ROUND NINE REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament


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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.



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.



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 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.

Report by Ian G. Wilkinson QCPresident, Jamaica Chess Federation


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