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“WIZZY” STRIKES GOLD!!!!

2015 DIGICEL PRESIDENT’S INVITATIONAL

                               CHESS TOURNAMENT

The 2015 edition of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) Digicel President’s Invitational Chess Tournament came to a thrilling climax on Saturday April 25 with the completion of the 11th and final round at the conference room of the Jamaica Olympic Association (“JOA”).

 

NM Daren “Wizzy” Wisdom notched another hold on the trophy by snatching victory at the tape by defeating Nathan Hinds with the black pieces in a tense Queen’s pawn game which, fittingly, went into a queen and pawns ending. The Charlemont High graduate recovered from a poor start to the tournament (including a shock defeat to Jared Lewis in the 3rd round) and a demoralizing loss to title challenger Miguel Asher in the 8th round, to record seven wins and end on 7 ½ points.

 

Asher, armed with the white pieces and gunning for the title, faced his pet French Defence (!) and crashed to defeat after losing the plot against Lewis in a sharp game. He ended on 6 ½ points, the same score as Markland Douglas who drew a dynamic King’s Indian Defence (“KID”) against WCM Melisha Smith in 40 moves. Douglas took second spot on tie-breaks.

 

JCF president Ian Wilkinson QC and NM Ryan Blackwood battled to a draw in 56 moves in another KID, each ending the event on 5 ½ points, Wilkinson finishing 4th on tie-breaks. In the other game of the round Kevron Campbell outclassed Terence Lindo with the black pieces in a Ruy Lopez (exchange variation). Former winner and veteran Michael Diedrick had a bye and ended 6th on 5 points; Lewis was 7th and Campbell 8th (4 ½ points each); Hinds 9th (4 points); Lindo 10th (3 points) and Smith propped up the table with 2 ½ points.

 

The full results and games can be found at either www.Chess-Results.com or at www.jamaicachessfederation.com and www.jamchess.com. The event was played at Christar Villas Hotel and the JOA, respectively, and was sponsored by Digicel, Christar Villas Hotel, the JOA and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

The next event on the JCF’s calendar is the 8th Robert Wheeler Open scheduled to be played May 21-24 at Christar Villas Hotel and Shirley Retreat Hotel. This is the second tournament in the JCF’s Grand Prix series which will determine the qualifiers for the 2016 Jamaican Chess Championships.

 

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

ROUND TEN REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament

 

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DEADLOCK AT THE TOP!!!!

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                               CHESS TOURNAMENT

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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                               CHESS TOURNAMENT

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.

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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2015 January 28

 

HISTORIC BREAKTHROUGH FOR JAMAICAN CHESS

Friday, the 16th January, 2015 will be remembered forever in the annals of Jamaica’s sports history. On the occasion of Jamaica’s Annual Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on a beautiful Kingston evening, further indelible memories were created.

This was a night when the fantastic world record swimmer Alia Atkinson won the Sportswoman of the year award remarking in her acceptance speech that Jamaica now had the fastest people “on land and in the water”! Dahlia Harris, a popular media personality and one of the masters of ceremony for the evening, quipped that the air was next!

It was a night when boxer Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters, the World Boxing Association Featherweight Champion, won the Sportsman of the year award for his great exploits in the ring including being credited with the knock-out of the year by Fightnews.com.

It was a night when Donald “Don Q” Quarrie, the magnificent sprinter, many-time gold medallist at the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pan-American Games and forerunner to Usain Bolt, was given the “Iconic Award” for his sterling contribution to Jamaica’s rich sporting legacy.

In spite of all of the above, and the riveting acceptance speeches by the winners, what sent thrills down my spine was the mention of “Chess” for the first time as a category award. This, of course, delighted many, especially those in the chess fraternity.

 

The awards commenced in 1961 prior to Jamaica’s independence and after fifty-four (54) long years Chess, once the game of kings but now the “king of games”, took a quantum leap forward in Jamaica. On this landmark night, two of its best regional exponents, WIM Deborah Richards-Porter and FM Damion Davy strode forward proudly to accept the “maiden” awards for female chess player of the year and male chess player of the year, respectively, from recording artiste Orville “Shaggy” Burrell.

The RJR Sports Foundation and the members of the Selection Committee responsible for the historic decision to include Chess in the Jamaica’s chief annual sports awards must be applauded. To paraphrase Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry McGuire – you certainly took some time but to your credit you eventually came around!

The founding fathers of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”), pioneers such as Enos Grant, John Powell and William Roper, all of blessed memory, and Frederick Cameron must have felt great to see the excellent fruits of their labour! A postscript – At one point in the proceedings I was certain that I saw Caissa, the beautiful and sagacious goddess of chess, winking at me from the ceiling!

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WIM DEBORAH RICHARDS-PORTER
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WIM DEBORAH RICHARDS-PORTER

Mrs. Deborah Richards-Porter, a Wolmer’s Girls alumnus, has been Jamaica’s best female player since winning the first of her ten (10) consecutive national women’s titles in 2002.

In the 2006 World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy she obtained the Woman Fide Master (“WFM”) title becoming the first female from the English-speaking Caribbean to do so. In February, 2014 she finished third at the Sub-Zonals (a women’s world Championship qualifier) in Suriname to earn the Woman International Master (“WIM”) title, another first for a female from the English-speaking Caribbean.

At the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway in August, she played all eleven rounds on the top board for Jamaica, finishing with a team high 7 of 11 points, including excellent draws against women grandmasters.

She completed a remarkable 2014 by placing third in the Challengers section of the UMADA Cup in Guyana in November.

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FM Damion Davy & WIM Deborah Richards-Porter
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Damion Davy, a Camperdown High School alumnus, had a great year dominating the local Chess scene with victory after victory in the Open tournaments.

After becoming the first Jamaican player to win three consecutive national titles (2011-2013), he cemented his status as Jamaica’s best active player with a sterling performance in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway in August, 2014.

Davy scored 6/10 on Jamaica’s top board in Norway, including magnificent displays against Grandmasters, leading the way for his country. For his Olympiad performance he was awarded the FIDE Master (“FM”) title by the World Chess Federation (“FIDE”).

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Shawn Wilkinson & Ian Wilkinson
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17th January, 2015
Ian G. Wilkinson QC
President
Jamaica Chess Federation

WIM DEBORAH RICHARDS-PORTER IN COLOMBIA

Deborah Richards-Porter, the English-speaking Caribbean’s top female Chess player, left Jamaica on Sunday August 31 to participate in the Women’s Pan-American Continental Chess Tournament being held in Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Colombia from September 1 -7, 2014.

The event is a nine-round Swiss tournament and the 29 year-old Jamaican is in pursuit of her Woman Grandmaster (“WGM”) title. The Colombian event is a crucial stepping stone to achieving this milestone as the winner will achieve a WGM norm.

Richards-Porter has had a stellar year to date. In February she continued her record-making performances by finishing third in the Female Sub-Zonals held in Suriname. This qualification event for the Women’s World Championship earned her the Woman International Master (“WIM”) title – a first for the English-speaking Caribbean. Her first international title was Woman FIDE Master (“WFM”), also a first for the English-speaking Caribbean, awarded for her performance at the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

In the 41st Chess Olympiad held in Tromso, Norway last month she was Jamaica’s top scorer, playing in all eleven rounds and scoring 7/11 including magnificent battles in the last two rounds against WGMs from Turkey and Iceland, respectively, that ended in draws.

The trip by Jamaica’s record Women’s Champion, who won ten consecutive national titles between 2002 and 2011, was sponsored by the Jamaica Chess Federation.