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HEROES DAY CUP


Celebrating our Heroes in Chess
Bridgetown, Barbados, April 28-May 2, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: 2005-04-30


Denny Leads Masters with Ferro and Neubauer

National Champion International Master Kevin Denny shares a three way tie for 1st Place with International Masters Martha Fierro of Ecuador and Martin Neubauer of Austr in the Cingular Wireless Western Union sponsored Heroes Day Cup Masters currently underway at the Conference Room in Bridge House, Canvans Lane.

Denny seized the lead from perennial arch-rival FIDE Master
Dr. Philip Corbin in round two after an uncompromising tactical duel in Corbin's pet Morra-Smith Gambit netted him three pawns and an easy endgame win.

Draws against his other local nemesis FIDE Master Delisle Warner in round three and tournament top seed International Master Martin Neubauer of Austria in round four rounded of a good start for the local National Champion who is on 2 points.

Cingular Western Union Masters top seed Neubauer also found the better of Corbin but by a different route, quite positional play, a style that runs counter to the flamboyant and attacking action of the local chess hero.

FM Dr. Philip Corbin facing arch rival IM Kevin Denny.

The Austrian's win along with draws in rounds 1 and 2 against the sole female player in the Heroes Day Cup Masters, International Master Martha Fierro and International Master Humberto Pecorelli was sufficient to secure a position with the leaders on 2 points.

Fierro, whose play has been as stunning as her looks, joined the Corbin feeding frenzy in round 4 by out witting the local maestro to help him post his third loss in a row.

FIDE Master Delisle Warner found fortune on his side as Fierro missed a win in their 2nd round encounter. Warner was able to force a draw and this along with another missed chance against Cuban Master Humberto Pecorelli took Fierro to 2 points and a share of tehtop spot with Denny and Neubauer.

In the RBTT sponsored Candidate Master Section of the Heroes Day Cup, the Trinidad contingent of Ravishen Singh and FIDE Master Mario Merrit could not ask for a better start. Singh, a medalist at the 2002 Istanbul Chess Olympiad, leads the RBTT standings with 3 points.

Wins against compatriot Merritt in round 1, Barbados'
Dirk Austin in 3 and Venezuela's Cesar Ramos in 4 established Singh as the man to catch. Only top Barbados junior, Lodge School student, Martyn Del Castilho has managed to slow him down with a hard fought draw in round 2.

Ravishen Singh in deep thought.

Ravishen Singh

Merritt bounced back from his opening loss to score wins against Giles Suez-Panama of Martinique, veteran Bajan player Othneil Harewood and Fabio Mensing of the Netherlands Antilles share second spot with Terry Farley.

Farley, with some measure of fortune on his side, converted what many concluded was a loss position to a win against compatriot
Martyn Del Castilho in his opening game.

He then became bogged down by Austin and Ramos with draws in the next two rounds before posting a win against the young
Justin Blackman of Queens College to join Merritt on 2nd place in the RBT Candidates with 3 points.

Play continues tomorrow for both the Cingular Western Union Heroes Day Cup Masters and the RBTT Candidates at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Bridge House while results and games can be found on the Barbados Chess Federation's Web Site
www.barbados.org/chess.

~ Allan Herbert


Masters

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10

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Candidates

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9

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Posted by The Chess Drum: 1 May 2005