WFM Sabrina Chevannes was on tour this summer in the U.S. and capped off her visit by attending the historic Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. Prior to that she had visited Susan Polgar’s Webster Academy, stopped by the iconic and famed Marshall Chess Club in New York, trekked across the country to the Bay area in San Francisco, tested her skills in several tournaments (including the U.S. Masters and the Washington International) and then capped off her trip with a final appearance in St. Louis.
Apart from her successful tour, the British national gained an incredible 142 rating points in the U.S. Masters where she earned her final WIM norm. She eclipsed the 2200-barrier on the United States Chess Federation rating system. This accomplishment may seem a bit anti-climatic since she vaulted over 2200 (2134 to 2276) in one tournament, but she scored her best career result. She has played in a total of eight USCF tournaments and her first provisional rating was 2048. Her FIDE rating will also eclipse 2200 after gaining 46 ELO points.
She had a much better playing experience than in last year’s Washington International where she was involved in controversy in her game against phenom FM Awonder Liang. After battling an illness throughout, she had to make repeated trips to the bathroom after which Liang’s father accused her of cheating. It created a small controversy in which she burst into tears. She won the the game, but it was a low point in that trip. This trip was certainly more fortuitous.
Chevannes stated that she is weighing her various options now and is continuing her projects with ChessBase and released a children’s chess book. She also has rebranded her academy which has helped to produce an 11-year old who was joint first in British Ladies Championship! In the future, she hopes to visit her ancestral home of Jamaica, but she will return to the U.S. in October to continue cementing her ties and hopefully will establish herself as a fixture on the U.S. chess scene.