International Chess El Salvador

J’can junior chess players score well in El Salvador

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jamaican juniors Shreyas Smith, Alistair Walker and Abigail Wong all recorded credible performances in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Chess Championships.

The tournament for Under-20 players was held in El Salvador, August 8-15. Among the other participating countries were Columbia, Mexico, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

The Jamaican contingent started with a handicap as a late arrival saw them missing three rounds. They were given half-point byes.

Shreyas Smith, the CARIFTA Under-20 Champion, went on to score five points from the remaining six rounds to finish on 5.5 points and 13th position.

National Junior Champion Alistair Walker finished on 4.5 points, while CARIFTA Under-20 Champion Abigail Wong finished on three points.

The coach for the Jamaican contingent, Mikhail Solomon, was very pleased with his charges. “Overall, the experience has been tremendous and Jamaican Chess can only benefit from this exposure. They managed to finish ahead of many Masters,” he said.

Women’s Championships 2013

Annesha Smith is new national women’s chess champ

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ANNESHA Smith was crowned national women’s chess champion after seven rounds of play in the 2013 National Women’s Chess Championship.

Smith drew her last round match with sister Melisha Smith to finish a clear first with five points.

The championships, held at the Norman Manley Law School, had eight of Jamaica’s top female players. Notably missing was 10-time Jamaica female champion Deborah Richards.

The 2012 champion Krishna Gray needed to win her last round game to repeat victory, but lost to WCM Ariel Barrett, therefore both tying for second and third position with 4.5 points each.

Junior female champion WCM Rachel Miller finished fourth with 3.5 points.

Rounding off the list was WCM Margoe Williams and Nikita Austin on three points, Melisha Smith on 2.5 points and Alethia Edwards on two points.

The annual championships was sponsored by Sports Development Foundation, Norman Manley Law School, Christar Villas Hotel, and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

Age Group Chess Championships 2014

Rachel Miller Tops U-16 Chess Competition

The Grace Tropical Rhythms 2014 National Age Group Chess Championships saw new champions crowned in the Under-8, Under-12 and Under-16 sections.

The new champions will represent Jamaica in international competitions in their age categories.

After six rounds, Campion College student Rachel Miller topped the Under-16 category with six points from as many games. Going into the last round, she was on five points facing Nathan Belinfante of Wolmer’s Boys on four points in a must-win situation. Miller eventually emerged victorious.

Second place in the Under-16 went to Akeem Brown of St Jago High, who had the better tie-break over Calabar student, Malik Sean Curriah on five points each.

The Under-12 section also required perfect play for Jaleel Thorpe from Bread Of Life Christian Academy to become the first rural player to win that title.

Over 200 children played in the first weekend of the tournament and 65 of those participants were in the Under-8 section.

AnthonyLyn-U82Mona Prep student, Anthony Lyn, won Under-8, while Dylan Baker and Kishan Clarke finished second and third, respectively.

Play continues this weekend at St Hugh’s Preparatory with the Under-10, Under-14 and Under-18 sections.

 

 

Carifta Chess 2014

Jamaica Chess Team Impresses at Carifta Champs

 

Jamaica’s five-member team captured the most medals at the 2014 Carifta Chess Championships in Martinique, despite being one of the smallest contingents.

The team of WCM Rachel Miller, Jaleel Thorpe, Adani Clarke, Kishan Clarke and Nishani Clarke took a medal haul of three gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze, placing third overall behind Trinidad and Tobago, and host country Martinique.

Jamaica’s national Under-16 champion Rachel Miller was the Carifta defending champion in her section. After a good start, winning three from three games, she faltered in a crucial game vs Trinidad’s Della-Marie Walcott. This loss meant she had to settle for second place with 5.5 points from seven games. Trinidad’s Shannon Yearwood won the section with six points.

National Under-12 female champion Adani Clarke made her international mark by continuing an excellent year so far to win the Under-12 section of the tournament. She did this with 5 points from seven games. This fete is even more remarkable as she had to compete with both boys and girls, since her section was unusually merged. She emerged the top female in the section.

The brother/sister duo of Kishan and Nashani Clarke rounded off the medal tally and brought home gold for Jamaica in the sub categories Under-8 and Under-10 sections, respectively.

National Under-12 champion Jaleel Thorpe finished a respectable sixth from 34 participants with 5 points. He narrowly missed the medal table by only half point. That section was won by Sean Yearwood with 6.5 points.

