Nigerian International Master Oladapo Adu is visiting Trinidad for the second consecutive year and seems to have found comfort in the chess climate. Going into round #4 he has a perfect 3/3 score coming off of a tense win against IM Rafael Prasca of Venezuela. In a tense battle, both players repeated position and the game appeared to be heading for a draw. Prasca decided to go for the win, but overpressed and with seconds left blundered a piece. Adu will face veteran Julio Ostos, a Venezuelan International Master.
GM Gennadi Sagalchik took the day off with a quick draw against IM Julio Ostos while Mario Merritt and Jomo Pitterson fought to a hard-fought draw. Ramos drew with Denny after his patented 1.e4 e5 2.Ne2!? Nc6 3.f4!? This leaves the lone spot to Adu with Sagalchik, Ostos, Merritt and Cuba’s Ariel Marichal trailing by half-point.
Ashwari Akloe of Suriname is on a perfect score.
In the under-20, FM Keron Cabralis continues his hot streak with his fourth win in a row, a feat only match by compatriot Vishnu Singh. Both will battle in the 5th round. In the under-14, Andrea Rivas Figueroa and Christian Ammon are on a perfect 3/3 and will pair off in round #4. In under-10, Ashwari Akloe of Suriname is a perfect 4/4. She is well-known for her love of hats. Perhaps this is her secret to success!
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