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After one round of play, the Masters KO tourney in Jamaica saw three upsets including Onaje Lamont's victory over National Master and former national champion John Powell. Both Humphrey Gayle and Adrian Palmer lost to Gary Hew and Zachary Ramsey, respectively.

Moving into the second round of play, 16 players will pair off including six National Masters and four Candidate Masters. The competition is also dotted with promising young players and may be a prequel to the future of Jamaican chess.

Venue: Cafeteria, AZ Preston Hall, University of the West Indies for the first round (round-of-32) games on January 21 and 28, 2007. RBTT Bank, Dominica Drive for the round of sixteen onwards (unless otherwise advised).

Starting time: 1:00 pm.

Remaining Schedule: The round of sixteen matches will be held on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2007; the quarter-final matches will be held on February 17, 18, 24 and 25; the semi-final matches will be held on March 3, 4, 10 and 11 and the grand finals will be held on March 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2007.

Coverage: Jamaican Ambassadors

Jamaican Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson dispatching of rising junior Hakim Buchanan.

Jamaican Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson dispatching of rising junior Hakim Buchanan. The tournament will resume today and will last until late march. Photo by Jamaican Ambassadors Chess Academy.

Fourth Round (Semifinals)
1 NM Shane Matthews 2373 vs. NM Robert Wheeler  2218
2 NM Jomo Pitterson 2320 vs. Brandon Wilson 2184

Third Round (Round of 8)
1 NM Shane Matthews 2373 3-1 Alain Morais 2140
2 Daren Wisdom 2186  -2 NM Jomo Pitterson 2320
3 Bertram Scott 1936 0-3 Brandon Wilson 2184 (including two forfeits)
4 NM Robert Wheeler 2218 4-3 NM Equitable Brown 2271 (tiebreak)

Second Round Results
1 Ian Wilkinson 1926 0-3 NM Shane Matthews 2373
2 NM Malaku Lorne 2358 2-2* Bertram Scott 1936  Lorne withdrew.
3 NM Jomo Pitterson 2320 2- Mark Henry 1970
4 NM Equitable Brown 2271 2- Stuart James 1865
5 NM Robert Wheeler 2218 1- Onaje Lamont 1851
6 Zachary Ramsay 1837 1-2 Daren Wisdom 2186
7 Brandon Wilson 2184 3-1 NM Mark Holness 2068
8 Alain Morais 2140 3-0 Gary Hew 1797

First Round Results
1 Phillip Pryce 1797 -1 Alain Morais 2140
2 Gary Hew 1797 1- Humphrey Gayle 2087
3 NM Mark Holness 2068 1-1 (2-0 Rapid playoff) Walter Williams 1873
4 Zachary Ramsay 1837 2-0 Adrian Palmer 2057
5 NM John Powell 2047 0-2 Onaje Lamont 1851
6 Stuart James 1865 1-1 (2-0 Rapid playoff) Valence Jordan 1971
7 Sidley Matthews Jr 1871 -1 Mark Henry 1970
8 Bertram Scott 1936 1-1 (1- Rapid playoff) Maurice Robinson 1880
9 Hakim Buchanan 1900 0-2 Ian Wilkinson 1926

Posted by The Chess Drum: 3 February 2007