(From Left to Right is Maria Palmer, WFM Deborah Richcards, Zhu Hui and Vannessa Thomas)
In 1990 at the Novi Sad Olympiad in Yugoslavia Jamaica’s female chess player Christine Bennett won a silver medal on board 4 with a 6/7 score in the women’s section.
Currently, Deborah Richards has dominated women’s chess and this dominance began Since she first represented Jamaica in the 2002 Bled Olympiad.
WFM Deborah Richards has led the charge for women’s chess in Jamaica winning tournaments and sectional titles and winning the Women’s national championships for a record five times and placed second in the 2005 Sagicor junior chess open.
She holds the distinction of becoming Jamaica’d first ever Woman Fide Master, and is without a doubt the most successful female chess player that Jamaica has ever produced.