Six-time Jamaica Chess Champion Robert Wheeler and Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) President Ian Wilkinson, QC left the island yesterday to participate in the 25th World Senior Chess Championships being held in Acqui Terme, Italy November 9 – 22, 2015.
This much-anticipated event is being staged by the Italian Chess Federation in association with the World Chess Federation (“FIDE”). The official welcome of the players is scheduled for Monday, November 9 while the first round of the eleven-round tournament will get underway at 3 pm on Tuesday, November 10. There are four sections: Open for players fifty years and older; Open for players sixty-five years and older; and two equivalent sections for women. The respective winners will be awarded the title of International Chess Grandmaster.
Wheeler, a FIDE Candidate Master and also Jamaica’s reigning Seniors Champion, is among one hundred and eighty-nine (189) players registered in the section for players 65 years and older. Wilkinson is Jamaica’s reigning Veterans Champion and is among one hundred and three (103) players who will battle in the section for players fifty years and older. This is the first time that Jamaica will be represented in this prestigious event, another sports landmark for the country.
Jamaica’s participation was made possible by sponsorship from the Sports Development Foundation (“Developing the Nation through Sports”), Supreme Ventures Limited (“Games people love to play…and more”), General Accident Insurance Company Limited, Kasparov Chess Foundation, the JCF and the Magnificent Chess Foundation (“Building a nation of thinkers”).
Jamaica Chess Federation
2015 November 7