Mikhail Solomon was the coach for the contingent and he believes this is a sign of the growth of chess talent in Jamaica. The group returned home on Thursday and will continue preparation for the various upcoming tournaments.

New National Chess Champions Crowned

It all came down to the final round to decide the winners of the 2014 Digicel National Chess Championships. In the end, there were two new champions, National Master (NM) Andrew Mellace and Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Rachel Miller.

Andrew Mellace went into the final round leading by a point and needing at least a draw from his game against Shreyas Smith. Following closely was defending champion Candidate Master (CM) Damion Davy on 5.5 points and in a must-win situation versus NM Russel Porter. In the end, Davy did win his match but still could not catch Mellace, who turned back Shreyas to finish on 7.5 points.

In third place was NM Daren Wisdom on six points, who won his last-round game against a struggling Miguel Asher. NM Malaku Lorne slipped into fourth on five points with a victory over WIM Deborah Richards-Porter.

The top five of the Nationals will represent Jamaica at the Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway; but in fifth position, tied on 4.5 points each were NM Russel Porter and NM Brandon Wilson. The fifth player on the Olympiad Team is as yet undecided.

Rounding off the rest of the table was WIM Deborah Richards-Porter, NM Paul Brooks and Shreyas Smith on three points each, while Miguel Asher finished on two points.

14-year-old Champ

History was created in the Women’s Nationals, as 14-year-old Rachel Miller became the youngest female to win the local championships. She finished on 5.5 points, a full point ahead of her nearest rival WCM Melisha Smith. With a win in the last round, Smith could have finished tied with Miller, but she faltered against WCM Ariel Barrett and finished on 4.5 points.

Third place went to dethroned champion Annesha Smith on four points, and fourth and fifth went to Krishna Gray on 3.5 points, and Ariel Barrett on 2.5 points, respectively.

Apart from chief sponsors Digicel, other sponsors were Norman Manley Law School, Christar Villas Hotel and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

Both the absolute and female teams will begin training immediately for the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

14-y-o Rachel Miller in Historic Chess Win

Two new champions — National Master (NM) Andrew Mellace and Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Rachel Miller — were crowned in the 2014 Digicel National Chess Championships.

Mellace went into the final round leading by one point and needing at least a draw from his game against Shreyas Smith to claim the title. Following closely was defending champion Candidate Master (CM) Damion Davy on 5.5 points and in a must-win situation vs NM Russel Porter. In the end, Davy won his match, but still could not catch Mellace, who turned back Shreyas to finish on 7.5 points.

In third place was NM Daren Wisdom on six points who won his last round game against a struggling Miguel Asher. NM Malaku Lorne slipped into fourth on five points with a victory over WIM Deborah Richards-Porter.

The top-five of the Nationals will represent Jamaica at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. The fifth player for that team is not yet selected as the fifth and sixth placed finishers — NM Porter and NM Brandon Wilson, respectively — ended on 4.5 points each.

Rounding off the rest of the table was WIM Richards-Porter, NM Paul Brooks and Smith on three points each, while Miguel Asher finished on two.

Meanwhile, history was created in the Women’s Nationals as 14 year-old Miller became the youngest female to win the championships in Jamaica. She finished on 5.5 points, a full point ahead of her nearest rival WCM Melisha Smith.

With a win in the last round, Smith could have finished tied with Miller but she faltered against WCM Ariel Barrett and finished on 4.5 points.

Third place went to the dethroned champion Annesha Smith on four points and fourth and fifth went to Krishna Gray on 3.5 points and Ariel Barrett on 2.5 points, respectively.

Nationals (during)

Exciting end to final rounds of chess champs

 Thursday, May 08, 2014

It was an eventful final three rounds in both sections of the Digicel National Chess Championships.

In the absolute section, National Master (NM) Daren Wisdom elevated to the top of the pack with victories over Brandon Wilson, Shreyas Smith and Deborah Richards-Porter. He is now on 6/7 points.

Reigning Champion Damion Davy suffered a slight setback as he lost to Calabar High star Smith. He now trails by half point on 5.5/7. Also tied in second position is former champion Andrew Mellace on 5.5/7 points.

With only four rounds to go, the fight for champion status and a place in the top five is heating up. If it were to end right now, rounding off the top five would be NM Wilson and NM Malaku Lorne on 4.5/7 points.

Finishing top five is important because those players would likely be representatives at the World Chess Olympiad this summer in Norway.

