defeated Daryan Jordan and Giovanni Warner. In rounds 3 and 4 he was more than equal to the task and recorded emphatic victories over Pan American Scholastic gold medallist Allon Richards and Candidate Master Orlando Husbands.
Also on four points and playing some brilliant chess are Trinidad’s Kevin Cupid and Jamaica National’s Champion Andrew Mellace. In round 3, Cupid delivered a crushing blow to Roberto Castillo of Cuba and and Mellace won in dramatic style against Esan Wiltshire of Trinidad in a nerve-racking end game.
This sets up an exciting round 4 with Cupid facing off against Bryan Prescod, and Mellace battling Orlando Husbands and Esan Wiltshire coming up against Guyanese National Champion Taffin Khan.
In the Digicel masters section, Barbados’ International Master Kevin Denny on three points continues to hold a slender half-point lead, over Grandmaster Mesgen Amanov of Tukmenistan and Fide Master Ryan Harper from Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica’s Fide master Shane Matthews has two points, followed by local masters Delisle Warner and Terry Farley on 1.5 and 0.5 respectively.
The tournament is being played at the Amaryllis Beach Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church and concludes tomorrow with two rounds being played.