ROUND TEN REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament

 

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DEADLOCK AT THE TOP!!!!

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What a round!!! Action in round 10, the penultimate one in the 2015 edition of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) Digicel President’s Invitational Chess tournament, was a scintillating affair as the conference room of the Jamaica Olympic Association buzzed with excitement.

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With Miguel Asher having a bye, the resurgent NM Daren Wisdom joined him in the lead after wielding the Queen’s pawn opening to outclass Michael Diedrick in a game that was both strategic and sharp. Markland Douglas survived a difficult Caro-Kann rook ending a pawn down against Nathan Hinds, while NM Ryan Blackwood and Jared Lewis defeated WCM Melisha Smith and Terence Lindo, respectively. JCF President Ian Wilkinson and Kevron Campbell drew a titanic Benoni struggle in 74 moves, the longest game of the day.

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DEADLOCK AT THE TOP!

Asher and Wisdom both sit atop the standings on 6 ½ points ahead of Douglas in clear third on 6 points. Heading into the final round any one of these three players can win the tournament depending on the result in their respective games! The other players in the top six of the standings are Blackwood, Diedrick and Wilkinson all on 5 points each. Diedrick will have a bye in the final round.

The final, decisive round 11 takes place at the headquarters of the Jamaica Olympic Association on Saturday April 25 at 1:00 pm with the following games: Hinds-Wisdom; Asher-Lewis; Smith-Douglas; Wilkinson-Blackwood and Lindo-Campbell.  Players with the white pieces are named first.

This is a closed event, the participants being traditionally invited by the JCF President. The games and/or the results can be found at www.Chess-Results.com or at the JCF’s websites www.jamaicachessfederation.com and www.jamchess.com.

The event is being played at Christar Villas Hotel and the JOA, respectively, and is sponsored by Digicel, Christar Villas Hotel, the JOA and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

 

Report and photo by Ian G. Wilkinson QCPresident, Jamaica Chess Federation.

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NM Daren Wisdom (L) battling the veteran Michael Diedrick (R) in a crucial round 10 battle in the 2015 Digicel President’s Invitational Chess Tournament at the Jamaica Olympic Association. Nathan Hinds and Terence Lindo watch keenly.

 

ROUND NINE REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament

 

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DOWN TO THE WIRE!

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The excitement in the 2015 edition of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) Digicel President’s Invitational Chess tournament continues to mount after an enthralling 9th round at Christar Villas Hotel on an otherwise serene April 24 Friday evening in Jamaica.

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NM Daren Wisdom staked his claim for top honours using the black pieces in a Schliemann variation of the Ruy Lopez to hand the former leader Markland Douglas his first defeat. In another key battle affecting the top places, Miguel Asher weathered the storm against the veteran Michael Diedrick to claim a precious half-point. In other games Kevron Campbell turned back WCM Melisha Smith and the games between JCF President Ian Wilkinson and Jared Lewis and Nathan Hinds against NM Ryan Blackwood, respectively, were drawn after intense fights.

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Asher maintains pole position on 6 ½ points ahead of Wisdom and Douglas each on 5 ½ points, both having played a game less than Asher. The other players in the top six of the standings are Diedrick (5), Wilkinson (4 ½) and Blackwood (4). It is clear that this exciting event will go down to the wire.

The twelve participants, traditionally invited by the JCF President, named in order of highest rating are: National Master (“NM”) Ryan Blackwood (a former winner), NM Daren Wisdom (a former winner); Miguel Asher (former Jamaican Junior Champion); Michael Diedrick (a former winner); Ian Wilkinson QC (JCF President); Markland Douglas; Jared Lewis; Kevron Campbell; Nathan Hinds; Woman Candidate Master (“WCM”) Melisha Smith and Terence Lindo.

 

The penultimate round 10 takes place at the headquarters of the Jamaica Olympic Association on Saturday April 25 at 8:30 am with the following games: Wisdom-Diedrick; Douglas-Hinds; Campbell-Wilkinson; Blackwood-Smith and Lewis-Lindo.  Players with the white pieces are named first. The time control is game in ninety minutes with increments of thirty seconds per move from the first move.

The games and results can be found at www.Chess-Results.com or at the JCF’s websites www.jamaicachessfederation.com and www.jamchess.com.

 

The event is being played at Christar Villas Hotel and the JOA, respectively, and is sponsored by Digicel, Christar Villas Hotel, the JOA and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

Report by Ian G. Wilkinson QCPresident, Jamaica Chess Federation

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ROUND 8 REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament

 

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ASHER IN CHARGE!
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After eight rounds of pulsating action, former Jamaica Junior Chess Champion Miguel Asher has taken control of the 2015 edition of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) Digicel President’s Invitational Chess tournament.chess

On Wednesday April 22 after the dust had settled on the 8th round, Asher had registered a crushing win with the black pieces (uncorking the Alekhine Defence!) against Chess Olympian NM Daren Wisdom to move to 6 points from 8 games. Candidate Master Markland Douglas is in clear second place on 5 ½ points from 7 games. Douglas remains the only unbeaten player in the event after his Sicilian Defence dispatched NM Ryan Blackwood, a former winner of the event and one of the pre-tournament favourites.

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Wisdom and another former winner Michael Diedrick (who had an interesting draw with Terence Lindo) are tied in 3rd place with 4 ½ points. JCF President Ian Wilkinson is in 5th on 4 points and Blackwood rounds off the top six with 3 ½ points.

The twelve participants, traditionally invited by the JCF President, named in order of highest rating are: National Master (“NM”) Ryan Blackwood (a former winner), NM Daren Wisdom (a former winner); Miguel Asher (former Jamaican Junior Champion); Michael Diedrick (a former winner); Ian Wilkinson QC (JCF President); Markland Douglas; Jared Lewis; Kevron Campbell; Nathan Hinds; Woman Candidate Master (“WCM”) Melisha Smith and Terence Lindo.

