Smith, Lorne dominate M.R. Games in Jamaica


August 28, 2018

Zachary Ramsay, M.R. Games
Telephone 2948820

New Speed Chess Tournament an Exciting Success

Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica

Chess Masters Shreyas Smith and Malaku Lorne dominated the M.R. Games Chess Open that took place on August 25-26 at the University of the West Indies. The tournament was the first event for the new entertainment business and was a resounding success.


The rapid section on August 25 saw sixty-eight players battling over five rounds of games with each player having 20 minutes and 5 second increments each to finish. Smith, who was fresh off his victory at the Masters Knockout Invitational, had a remarkable start defeating National Women’s Champion Krishna Gray, Nathan Hinds, and National Master Andrew Mellace. However he suffered a demoralizing loss to FIDE Master (FM) Marcus Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago in the 4th round.


Tournament organizer Zachary Ramsay explaining a rule to Najeh Walsh


Cameron Coe won best under-10 in the rapid section

Smith made a simple tactical error to lose his bishop after a few moves in a sharp opening game. He was still able to recover and defeat FM Joshua Christie in the fifth round. There was a five way tie for 1st place with 4 points, but Smith successfully captured the title on tiebreaks. Former several time national champion FM Warren Elliott placed second, followed by Malik Curriah, FM Malaku Lorne, and Akeem Browm, all finishing on 4 points. Woman Candidate Master Margoe Williams was the best female player.

In the under-16 section Nicholas Lyn took first with 4.5 points, followed by Adani Clarke, Raehana Brown, and Justin Watts in second who all finished on 3.5 points. Daren McKennis captured the under 12 section, when he equaled Jaden Shaw’s 4.5 points but was better on tie breaks.


Adrian Palmer vs. FM Malaku Lorne


Andrew Mellace vs. FM Warren Elliott


Aulani Kidd of Campion College who played in the Under 16 Blitz

The blitz division, which took place on August 26, allotted 4 minutes with 2 second increments to each player to complete the game. FIDE Master Malaku Lorne showcased a blistering start with a perfect 8 points from 8 games. However he was set back and deteated by Andrew Mellace in an exciting 9th round clash.

FM Joshua Christie of St Jago High defeated Raheem Glaves in the 9th round to share first place. However Lorne took the title on tiebreaks, having beaten Christie in their head to head third round clash. Daren McKennis of Campion College and Christopher Lyn of Excelsior High were victorious in the Under 12 and Under 16 sections respectively.


IM Shane Matthews giving 20-board simultaneous exhibition
for a charity fundraiser.


Prize Winners of the Blitz tournament
Photos courtesy of MR Games (Zachary Ramsay)

International Master (elect) and seven time national champion Shane Matthews performed an intense and remarkable timed simultaneous exhibition with 20 junior players. This involved playing all the players at the same time with limited time for him to finish each game. That learning experience for the junior players was also a fundraiser for charity. Part proceeds from the event are to be donated to the National Children’s Home. The event was sponsored by PROVEN Wealth, Tastee Limited, The Gleaner, Marc Francis Ramsay & Company and Guardian Life Limited.

Video by MR Games

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Open Section

1st CM Shreyas Smith
2nd FM Warren Elliott
3rd NM Malik Curriah
4th FM Malaku Lorne
5th NM Akeem Brown

Best female WCM Margoe Williams

Rating Between 1801 and 2000:
1st NM Malik Curriah
2nd NM Akeem Brown
3rd Nathan Hinds

Rating Between 0 and 1800

1st WCM Margoe Williams
2nd Christopher Lyn
3rd Jordan Valence

Under 16 Section

1st Nicholos Lyn
2nd WCM Adani Clarke
3rd Raehanna Brown
4th Justin Watts
5th Nathan Walsh

Age Group Under 14

1st Nicholos Lyn
2nd Raehanna Brown
3rd Justin Watts

Best Female Under 16 WCM Adani Clarke and Raehanna Brown

Under 12 Section Final

1st Darren Mckennis
2nd Jaden Shaw
3rd John Stephenson
4th Amy Stephenson
5th CM Anthony Lyn

Age Group Under 10

1st Cameron Coe
2nd Malachi Norgaard
3rd Ksenia Spaulding

Best Female Under 12 Amy Stephenson


Open Section:

1st FM Malaku Lorne
2nd FM Joshua Christie
3rd FM Marcus Joseph
4th NM Andrew Mellace
5th Adrian Palmer

Best Female WCM Margoe Williams

Under 16 Section Final

1st Christopher Lyn
2nd Nicholas Lyn
3rd Raehanna Brown
4th Justin Watts
5th Antonic Chung

Best Female Under 16 Raehanna Brown

Under 12 Section Final

1st Darren Mckennis
2nd Jaden Shaw
3rd Armani Dyer
4th CM Anthony Lyn
5th Zane Chung

Best Female Under 12 Ksenia Spaulding

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  1. Photo Album (captions below):

    Picture captions:

    1. Under 16 section players – back row (left to right): Nicholas Lyn, Antonic Chung and front row facing Ashanti Blackwood and Chevoniece Mitchell
    2. Under 12 section players – in front is eventual winner Darren Mckennis of Campion College (left) and Spaulding Ksenia of Stella Maris Preparatory School
    3. Tournament organizer Zachary Ramsay explaining a rule to Najeh Walsh
    4. Open section players – at the front is Warren Elliott (left) facing Andrew Hercules
    5. Cameron Coe who won best under 10 player in the rapid section
    6. National Master Akeem Brown of St Jago High (left) facing FIDE Master Marcus Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago (right)
    7. Jaden Shaw who placed second in the Under 12 Blitz and Rapid sections
    8. Aulanni Kidd of Campion College who played in the Under 16 Blitz
    9. Some of the winners of the blitz tournament
    10. International Master (elect) Shane Matthews (standing) giving a simultaneous exhibition. He played 20 children at the same time as a charity fundraiser
    11. FIDE Master (elect) Shreyas Smith collecting his trophy for winning the Rapid section
    12. 12 Kaia Gayle facing Thinzar Kyaw in the Under 12 Section
    13. Left: National Master Peter Myers and Andrew Mellace facing on the right National Master Malik Curriah and FIDE Master Warren Elliott
    14. Adrian Palmer facing FIDE Maser Malaku Lorne. Lorne won the Blitz section.
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  2. Love to see chess played in jamaica my homeland.
    Plenty respect to Mr shabazz n Marice Ashley.God
    Bless you all.

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