Jamaican Women feted!

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L-R: Deborah Richards, Margoe Williams, Annesha Smith, Krishna Gray and Ariel Barrett. Photo by Ian Wilkinson.

Jamaican Women’s Olympians (L-R): Deborah Richards (board 1), Margoe Williams (board 4), Annesha Smith (board 5), Krishna Gray (board 2) and Ariel Barrett (board 3). Photo by Ian Wilkinson.

Jamaica etched another fantastic chapter in its illustrious sporting history when the curtains came down on the 39th World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia on the 3rd October, 2010. The Jamaican women crowned their country and region in glory by becoming the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to win a category in the eighty-plus year history of the World Chess Olympiad.

Margoe Williams accepts Jamaica’s 1st-place team trophy for Category ‘E’ winner.

Although largely inexperienced, with only captain WFM Deborah Richards having played at a Chess Olympiad before, the Jamaicans fought with pride and determination and improved with each round. In the process they recorded a Jamaican record nineteen (19) points and won category “E” (with approximately 20 countries) with some sterling performances including victories against countries such as Nigeria, Yemen and Qatar.

In addition to the landmark victory, Jamaica had the added bonuses of earning two new individual, international chess titles when Ariel Barrett and Margoe Williams were each awarded the Woman Candidate Master (“WCM”) title for their performances.

With the squad of players growing stronger with coaching and participation in local and international events, even greater things should be in store for the future, especially at the 40th World Chess Olympiad scheduled for Istanbul, Turkey in 2012.

~ Peter Myers

Jamaica: 2010 Chess Olympiad Category 'E' winners. Photo by Ian Wilkinson.

Jamaica: 2010 Chess Olympiad Category ‘E’ winners.
Photo by Ian Wilkinson.

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

4 Comments

  1. Congratulations to all of Jamaica, that’s faster than Usain Bolt! Whoopie Golberg is in a new movie called for colored girls , UM gunna go check it out and i’ll be smilin and thinkin of you!!! Peace.

  2. Congratulations to the Jamaican Women Chess Team. You inspire a lot of African American girls in the United States! Hope to meet you one day soon! Respect! One Love! Peace and Blessings! The Shakoor Family!

  3. Congratulations to the Jamaican ladies for a well deserved victory and the inspiration of your Federation President Ian Wilkinson.

  4. Lewis, thank you for your congratulations and kind sentiments. All the very best to you and yours. May 2011 bring great blessings for you and your country chesswise and otherwise!

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