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Exciting end to final rounds of chess champs

 Thursday, May 08, 2014

It was an eventful final three rounds in both sections of the Digicel National Chess Championships.

In the absolute section, National Master (NM) Daren Wisdom elevated to the top of the pack with victories over Brandon Wilson, Shreyas Smith and Deborah Richards-Porter. He is now on 6/7 points.

Reigning Champion Damion Davy suffered a slight setback as he lost to Calabar High star Smith. He now trails by half point on 5.5/7. Also tied in second position is former champion Andrew Mellace on 5.5/7 points.

With only four rounds to go, the fight for champion status and a place in the top five is heating up. If it were to end right now, rounding off the top five would be NM Wilson and NM Malaku Lorne on 4.5/7 points.

Finishing top five is important because those players would likely be representatives at the World Chess Olympiad this summer in Norway.

The remaining participants are NM Russel Porter on four, Miguel Asher on 3.5, WIM Deborah Richard-Porter on three, NM Paul Brooks on 2.5, and Smith on two. Horace Sinclair and Alistair Walker have pulled out of the championships.

Going into the final rounds of the women’s championships, WCM Rachel Miller had all but run away with the title with a seemingly unassailable two-point lead. She, however, suffered a crucial round-eight loss to Ariel Barrett. Miller now has 5.5 points and lead the field by one point. Her closest assailant Melisha Smith on 4.5, drew with her on the weekend in a long battle and has one game remaining.

This is a postponed game against Ariel Barrett which will be played Sunday. If Smith manages to win that game then she would catch Miller and force a play-off to decide the National Women’s Champion.

In third position is Annesha Smith with four points, while Krishna Gray follows with 3.5 points and Ariel Barrett on 1.5.

Four remain unbeaten in Nat’l Chess Champs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AFTER three rounds of the Digicel National Absolute Chess Championships, only four players remain undefeated.

The top-five players in the championships will be named on the national team to represent Jamaica at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, in August 2014 and this, and with that at stake competition has become more intense.

Leading the pack is defending champion Fide Candidate Master (FCM) Damion Davy and former Caribbean Junior Champion National Master (NM) Brandon Wilson on 2.5/3. Damion’s path to 2.5 includes victories over former National Junior Champion Miguel Asher, Horace Sinclair and a draw with 2012 co-champion NM Andrew Mellace.

Brandon’s 2.5 total came from victories over 10-time Women’s National Champion WIM Deborah Richards-Porter, the reigning National Junior Champion NM Alistair Walker and a draw with NM Paul Brooks.

Following close behind the leaders on two points are NMs Andrew Mellace, NM Malaku Lorne and Daren Wisdom, respectively. Deborah Richards-Porter, Russel Porter and Paul Brooks are on 1.5/3. Rounding off the tables are Horace Sinclair, Shreyas Smith on one, Miguel Asher on 0.5 and Alistair Walker yet to score.

In the National Women’s Chess Championships, WCM Rachel Miller and WCM Melisha Smith are both leading with three points, but Miller have a game in hand. Former Champion Krishna Gray follows closely with 2.5 points and has a key match with Miller today. Current Champion Annesha Smith is on two points and WCM Ariel Barret is on 0.5.

Play continues today at 6:00pm at The Christar Villas Hotel on Hope Road. The events, held under the umbrella of the Jamaica Chess Federation, are sponsored by Digicel Sports Development Foundation, Norman Manley Law School, Christar Villas Hotel and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

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