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Solid start for chess masters


Solid start for chess masters

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BARBADIAN FIDE MASTERS Orlando Husbands and Yu Tien Poon have made a good start in the Central American and Caribbean Under-20 Chess Championships in El Salvador.

After three rounds of matches, both players were in joint second place on two-and-a-half points, having both completed two wins and a draw.

Husbands, the reigning CARIFTA Under-20 champion and No. 4 seed in the championships, comfortably won his first-round  game against Oscar Valencia of El Salvador and then battled to a draw in the second round against Poon, who is ranked at No. 11 in the tournament.

Poon was also victorious in the first round against Luis Ariza of El Salvador.

The competition intensified in the third round when Husbands met the fast improving Alejandro Rodriguez Nieto of the Dominican Republic and Poon squared off against the Honduran Edward Cantillano who pulled off a major upset in the first round when he defeated the highly rated Colombian candidate master Santiago Garcia Quinonez. 


However, the Bajan lads were up to the task and garnered the full points with victories against their worthy opponents

The Barbadian juniors were trailing leader FIDE master Ampie Mauro, who had a maximum three points.

The fourth round will be a critical for the Bajan juniors as Husbands faces the front-runner Mauro on board 1 and Poon battling Cuban International Fabian Gonzalez Lopez on board 2.

This year’s championship sees 25 of the region’s top junior players vie for the title of CAC junior champion which also confers the international master title on the winner. (PR)