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ROUND 8 REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament


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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.


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 or at the JCF’s websites and

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