Archive for the 'Caribbean' Category

In June 2020, Jamaica’s Bertram Scott has released a seminal work chronicling the chess history of the island nation. The book titled, The History of Chess in Jamaica: 1834-1978 has important content in tracing the activities of history, not only on the island but important events in the chess world. The book is a treasure-trove […]

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Barbados’ top chess player Orlando Husbands finished off the year in grand style by winning the Michael Forde Memorial Championship with a perfect record over the weekend to secure a fourth major title for 2020. The 23-year-old International Master brushed aside each of his seven opponents and was crowned champion before the final round of […]

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A wonderful development has resulted during the past few years and spearheaded by the Chicago Chess Blitzers (CCB). It started with traveling matches (Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, New York) and when the distance was an issue, online cage matches were arranged. After the National Blitz League was launched in 2017 (Site, YouTube) parts of the […]

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In this age of the coronavirus, activity has migrated online as thousands of players have set up YouTube channels and registered for online accounts on various chess servers. One of the major contributors to the boom in online chess has been the streaming platform of Twitch. This revolution has made it difficult to distinguish one’s […]

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Remembering late Jamaican chess legend Robert Wheeler by Bertram Scott Robert Wheeler, one of Jamaica’s legendary chess players and administrators, was one of the founding members of the Jamaica Chess Federation. Jamaica chess legend Robert Wheeler passed away on Tuesday, June 30, at the Kingston Public Hospital at age 70, and leaves behind great memories […]

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Bert Scott may be known to some from running the Jamaica Chess Ambassadors website for several years in the 2000s. He took up the game during the “Fischer Boom,” and like many, got the book, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. He has been an active chess player since the 70s and has recently released a long-awaited […]

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Della-Marie Walcott at2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, TurkeyPhoto by Rohan Waite Della-Marie Walcott had everything going for her. At 14, she was confident, smart, pretty with an effervescent personality. She was also a rising talent in chess! Her parents Dominic Walcott and Debra Walcott, were immensely proud, as was her large extended family. Then tragedy […]

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Without a doubt, there is a lot of online activity during the global crisis and it is creating energy in places that were rather isolated. Particularly in the African Diaspora, there has been a fire ignited with a number of cage matches and activity on lichess.org and broadcast on streaming site, Twitch. Some of the […]

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With COVID-19 bearing down on the world, Jamaica got in the last of their tournament activity before the Executive Council of the Jamaican Chess Federation (JCF) suspended activity on March 13th. That included the St. Catherine Open, a FIDE-rated event scheduled for March 19th-22nd. In light of the coronavirus (COVID19) threat being experienced across Jamaica […]

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Abu Dhabi, UAE… site of the 90th FIDE Congress A total of 195 federations from 195 countries were represented by their delegates at the 90th FIDE Congress held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The General Assembly and Executive Board Meetings were held on February 28-29th. The General Assembly opened February 28th, 2020 at around […]

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