Archive for the 'Caribbean' Category

GM Maurice Ashley is launching yet another initiative. This time it will be in his home country of Jamaica. In a couple of weeks, he will host the 1st Jamaica International Chess Festival. It will feature a number of activities including a tournament with American scholastic stars. The Caribbean seems to be a rite-of-passage for […]

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FM Shane Matthews When the curtains came down on the 2017 Jamaica Seniors and Veterans Championships (William Roper Memorial trophies) on Sunday, August 20 at the Jamaica Olympic Association there was a new Jamaica Veterans Champion. Seven-time Jamaica (Absolute) Champion and favourite FM Shane “The Magician” Matthews notched 7 points from a possible 8 (with […]

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Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the Grand Chess […]

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Club Capablanca will be one of the venues featured in the documentary. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In January, Karney Hatch contacted The Chess Drum about a documentary he was filming on chess in Cuba. He had read the blog posts on the Drum here and here from the 2012 visit. The filmmaker mentioned that he […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR THE JAMAICA CHESS FEDERATION 18 APRIL 2017 JAMAICA WINS 2017 CARIFTA CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS David Thomas (Under-12 Champion) Kingston, Jamaica – 18 April 2017: After seven rounds of play in the 2017 CARIFTA Chess Championships, Jamaica regained the team title which they last won in 2013, when the event was […]

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Jamaican Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson has released a 10-year strategic plan in February detailing the charge forward. Included in the plan are securing a headquarters, establishing a Chess Hall-of-Fame, annual 960 chess tournaments and phasing out of local ratings for FIDE. Ian Wilkinson (President of Jamaican Chess Federation) The ultimate objectives of this “Ten-Year […]

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There was lots of trash talk leading up to the Red Scorpion Blitz tournament with pundits predicting who would make it out of the four groups of four. The tournament was structured with World Cup brackets. Sixteen players were vying for glory and there was the Group of Death” featuring FM Shane Matthews, FM Warren […]

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Shayne Fairman, “Richards-Porter Happy Earning From Chess,” Jamaican Gleaner (jamaica-gleaner.com), 24 January 2017. WIM Deborah Richards-PorterPhoto by Ian Wilkinson While some Jamaicans may not earn a comfortable living from their professional sporting pursuits, Woman International Chess Master Deborah Richards-Porter says that chess has taken her places and has given her a business from which she […]

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Prior to traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan, Ian Wilkinson as the Jamaican national teams were received by the Honorable Olivia Grange. She was introduced to the Jamaican players and briefed on their success. Wilkinson, the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation since June 2003 and has been a pillar of leadership on the “land of “wood […]

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On the heels of the glorious Olympics held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil the world chess community prepares to assemble in Baku, Azerbaijan for the 42nd Chess Olympiad beginning next week on September 1st. A record number of participants will be representing their countries and holding their flags aloft. Thus far 176 nations are scheduled […]

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WILKINSON RETAINS NATIONAL TITLE at Roper Memorial! Ian WilkinsonPhoto by Jamaica Chess Federation. Defending champion Ian Wilkinson QC retained the National Veterans Chess title after drawing game three of the four-game Play-off match against Michael Diedrick in the 2016 Supreme Ventures Jamaica Veterans Chess Championship. The game was played at the headquarters of the Sports […]

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Sonja JohnsonPresident of the Trinidad & Tobago AssociationPhoto by TTCA. Celebrating its 80th anniversary of the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) by hosting the Masters Open (TTIMO). The tournament is apparently the country’s strongest and has attracted players from a number of countries including GM Elshan Moradiabadi, an Iranian now playing under the FIDE […]

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Invitation In 2016, the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) celebrates its 80th Anniversary. In commemoration of this milestone, the (TTCA) is pleased to invite all National Federations to the Trinidad and Tobago International and Masters Open (TTIMO) Chess Tournaments 2016 to be held at The Normandie Hotel, St. Anns, Trinidad, from 28th July through […]

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Women’s International Master (WIM) Deborah Richards-Porter was in the news lately for winning the 2.3.5 subzonal tournament held in Barbados. Players from Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela also vied for the title. She becomes the first Jamaican to win a subzonal tournament and nipped WIM Danitza […]

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JAMAICA CHESS FEDERATION TRIBUTE TO DR. HOPE ARTHURINE ANDERSON 2 June 1950 – 24 March 2016 It is an indisputable fact that Jamaica is one of the greatest countries in the world with accomplishments in various spheres of endeavour ranging from, inter alia, the arts, music, the sciences and sports. One who made a sterling […]

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Author: Carl Jacobs Published: Thursday, November 5, 2015 Congratulations to 24-year-old CM Kevin Cupid for winning this year’s National Chess Championship, topping a list of 12 finalists including several of the country’s most distinguished players. The former Holy Cross College student finished the 11 round contest on nine points, losing only to David Christopher and […]

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JAMAICA DEBUTS AT WORLD SENIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS! 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 […]

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DEBORAH RICHARDS-PORTER MAKES MORE SPORTS HISTORY FOR JAMAICA Jamaica’s ten-time National Women’s Chess Champion, Woman International Master (“WIM”) Deborah Richards-Porter has become the first Jamaican female player to participate in the Zonals competition, a qualification event for the Women’s World Chess Championships. WIM Deborah Richards-Porterat 2014 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.Photo courtesy of Jamaican Chess Federation. […]

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While seven-time Jamaica champion FM Warren Elliott was the favourite going into the Millionaire Chess Qualifier, Malaku Lorne had to have been in the conversation of who would win the all-expense trip to the Millionaire Chess Open in October. With such high stakes, the Jamaican Chess Federation decided to limit the field to 12 players […]

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“MILLIONAIRE CHESS” COMES TO JAMAICA! History will unfold in Jamaican Chess at 6:00 pm on Wednesday August 5, 2015 when the first round of the Millionaire Chess Qualifier (“MCQ”) pawns off at the Christar Villas Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. This tournament is being held under the auspices of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) to determine […]

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A banner in honor of Jamaica’s founding father, Enos Grant. It was unfurled at the inaugural Enos Grant Blitz Memorial which was won by Ras Malaku Lorne. Photo by JCF. Jamaican chess continues to make progressive strides after positive exposure by tireless leader Ian Wilkinson QC. He was re-elected for yet another term as President. […]

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SMITH RETAINS JUNIOR CHESS CROWN – 19/07/15 Calabar sixth-former National Master Shreyas Smith captured the 2015 National Junior Chess Championship on Sunday, when he defeated his main rival Horace Sinclair in a four game playoff match at the head office of the Jamaica Olympic Association. Smith was the defending champion having won his first junior […]

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FM WARREN ELLIOTT – TOAST OF AWARDS! FM Warren Elliott was the toast of the awards ceremony recently staged by the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) at Christar Villas Hotel to honour the prize-winners in the 2015 Jamaican Chess Championship and the 2015 President’s Invitational tournament, respectively. FM Warren Elliott (centre) at Christar Villas Hotel accepting […]

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An “unretired” FM Philip Corbin drawing Billy Turner at the 2014 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. With the World Open only a few weeks away, we always seem to refer back to novel games of that tournament whether played on the very top boards or boards in the amateur sections. The tournament will take […]

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“WIZZY” STRIKES GOLD!!!! 2015 DIGICEL PRESIDENT’S INVITATIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT The 2015 edition of the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) Digicel President’s Invitational Chess Tournament came to a thrilling climax on Saturday April 25 with the completion of the 11th and final round at the conference room of the Jamaica Olympic Association (“JOA”). Nathan Hinds (L) about […]

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