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ROUND 5 OF SUBZONAL 2.3.5

IM Munoz stands alone in the lead…but 4 Trinis and 2 Bajans in the top 10

IM Munoz made it 2/2 by defeating Trinidad’s Master, Allan Munro (hours after getting by Ryan Harper). Munoz of Equador now stands alone in the lead on 5 of a possible 5 and will now play Venezuelan Ariel Marichal today (Sunday) at 3pm.

Meanwhile on board 2, Harper defeated fellow countryman, Ravishen Singh. They fought long and hard but Ryan outlasted Singh in the endgame where they each had a bishop and knight.

Climbing into striking range of the top spot is Trinidad & Tobago’s National Junior Champion, Vishnu Singh. Vishnu held Aruban Master, Jasel Lopez to an interesting draw. Singh sacrificed a pawn in the opening but quickly got compensation for his pawn keeping Jasel on his toes. Vishnu’s draw puts him in 11th position in the standings and earns him a match against the tournament’s top seed, FIDE Master Puntier of the Dominican Republic. If Vishnu wins later today, he will be only a point and a half away from the FIDE Master title.

Sitting next to Vishnu was Bajan FIDE Master, Delisle Warner, who continued his form by punishing Surinamese Auke Treu for inaccuracies in his King’s Indian Defense. Delisle used up very little time on his clock as he sat on the board and analysed while his opponent was thinking. Warner seemed to have no trouble whatsoever as he terrorized Treu and then simplified into an endgame with 2 extra pawns. Warner is now in 3rd position in the tournament behind Munoz and Harper, with Bajan wonder kid, FIDE Master Orlando Husbands in 4th place.

Finally, let us celebrate the women in this subzonal. In round 5 WCM Aditi Soondarsingh held former Trinidad National Champion, Yogi Ramsingh to a draw. With that performance Aditi now moves to 2 points, together with fellow Olympian Gabriella Johnson. Just ahead of them is Trinidad’s first WCM, 2013 National Women Champion, 16 year old Javanna Smith. The other women in the tournament are Nikeilia Chuniesingh, Della Marie Walcott and Shannon Yearwood.

Today’s round, which starts at 3pm, will be exciting as many players draw closer to their goal of getting titles. Come down and see it happen at Ambassador Hotel or read the round by round reports provided to you on your website: www.chesstt.org

To see the current standings feel free to  use the link: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr128344.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=5&flag=30&wi=821

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