Nationals Starts

After only tNM-Brandon-Wilsonhree rounds of the Digicel National Absolute Chess Championships, there are only four players 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, August 2014, and this, along with Digicel’s sponsorship package, has raised the stakes
making all games extremely competitive.

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.

Wilson’s 2.5 total came from victories over ten-time Women’s National Champion, Woman International Master 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; and rounding off the tables are Horace Sinclair, Shreyas Smith on 1, Miguel Asher on 0.5 and Alistair Walker yet to score.

Playing alongside the Absolute Nationals is the National Women’s Chess Championships. WCM Rachel Miller and WCM Melisha Smith are both leading with three points but with Miller having a game in hand. Former champion Krishna Gray follows closely with 2.5 points and has a key match with Rachel Miller on Wednesday, April 30. Current Champion Annesha Smith is on two points and WCM Ariel Barret is on 0.5.

Play continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. at The Christar Villas Hotel on Hope Road. The events, held under the umbrella of the Jamaica Chess Federation, are sponsored by Digicel, the Sports Development Foundation, the Norman Manley Law School, Christar Villas Hotel and Magnificent Chess Foundation.FCM-Damion Davy

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