Archive for the 'Jamaica' 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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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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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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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 […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR contact: David Rose, Public Relations Chairemail: jamchessfed.secretary@gmail.comweb: www.jamchess.com University of Technology student Nathan Hinds claimed first place after an exhilarating finale in the President’s Cup Invitational Chess Tournament which concluded on May 26 at the Jamaica Olympic Association. Hinds, who has had a phenomenal Chess year so far, inched closer to achieving […]

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This evening at 7pm the Jamaica Chess Federation (JCF) will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the famous Pegasus Hotel. Since February 18, 1969, the federation has evolved and is experiencing a surge of growth in Chess-in-Schools with 50,000 new players in the past decade. The JCF has blossomed under the leadership of Attorney Ian Wilkinson […]

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I met Maurice Ashley nearly 30 years ago at the 1989 U.S. Open held just outside of Chicago at the Rosemont Hyatt. At this time, I had already started the groundwork for a chess network for players of African descent. During a graduate-level marketing class, I was able to write a marketing plan for the […]

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