Del Castilho beats Grandmaster
BARBADIAN Martyn Del Castilho has toppled a Grandmaster at the XI Continental Chess Championship in El Salvador.
The four-time national champion upstaged Colombian Grandmaster Sergio Barrientos in a fourth round game on Monday to keep on the heels of the front-runners.
It was the third victory by FIDE Master Del Castilho in the 11-round tournament that has attracted 13 Grandmasters and 11 International Masters.
The 27-year-old Del Castilho defeated Hector Lemus of El Salvador in Saturday’s opening round before losing in the second round to Grandmaster Fernandez Morovic of Chile.
He bounced back in the third round with a victory over Flores Jaurez of Guadeloupe.
With three points, Del Castilho was in joint ninth-place in the 77-strong championship in which American Grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman was the leader with a maximum four points.
The top four finishers at the Continental Chess Championship will qualify for next year’s Chess World Cup in Georgia, United States.
Del Castilho’s participation is sponsored by Sun General Insurance and Going Places Travel. (HG)