The remaining participants are NM Russel Porter on four, Miguel Asher on 3.5, WIM Deborah Richard-Porter on three, NM Paul Brooks on 2.5, and Smith on two. Horace Sinclair and Alistair Walker have pulled out of the championships.

Going into the final rounds of the women’s championships, WCM Rachel Miller had all but run away with the title with a seemingly unassailable two-point lead. She, however, suffered a crucial round-eight loss to Ariel Barrett. Miller now has 5.5 points and lead the field by one point. Her closest assailant Melisha Smith on 4.5, drew with her on the weekend in a long battle and has one game remaining.

This is a postponed game against Ariel Barrett which will be played Sunday. If Smith manages to win that game then she would catch Miller and force a play-off to decide the National Women’s Champion.

In third position is Annesha Smith with four points, while Krishna Gray follows with 3.5 points and Ariel Barrett on 1.5.

Four remain unbeaten in Nat’l Chess Champs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AFTER three rounds of the Digicel National Absolute Chess Championships, only four players remain undefeated.

The top-five players in the championships will be named on the national team to represent Jamaica at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, in August 2014 and this, and with that at stake competition has become more intense.

Leading the pack is defending champion Fide Candidate Master (FCM) Damion Davy and former Caribbean Junior Champion National Master (NM) Brandon Wilson on 2.5/3. Damion’s path to 2.5 includes victories over former National Junior Champion Miguel Asher, Horace Sinclair and a draw with 2012 co-champion NM Andrew Mellace.

Brandon’s 2.5 total came from victories over 10-time Women’s National Champion WIM Deborah Richards-Porter, the reigning National Junior Champion NM Alistair Walker and a draw with NM Paul Brooks.

Following close behind the leaders on two points are NMs Andrew Mellace, NM Malaku Lorne and Daren Wisdom, respectively. Deborah Richards-Porter, Russel Porter and Paul Brooks are on 1.5/3. Rounding off the tables are Horace Sinclair, Shreyas Smith on one, Miguel Asher on 0.5 and Alistair Walker yet to score.

In the National Women’s Chess Championships, WCM Rachel Miller and WCM Melisha Smith are both leading with three points, but Miller have a game in hand. Former Champion Krishna Gray follows closely with 2.5 points and has a key match with Miller today. Current Champion Annesha Smith is on two points and WCM Ariel Barret is on 0.5.

Play continues today at 6:00pm at The Christar Villas Hotel on Hope Road. The events, held under the umbrella of the Jamaica Chess Federation, are sponsored by Digicel Sports Development Foundation, Norman Manley Law School, Christar Villas Hotel and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

Nationals Starts

After only tNM-Brandon-Wilsonhree rounds of the Digicel National Absolute Chess Championships, there are only four players undefeated. The top five players in the championships will be named on the national team to represent Jamaica at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, August 2014, and this, along with Digicel’s sponsorship package, has raised the stakes
making all games extremely competitive.

Leading the pack is defending champion Fide Candidate Master (FCM) Damion Davy and former Caribbean junior champion National Master (NM) Brandon Wilson on 2.5/3. Damion’s path to 2.5 includes victories over former national junior champion Miguel Asher, Horace Sinclair and a draw with 2012 co-champion NM Andrew Mellace.

Wilson’s 2.5 total came from victories over ten-time Women’s National Champion, Woman International Master Deborah Richards-Porter, the reigning National junior champion NM Alistair Walker and a draw with NM Paul Brooks.

Following close behind the leaders on two points are NMs Andrew Mellace, NM Malaku Lorne and Daren Wisdom, respectively. Deborah Richards-Porter, Russel Porter and Paul Brooks are on 1.5/3; and rounding off the tables are Horace Sinclair, Shreyas Smith on 1, Miguel Asher on 0.5 and Alistair Walker yet to score.

Playing alongside the Absolute Nationals is the National Women’s Chess Championships. WCM Rachel Miller and WCM Melisha Smith are both leading with three points but with Miller having a game in hand. Former champion Krishna Gray follows closely with 2.5 points and has a key match with Rachel Miller on Wednesday, April 30. Current Champion Annesha Smith is on two points and WCM Ariel Barret is on 0.5.

Play continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. at The Christar Villas Hotel on Hope Road. The events, held under the umbrella of the Jamaica Chess Federation, are sponsored by Digicel, the Sports Development Foundation, the Norman Manley Law School, Christar Villas Hotel and Magnificent Chess Foundation.FCM-Damion Davy

Digicel Sponsors Nationals

Digicel donates $450,000 to JCF as part of new partnership

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Digicel National Chess Championships are set to get under way today at Christar Villas in Kingston.

