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