FIDE Master Martyn Del Castilho, thanks to Goings Places Travel and Sun General Insurance, will make his debut at Senior Continental level when he departs Barbados for the XI Continental Chess Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, from May 27th to June 6th, 2016.
With 16 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters registered to play, and four qualification places to 2017 Chess World Cup in Batumi, Georgia, up for grabs, the 2016 Continental Chess Championships is shaping up to be one of the strongest events in the Americas for this year.
The top three seeds include Grandmasters Lazaro Bruzon Batista of Cuba, who is currently ranked 61st in the World Top 100, Argentinaâ€™s Sandro Mareco and Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli of Venezuela.
In presenting the sponsorship cheque, Sales & Marketing Manager for Going Places Travel, Mrs. Alana Gray, wished Del Castilho every success in his bid to qualify for the World Cup and his efforts to achieve his International Master Title.
President of the Barbados Chess Federation thanked Going Places Travel for the support to Mr. Del Castilho, noting that Going Places Travel and its staff have always been very knowledgeable and accommodating with the Federation over the years when planning travel arrangements for overseas engagements.
Del Castilho, who is on track to become the top rated player from the English Speaking Caribbean when the June International Ratings are published, expressed his appreciation to Going Places Travel and Sun General Insurance for assisting him in getting to the Continental Chess Championships which are an integral part of his preparation as a member of the Barbados Olympiad Team to the 42nd World Chess Olympiad later this year in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chess fans within Barbados can follow the event on http://www.chess-results.com where round by round pairings and results will be posted each day and where live coverage of the games from the 1st Round on Saturday May 28th can be viewed at http://www.ajedrezenelsalvador.org/broadcast-games starting at 2:00 p.m. Barbados time.