The telecommunications company has partnered with the Jamaica Chess Federation to stage the Championships by providing a sum of $450,000 for the sport which has grown significantly over the past few years.

Delighted about the new possibilities, President of the Jamaica Chess Federation Ian Wilkinson said the new partnership with Digicel is a perfect fit.

“The National Championships is our marquee event and Digicel is a marquee brand, it’s a perfect fit. It gives us greater exposure; it elevates the bar to a level that we’ve never been. It also gives the players, the organisers and the administrators a fair degree of comfort in that a number of our expenses, administrative and otherwise, will be covered,” said Wilkinson.

Currently, there are approximately 100,000 chess players in Jamaica and according to the federation president, the sport has seen approximately 20,000 new players in the last five to six years.

“Without doubt it (chess) is widely recognised as the fastest growing sport in the country and we are very excited about it. The Chess in Schools programme is also thriving and this partnership with Digicel can help tremendously in putting that forward on a greater level,” Wilkinson noted.

An awarding-winning chess player himself, Digicel Jamaica CEO Barry O’Brien was pleased to join forces with the federation. “Digicel is delighted to be on board. We see this as a long-term relationship. Chess as a sport is growing in Jamaica and we know the direct positive impact that it has on two areas that we are very focused on — education and literacy. So we are truly pleased to support the National Championships as title sponsor and to see the impact this will have on the youth and Jamaica in general.”

Continuing, O’Brien pointed to how mobile internet technology has also transformed how the sport can be played. “As a mobile telecommunications company, we also see the development of chess apps on smart phones as another vehicle to share the positive impact chess has on players’ intellectual development,” he added.

The partnership between Digicel and the Jamaica Chess Federation comes on the heels of the recent visit by Russian Chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who attended and addressed an amateur chess tournament hosted in his honour on April 5.

Students from various high schools across the corporate area participated in the tournament which was sponsored by Digicel.

Digicel CEO Barry O’Brien (right) was delighted to hand over a symbolic cheque valued at $450,000 to President of the Jamaica Chess Federation Ian Wilkinson signalling the company’s sponsorship of the Digicel National Chess Championships which begin today.

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Harold Chan Open (Nationals Qualifiers)

Winners of Chess Open Qualify for 2014 Chess Nationals

Sunday, October 13, 2013

THE 2013 Harold Chan Chess Open came to an exciting finish at the Hotel Four Seasons on Wednesday.

National Master (NM) Brandon Wilson clinched the tournament with a sparkling victory over the top seed CM Duane Rowe in the final round. Wilson finished with the perfect score of four points from four rounds.

Rowe — who traveled from Oman where he now resides, to attempt to qualify for the local 2014 nationals — fell short finishing on three points from four rounds.

Second place went to NM Russel Porter, who defeated WFM Deborah Richards in the final round to finish three-and-a-half points from four rounds. His only draw was against Horace Sinclair from Ardenne High.

Thirteen-year-old WCM Rachel Miller surprised the masses to finish third with three points from four rounds, defeating former champion NM Andrew Mellace, NM Daren Wisdom and international player Mario Marshall. She also won best female and junior.

The Harold Chan Chess Open was used as the first qualifier for the 2014 Jamaica National Championships, seeing the top three in the Open section selected to participate.

Brandon Wilson and Russel Porter qualified with higher points but there was a massive tie from third – eighth position on three points. The four top players were required to play a speed chess play-off to select the final qualifier.

After three rounds of play-offs, Deborah Richards emerged victorious and became the third qualifier for the 2014 National Championships.

The three qualifiers for the 2014 Women’s National Chess Championships were WCM Rachel Miller, WFM Deborah Richards and WCM Margoe Williams.

The Intermediate Section, played separately, was won by Keijon Dennis from Glenmuir High with a perfect 6/6. Second went to Wayne March with five points and third went to Jonathan Pitterson of Wolmer’s Boys.

Nathan Walsh won the Under-8 section, while Lontae Walker took the Under-10 and -12 categories. Under-14 was won by Arnold Fairclough and Jorie Japp took the best female in Intermediate.

The Amateur Section saw Diego Stewart topping the field with five points.

Sponsors of the event included Christar Villas, Hotel Four Seasons and The Jamaica Chess Federation.