Wilkinson, Matthews at 2019 World Seniors

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JAMAICAN CHAMPIONS OFF TO
2019 WORLD SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

International Master Shane Matthews and Ian Wilkinson QC left the island this past weekend to represent their country in the 29th World Seniors Chess Championships being held in Bucharest, Romania.

The event is being staged by the Romanian Chess Federation under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (“FIDE”) and will be held over eleven rounds from November 11 to 23, 2019. The time control is forty moves in ninety minutes with a further thirty minutes to finish the game. There are increments of thirty seconds per move from the first move. Hundreds of players from more than fifty (50) countries are participating in this prestigious event which spans four sections: Absolute (mainly men) fifty years old and over; Women fifty years; Seniors Absolute sixty-five years and over; and Women sixty-five years and over.


Kazakhstan’s IM Aitkazy Baimurzin vs. IM Shane Matthews, 0-1 (31)

Ian Wilkinson battling Scottish IM Stephen Mannion in 3rd round, 0-1 (62)
Photos by Magnificent Chess

IM Matthews, who notched a hat-trick of victories in Jamaica’s Absolute Veterans Chess Championship 2017-2019, played in the World Championships event last year in Bled, Slovenia. He also made history in winning Jamaica’s Absolute Chess Championship seven times and the Caribbean (Absolute) Sub-Zonal in 2018.

Wilkinson, an Hon. Vice-President of FIDE and a former President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, won the first two Jamaican Veterans Championship in 2015 and 2016 (named in honour of the late William Roper, an Attorney-at-Law and one of the founding fathers of the JCF in 1969) played in the World Championships in 2015 and 2016 in Italy and the Czech Republic, respectively.

The participation of the two Jamaicans was made possible by General Accident Insurance Company Limited, the Sports Development Foundation, the Jamaica Chess Federation, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

Ian G. Wilkinson QC
Jamaica Chess Federation
2019 November 10

Official Site: https://worldseniors2019.com/
Standings: (50+ Men, 50+ Women, 65+ Men, 65+ Women)
Regulations: https://worldseniors2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/reg-final-1.pdf

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  1. FANTASTIC JAMAICAN FIRST ROUND VICTORIES
    2019 WORLD SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Jamaican representatives International Master Shane Matthews and Ian Wilkinson QC started on a bang in round one of the 29th World Seniors Chess Championships which commenced today in Bucharest, Romania.

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    Rated 44th out of 138 players in the Absolute Fifty-year old section Matthews, playing on board 44, deployed the Old Indian defence with the black pieces to outclass his game Romanian adversary Bogdan Ciobanu in 28 moves. He has vaulted up the standings to 15th position after the first round and will have the white pieces on board three (!) in tomorrow’s second round against one of the home-town favourites Romanian International Grandmaster Mihail Marin.


    Romanian Bogdan Ciobanu vs. IM Shane Matthews, 0-1 (28)

    Ian Wilkinson ready to start against Sweden’s Kent Angskorg, 1-0 (35)
    Photos by Magnificent Chess

    Wilkinson, rated 125th, played on board 56 against Sweden’s 56th-rated Kent Angskorg who sported a rating 350+ points higher than the Jamaican’s, a veritable David and Goliath match-up. Playing with Black, the Swede uncorked the Modern Defence but succumbed to an internecine kingside attack from the Jamaican and stopped the clock on the 35th move with checkmate imminent. Wilkinson has catapulted sixty-five spots up the standings to 60th position. In the second round he will have the black pieces against Canadian FIDE Master Viktor Plotkin rated 36th and almost 460 points over the Jamaican.

    The event is being staged by the Romanian Chess Federation under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (“FIDE”) and will be held at the Grand Rin Hotel over eleven rounds from November 11 to 23, 2019. The time control is forty moves in ninety minutes with a further thirty minutes to finish the game. There are increments of thirty seconds per move from the first move. Hundreds of players from more than fifty (50) countries are participating in this prestigious event which spans four sections: Absolute (mainly men) fifty years old and over; Women fifty years; Seniors Absolute sixty-five years and over; and Women sixty-five years and over.


    The participation of the two Jamaicans was made possible by General Accident Insurance Company Limited, the Sports Development Foundation, the Jamaica Chess Federation, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

    Ian G. Wilkinson QC
    Jamaica Chess Federation
    2019 November 12

    From Grand Rin Hotel, Bucharest, Romania

    Official Site: https://worldseniors2019.com/
    Standings: (50+ Men, 50+ Women, 65+ Men, 65+ Women)
    Regulations: https://worldseniors2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/reg-final-1.pdf

  2. RUMBLE IN ROMANIA!!
    2019 WORLD SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Jamaican representatives International Master Shane Matthews and Ian Wilkinson QC had mixed results on Thursday, November 14 during third round action of the 29th World Seniors Chess Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

    In the Absolute Fifty-year old section Kazakhstan’s IM Aitkazy Baimurzin who faced Matthews, opened with 1. Nf3 but the Jamaican wielded his black army with tremendous vigour and routed his opponent in an explosive 31 moves. This was sweet revenge for the Jamaican who had lost to his opponent when they met on the battlefield in last year’s tournament. Matthews has moved up to 33rd position in the 138-player field and will have the White pieces against Scotland’s Ian Aird in tomorrow’s 4th round.