Although NM Stuart James had to withdraw due to personal reasons, the event is still very intriguingly poised for a mouth-watering finish.

Round 9 takes place at Christar Villas Hotel on Friday April 24 at 5:00 pm with the following games: Douglas-Wisdom; Hinds-Blackwood; Smith-Campbell; Wilkinson-Lewis and Asher-Diedrick. Lindo has a bye due to James’ withdrawal. Players with the white pieces are named first. The games and results can be found at www.Chess-Results.com or at the JCF’s websites www.jamaicachessfederation.com and www.jamchess.com.

The event is being played at Christar Villas Hotel and the JOA, respectively, and is sponsored by Digicel, Christar Villas Hotel, the JOA and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

Ian G. Wilkinson QC – President, Jamaica Chess Federation

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FM ELLIOTT WINS 2015 DIGICEL JAMAICA NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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FM Warren Elliott is considered one of the “veterans” of this year’s Jamaican National Championships despite the fact that many of the veteran masters IM Jomo Pitterson, FM Shane Matthews and CM Duane Rowe were not present. Defending national champion Andrew Mellace was set to defend his crown and three-time national champion Damion Davy wanted to put his stamp of authority on the scene. There was even a bit of banter on a Facebook groups about this looming battle.

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The Sponsors of the event included Title Sponsors Digicel (chief sponsor), Christar Villas Hotel, Jamaica Olympic Association and Magnificent Chess Foundation”.

This tournament featured 12 players of national repute including Ian Wilkinson, Jamaica’s federation President and several past and present national champions (Elliott, Davy, current national champion Mellace and Russel Porter), past and present Olympiad players (Malaku Lorne, Daren Wisdom, Brandon Wilson, Peter Myers). There was one woman competing but her name was not 10-time champion Deborah Richards-Porter. National women’s player Melisha Smith was the sole female representative and was looking to make a respectable showing. Junior champion Sheryas Smith was also sharpening his machete for some master scalps. Young upstart and debutante Kevron Campbell was also on the prowl for ELO gain.

There were no clean sheets in the first four rounds before the marquee matchup of Elliott-Davy. The game was a positional Guioco Piano with Elliott showing his ill-intentions with 13.g4?! This was looked to be a dubious idea since black could have improved his position. However, Davy threw caution to the wind and played 17…f5?! instead of 17…g6. He must’ve missed white’s shot after 18. exf5 Bd5 (diagram) 19. Qxd5+! Qxd5 20. Bb3. This gave white a lasting initiative which he duly converted.

Elliott bore down creating nasty mating patterns and black was unable to stave off the attack. With his main competitor out of the way, Elliott continued his rampage through the field for a scorching 10½/11. This is Elliott’s seventh national crown winning in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2015. He has tied the record of seven wins held by the legendary FM Shane Matthews and has done so in only nine appearances.

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FM Warren Elliott and FM Damion Davy doing battle in a crucial 5th round.

There were other outstanding performances such as Davy’s 9½/11 with his only loss being to Elliott and a draw with Wisdom. In a battle for second place, Davy beat Lorne who ended in third position on 8/11. Smith and Wilson came in the fourth position on 7/11 while defending champion Mellace ended a bit above par on 6/11.

2015 NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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After six rounds and two weekends of exciting play, all sections of the Grace Tropical Rhythms National Age Group Chess Championships produced new champions.
The tournament decides the National Chess Champions at the youth level for Under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Winning at the Under-8 absolute section was Kishan Clarke of Hillel Academy with 5.5 points. Second and third were Anthony Lyn and Krish Khemlani on five points each. The girls at the same age were Jhalia Troupe of Queen’s Prep in first, ahead of Jaya-Rene Richards and Alliyah Kirkland.
Under-10 saw Christopher Udeagha of St Judes Primary topping the section with six points, followed closely by David Thomas and Jhomoi Blake. Jhomoi did win the female category after a play-off against second-placed Amy Stephenson. Third in the Under-10 female was Raehanna Brown.
The hotly contested Under-12 section saw a return from Leighton Barrett of Ardenne High. He claimed the section with a perfect six points. Lontae Walker finished second and Adani Clarke was third. Under-12 female champion was Adani Clarke, while Nishani Clarke and Jhomoi Blake were second and third, respectively.

Rural Players Top Older Categories

While the lower age groups saw all Urban winners, the older age categories were all rural winners. Rural players took the majority of medals overall.
Top-coach Mikhail Solomon said: “I am very elated at this epic performance. The students have worked extremely hard and are well deserving of this noble accomplishment.”
He continued: “The sky is now the limit, we now press towards our goal of creating a new dynasty of strong chess masters at international standards.”

Under-14 absolute was won by Akeem Brown of St Jago High with 5.5 points. Second was Lontae Walker and third was Ramesh Watson. The female section was won by Ashley Rene Gregory with Rochelle Porter and Alliyah Yankana finishing second and third.
Michael Christie had to go through a play-off with his brother to capture the Under-16 title. This after both tied on five points each. Joshua Christie was second and Akeem Brown third.
In a similar manner, Sheanel Gardner took the female title after a play-off with Rochelle Porter. Third was Alliyah Yankana.

The highest absolute age category went to National Master Alistair Walker of St Jago High, after a slight setback, with 5.5 points. Second was Nathan Belinfante and third was John Lord.
WFM Rachel Miller won the Under-18 female section with a perfect six points. She was followed by Sheanel Gardner and Adani Clarke.

Internationally titled players FM Warren Elliott and IM Jomo Pitterson were the arbiters of the event which had over 300 participants from across the island.