Bert Scott, "Shane Matthews wins Easter Open," Jamaican Ambassadors Chess Academy.
National Master, Shane "The Magician" Matthews continued his assault on local chess in Jamaica when he easily won the Easter Open with a score of 4.5/5. In second, a full point behind Matthews, was veteran NM Robert Wheeler with 3.5/5, with NM Russel Porter in third also with 3.5/5. FIDE Master Grantel Gibbs finished 4th with 3.5/5.
The surprise performance of the Open was turned in by Shane's brother, Sidley Matthews. Sid came in a strong 5th with 3.5/5 points with a fortunate win over veteran expert, Humphrey Gayle who dropped his queen in error, and a nail biting time scramble win against 2001 Junior Champion, Equitable Brown. Sidley Matthews also drew with NM Robert Wheeler to easily walk away with the U1800 prize.
In the Amateur Section, Ryan Blackwood won with a score of 4/5. Wolmer's High School female sensation Zhu Hui gave another smashing display of her chess talent by finishing a close second with 3.5/5, including a fine tactical win over the Amateur winner, Ryan Blackwood. The Best Cadet prize went to Andrew Bent with 3.5/5. The Easter Open attracted 28 players including 1 FIDE Master and 4 National Masters.
Posted by The Chess Drum: 9 April 2002