    Kazakhstan’s IM Aitkazy Baimurzin vs. IM Shane Matthews, 0-1 (31)

    Ian Wilkinson battling Scottish IM Stephen Mannion in 3rd round, 0-1 (62)
    Photos by Magnificent Chess

    CLOCK CONTROVERSY

    Wilkinson played with the white pieces on board 19 against Scotland’s IM Stephen R. Mannion rated 32 in the field. In a bruising Centre game battle that went over 60 moves and five hours, the Jamaican lost on time in a queen and pawn ending. Post-mortem analysis showed that he missed a possible win on his 50th move.

    The encounter saw a bit of controversy when Mannion’s flag fell after his 40th move and the clock stopped working. Wilkinson summoned the Chief Arbiter who signalled an assistant arbiter to change the clock etc. In the interim, Mannion sat at the board studying the position. Wilkinson asked the arbiter to have Mannion leave the board (as his time was not ticking) but the Scotsman refused to get up and said, “Leave me, I am thinking”. Roughly five minutes after the clock stopped working it was re-started with Mannion given a full 30 minutes, the entirety of the second time control, when it should have been no more than 25. This would prove to be important as when the game was over Mannion had just under five minutes on his clock!

    Wilkinson is in 59th position on 1 ½ points and will face Australia’s Charles Zworestine with the black pieces in the 4th round, the Australian having a huge 350+ point rating advantage over the Jamaican.

    The event is being staged by the Romanian Chess Federation under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (“FIDE”) in the “Sala Bucuresti” at the Grand Rin Hotel over eleven rounds from November 11 to 23, 2019. The time control is forty moves in ninety minutes with a further thirty minutes to finish the game. There are increments of thirty seconds per move from the first move. Hundreds of players from more than fifty (50) countries are participating in this prestigious event which spans four sections: Absolute (mainly men) fifty years old and over; Women fifty years; Seniors Absolute sixty-five years and over; and Women sixty-five years and over.

    The participation of the two Jamaicans was made possible by General Accident Insurance Company Limited, the Sports Development Foundation, the Jamaica Chess Federation, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

    Ian G. Wilkinson QC
    Jamaica Chess Federation
    2019 November 12

    From Grand Rin Hotel, Bucharest, Romania

    Official Site: https://worldseniors2019.com/
    Standings: (50+ Men, 50+ Women, 65+ Men, 65+ Women)
    Regulations: https://worldseniors2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/reg-final-1.pdf

  3. ROUND FIVE REPORT

    JAMAICANS PUNCHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT AT THE BREAK!!

    2019 WORLD SENIORS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Entering the rest day after round five, of the scheduled 11 rounds, was completed on Saturday, November 16 of the 29th World Seniors Chess Championships in Bucharest, Jamaica’s two representatives are punching well above their weight.

    In the Absolute Fifty-year old section IM Shane Matthews battled bravely with the black pieces on board 11 in round 5 but succumbed to the Catalan wielded by Georgian GM Giorgi Bagaturov. Matthews had played brilliant positional Chess in round 4 to dismantle Scotland’s Ian Aird’s Berlin Defence in a Ruy Lopez opening, ending the game with the aesthetic 37.d4 pawn sacrifice that guaranteed him promotion. Ranked 44 he is in 35th position on 3 points in the 138-player field and, after Sunday’s rest day, will have the white pieces on board 25 against the unbeaten Englishman Peter Gayson in Monday’s 6th round.

    EXPLOSIVE JAMAICA-GERMAN CLASH

    The other Jamaican in the field, Ian G. Wilkinson QC, rebounded from his 4th round loss to Australian Charles Zworestine with a victory in round 5 against the much higher rated German Uwe Gebhardt on board 54. Wilkinson was efficient with the white pieces in his demolition of the German’s Modern defence in 27 moves. Wilkinson, ranked 125, is in 64th position on an even 2 ½ points and will face another Swede Conny Holst with the black pieces in the 6th round on board 36, the Swede having roughly a huge 350+ point rating advantage over the Jamaican.

    The event is being staged by the Romanian Chess Federation under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (“FIDE”) in the “Sala Bucuresti” at the Grand Rin Hotel over eleven rounds from November 11 to 23, 2019. The time control is forty moves in ninety minutes with a further thirty minutes to finish the game. There are increments of thirty seconds per move from the first move. Hundreds of players from more than fifty (50) countries are participating in this prestigious event which spans four sections: Absolute (mainly men) fifty years old and over; Women fifty years; Seniors Absolute sixty-five years and over; and Women sixty-five years and over.

    The participation of the two Jamaicans was made possible by General Accident Insurance Company Limited, the Sports Development Foundation, the Jamaica Chess Federation, the Jamaica Tourist Board and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

    Jamaica Chess Federation
    2019 November 17
    PHOTOGRAPHS

    Georgian GM Giorgi Bagaturov (L) facing Jamaican IM Shane Matthews in round 5; 1-0 in 40 moves

    German Uwe Gebhardt (L) at the start of his game against Jamaican Ian G. Wilkinson QC in round 5; 1-0 in 27 moves

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