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Calabar Oust Champs Campion In Stirring Quarter-Final Duel

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2014

The quarter-finals of the Magni-ficent Chess Foundation-sponsored National High Schools Chess Championships was nothing short of exciting. Two play-offs were forced after long struggles and the reigning champions, Campion College ‘A’, were eliminated during the competition at Kingston College on Saturday.

Campion College ‘B’ emphatically disposed of Kingston College ‘A’, winning

4-0, while Ardenne ‘A’ registered almost a similar win over Jamaica College ‘A’, dropping only half-point in their 3.5-0.5 victory.

Defending Corporate Area champions Campion College ‘A’ had a much tougher match against Calabar High ‘A’. After four hours, the match was tied 2-2, with Calabar winning on boards one and four and Campion College ‘A’ winning on boards two and four.

Speed Chess Play-Off

This meant a speed chess play-off had to take place. Shreyas Smith won the match for Calabar ‘A’ after a sterling performance against Jayson Lawson, winning the best-of-four 2.5-0.5.

Wolmer’s Boys’ ‘A’ and Ardenne ‘B’ also tied 2-2 and had to go to a play-off. Nathan Belinfante won the play-off for Wolmer’s Boys’ with a 3-0 sweep over Ardenne High’s Brian Brooks to set up the semi-final pairings.

Wolmer’s Boys’ will match wits against Calabar ‘A’ and Campion College ‘B’ will brainstorm against Ardenne ‘A’.

Meanwhile, the rural area section has reached the knockout phase.

The matches are: Old Harbour ‘B’ vs St Jago ‘A’, Iona High vs Glenmuir ‘A’, Manning’s ‘A’ vs Vere Technical, Old Harbour ‘A’ vs St Catherine ‘A’, Titchfield vs Denbigh High, Manning’s ‘B’ vs Glenmuir ‘B’, Clarendon College vs St Jago ‘B’, St Catherine ‘B’ vs Charlemont High.

The remaining matches are expected to be highly competitive, as many teams have very strong national players. There are newly minted St Jago ‘A’ National Master Alistair Walker, Calabar ‘A’ Under-18 champion Shreyas Smith, senior National Championships qualifier Horace Sinclair, who represents Ardenne ‘A’, while defending champions Glenmuir ‘A’ still have board two medallist Tahj Davis.

The championship continues today at Dinthill High and Saturday at Kingston College.

National High School Championship

Immaculate Stun Calabar In Opener

Published: Thursday | November 21, 2013

The first pawn was pushed in the 2013 National High School Chess Championships on Monday, and after only one round, a few upsets were registered in the Corporate Area division.

In the Kingston Zone, six-time champions Camperdown High ‘A’ could only manage a 2-2 draw against Kingston College (KC) ‘B’ team. Other results saw the favourites winning convincingly; Wolmer’s Boys 4-0 over Excelsior ‘B’, St George’s College surged past Camperdown ‘B’ 4-0, KC ‘A’ also won 4-0, against Wolmer’s Girls, while Excelsior High put away St George’s ‘B’ 3-1.

The St Andrew Zone had some exciting games as well. Jamaica College (JC) A drew with Calabar ‘C’ 2-2, and one of the favourites, Ardenne High ‘A’, slipped past Campion College ‘C’ 2 1/2-1/2, after both teams showed up without one player.

Other Games

In other games, reigning Cor-porate Area champions Campion ‘A’ dispatched JC’s C-team 4-0, Campion ‘B’, defeated Meadow-brook High 3-1 and Ardenne ‘B’ defeated Campion ‘D’ 3-0.

Immaculate High provided a startling result, by defeating Calabar ‘A’ 3-1. However, Calabar ‘B’ took down Immaculate’s ‘B’ team 4-0. The final game of the day saw JC ‘B’ defeating Calabar ‘D’ 4-0.

National Master Ryan Black-wood, coach of a few Corporate Area teams, is happy with the results and quotes the Immaculate victory as an unplanned upset vs Calabar. Additionally, he rates his team, Campion, as favourites to retain their title.

Play in the rural championship is scheduled to start next Tuesday, November 26. The defending champions are Glenmuir High, but tough challenges are expected from St Jago High, St Catherine High and The Manning’s School, among others.

St Jago’s coach, Mikhail Solomon, thinks they have a very good chance of wresting the rural title from Glenmuir.

“With constant preparation I believe we have a very good chance of winning,” he said.

Warren Elliott, coach of Glenmuir, is also optimistic about their chances and envisions a dream final with his Corporate Area team, Wolmer’s Boys.

“There are a lot of tough teams, but we have been training and will always put out our best,” he said.

The championships is sponsored by Magnificent Chess Foundation and the Jamaica Chess Federation.

Wheeler Open 2014

Damion Davy wins 2014 Robert Wheeler Chess Open

Former National champion and Candidate Master (CM) Damion Davy walked away with a near perfect victory in the 2014 Robert Wheeler Chess Open over the weekend.

He finished with 5.5 points from six games, only conceding a draw to former junior champion Miguel Asher.

Finishing second to third were National Master (NM) Russel Porter and Miguel Asher, both on 4.5 points, with Porter getting the nod on tiebreaks.

This was the first Open tournament after the Nationals where Davy finished second. “Having finished second in Nationals, winning the Robert Wheeler Chess Open was comforting and very good practice for the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Norway,” he said.

Damion will be a part of the chess team representing Jamaica at the Chess Olympiad.

The tournament had over 100 participants and had three major sections. The Open section best junior was Nathan Hinds, finishing on 4 points, while best female went to Melisha Smith.

The Intermediate section was won by Aulanni Kidd on tiebreaks after a massive tie on 5 points with three other competitors. Finishing from second through to fourth were Ashley Renee-Gregory, Lontae Walker and Chimoabii Iheonunekwu. Aulanni also won best Under-16, Under-14 and Under-12. Best Under-10 was Nicholas Lyn, while Kishan Clarke copped the best Under-8 prize.

Kennedy Brown was victorious in the amateur section with 5.5/6 points. Second through third in that section was Nishani Clarke and Israel Isaacs.

The Robert Wheeler Chess open is a premiere annual event on Jamaica Chess Federation’s calendar and is named after one of Jamaica’s Chess Federation founding members.

Jamaica Open 2013

NM Mellace wins Jamaica Open Chess Championship

NATIONAL Master (NM) Andrew Mellace won the 2013 Jamaica Open Chess Championships held at St George’s College from October 26 through 27.

Mellace scored five points from six games (5/6), and suffered his only loss of the Open in the third round to St Jago student Alistair Walker.  Horace Sinclair turned in a fine performance to capture second with four points, while WFM Deborah Richards-Porter continued her good form to finish third, also with four points. Alistair Walker, NM Brandon Wilson, NM Mikhail Solomon and Paul Brooks finished fourth through seventh, all scoring four points, but with a weaker tie-break.

In the Intermediate Section of the tournament, Malik Gayle’s five wins and one draw (5/6) edged top-seed Leighton Barrett (5/6) with Michael Christie in third with five points (5/6). Nathan Walsh won the Under-8 section. Leighton Barrett took the Under-10, while Akeem Brown and Malik Buchanan won the Under-12 and Under-14, respectively. Sheanel Gardner was the best female in the intermediate section.

Orion Isaacs turned in a perfect performance of six wins from as many games (6/6) to win the amateur section. Quentin Forrester finished second with five points (5/6), and Rashawn White placed third, also with five points (5/6).

The next major event on the Jamaica Chess Federation calendar will be the Fredrick Cameron Open from December 14 through 15. The top three players from that Open will qualify for the 2014 Jamaica National Championships.