ROUND TEN REPORT – 2015 President’s Invitational Tournament


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What a round!!! Action in round 10, the penultimate one in the 2015 edition of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) Digicel President’s Invitational Chess tournament, was a scintillating affair as the conference room of the Jamaica Olympic Association buzzed with excitement.


With Miguel Asher having a bye, the resurgent NM Daren Wisdom joined him in the lead after wielding the Queen’s pawn opening to outclass Michael Diedrick in a game that was both strategic and sharp. Markland Douglas survived a difficult Caro-Kann rook ending a pawn down against Nathan Hinds, while NM Ryan Blackwood and Jared Lewis defeated WCM Melisha Smith and Terence Lindo, respectively. JCF President Ian Wilkinson and Kevron Campbell drew a titanic Benoni struggle in 74 moves, the longest game of the day.







Asher and Wisdom both sit atop the standings on 6 ½ points ahead of Douglas in clear third on 6 points. Heading into the final round any one of these three players can win the tournament depending on the result in their respective games! The other players in the top six of the standings are Blackwood, Diedrick and Wilkinson all on 5 points each. Diedrick will have a bye in the final round.

The final, decisive round 11 takes place at the headquarters of the Jamaica Olympic Association on Saturday April 25 at 1:00 pm with the following games: Hinds-Wisdom; Asher-Lewis; Smith-Douglas; Wilkinson-Blackwood and Lindo-Campbell.  Players with the white pieces are named first.

This is a closed event, the participants being traditionally invited by the JCF President. The games and/or the 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 and photo by Ian G. Wilkinson QCPresident, Jamaica Chess Federation.

NM Daren Wisdom (L) battling the veteran Michael Diedrick (R) in a crucial round 10 battle in the 2015 Digicel President’s Invitational Chess Tournament at the Jamaica Olympic Association. Nathan Hinds and Terence Lindo watch keenly.


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