PCJ GROUP GIVES $460,000 FOR NATIONAL SCHOOLS CHESS CHAMPS

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Kingston, Jamaica – February 3, 2015: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Group of Companies has thrown its support behind local Chess with a sponsorship package valued at more than $460,000 for the staging of the 2014/15 National Schools Chess Championships.

The tournament, which is the flagship junior event of the Jamaica Chess Federation, kicked off in December with 44 teams from 26 schools across the country matching skills in the Kingston and Rural area competitions.   Play is scheduled to continue until March when the regional championships will be held and the winners for the Kingston Area and Rural Area will be decided.

The competition will culminate with the All Island Championship which is scheduled for March 19 at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston. The top team will receive $200,000 in cash and prizes courtesy of the PCJ and its subsidiary, Petrojam.

“We consider our sponsorship of the Schools Chess Championships to be a worthwhile investment in our country’s youth because Chess is one of the most constructive and beneficial sports,” PCJ Group General Manager, Winston Watson explained.

“Chess helps players to develop solid problem-solving and decision-making skills and it can improve mathematical ability and help individuals to think logically and creatively which makes it one of the most beneficial sports a young person can participate in,” he added.

Peter Myers, Vice President of the Jamaica Chess Federation said, “A major objective of the Jamaica Chess Federation is to develop a cadre of players that can become champions in the international arena and the work starts with our youngest players.”

“We are out to prove that Jamaicans can be as dominant in mental sports as we are in physical sports and we thank the PCJ Group for their tangible support as we embark on this mission,” he added.

 

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 Petrojam’s Public Relations Officer, Latoya Pennant, (right) and Camille Taylor, (centre) Manager, Information and Corporation Affairs at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) enjoying an impromptu chess lesson from Vice President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Peter Myers.  The PCJ Group of Companies recently finalised a sponsorship agreement with the Jamaica Chess Federation under which the Federation will receive a sponsorship package valued at more than $460,000 for the staging of the 2014-15 National Schools Chess Championships.

 

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 Peter Myers, (left) Vice President of the Jamaica Chess Federation explains the basics of chess to Camille Taylor, (centre) Manager, Information and Corporation Affairs at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Latoya Pennant, Petrojam’s Public Relations Officer. The PCJ Group of Companies recently finalised a sponsorship agreement with the Jamaica Chess Federation under which the Federation will receive a sponsorship package valued at more than $460,000 for the staging of the 2014-15 National Schools Chess Championships.

2015 DIGICEL ABSOLUTE JAMAICA CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

FM WARREN ELLIOTT LEADS!

At the half-way stage of the 2015 Digicel Absolute Jamaica Chess Championships, six-time Jamaican Champion FM Warren Elliott leads the list of twelve players with a commanding 5 ½ points from six games. Elliott has given up only one draw and that was to CM Brandon Wilson in the first round.

 

CM Ras Malaku Lorne holds down second place with 5/6 while three-time national champion FM Damion Davy is third on 4/6. Elliott is trying to match FM Shane Matthews’ record seven national titles and made a major step towards this goal with a convincing defeat of Davy in a crucial round five encounter.

 

The remaining places are occupied by reigning junior champion Shreyas Smith and Wilson (4/6 each); reigning champion NM Andrew Mellace (3.5/6); CM Russel Porter (3/6); Kevron Campbell and Jamaican Chess Federation President, Ian G. Wilkinson QC (2/6 each); WCM Melisha Smith, the sole female in the event, and NM Daren Wisdom (1/6 each) and JCF Vice-President NM Peter Myers (1/2).

 

In the seventh round set for 5 pm on Wednesday, January 28 at the Christar Villas Hotel, Wilkinson tackles Elliott; Lorne will face Porter; Shreyas Smith squares off against Davy; Mellace matches wits with Wilson; Campbell battles WCM Melisha Smith and Myers faces Wisdom.

 

The tournament has added intrigue as there are special cash prizes for the best game, brilliancy and the hardest fought game.

 

The event is sponsored by DIGICEL (chief sponsor), the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christar Villas Hotel and the Magnificent Chess Foundation.

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