Marichal and Prescod are Heroes Day chess champions

IM Delisle Warner (left) in battle with Puerto Rico’s Alejandro Montalvo during the Heroes Day Chess Festival.

Arial Marichal of Venezuela and homeboy Bryan Prescod captured the Masters and Candidates divisions respectively when the annual Heroes Day Chess Festival ended today.

Marichal overcame a tough field, which included three International Masters (IM), cruising to victory with six points after seven rounds of action.

After taking a clear lead, he ended with draws against Trinidad’s Vishnu Singh and International Master Kevin Denny of Barbados.

FIDE Master Martyn Del Castilho finished in second place on five points, while  IM Terry Farley ended in third position on four and a half points. IM Delisle Warner, IM Kevin Denny and FM Orlando Husbands of Barbados all finished tied on 4 points.

Bringing up the rear were Puerto Rico’s Alejandro Montalvo and Singh on two and a half points each.

In the candidates section, the Lodge School’s Prescod followed up on his good form at CARIFTA – where he captured bronze in the Under-20 division.

He put in a solid performance, winning six  games and drawing his final game to take top spot.

Kemp Lynch scored five and a half points to take second place on the tie break ahead of Lawrence Depardine. Veterans Leonard Duncan of Trinidad And Tobago and Barbados’ Othniel Harewood finished tied on fourth with five points each. Also on five points, but behind on the tie break was Justin Kirton, who was making a comeback after many years.

FIDE Master Dr Philip Corbin, who was also making a comeback, ended on 4.5 points tied with Allon Richards and Allan Herbert.

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