Jamaica

  • Drum chats with FM Warren Elliott

    The Chess Drum visited the Pan-Am Youth Chess Festival held in Chicago and was able to have a chat with FM Warren Elliott, part of the Jamaica delegation. During this brief discussion, he mentioned his reason for being at the event, the current state of chess in Jamaica, the future…

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  • Peter Myers get 2nd term as Jamaica’s Prez!

    Peter Myers has served as an officer in the Jamaica Chess Federation for more than 25 years and continues his work after being elected for a 2nd term on June 17th. Ten-time women’s champion Deborah Richards-Porter was elected as Vice-President. It will take Myers a long time to match his…

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  • Jaden Shaw tops 2023 Jamaica Championship!

    Jaden Shaw won the Jamaican National Championship with a blistering 10/11 ushering in a new era of Jamaican talent. Much of the field is coached by local masters and titled players and perhaps one out of the field will become the first Jamaican Grandmaster. Currently the under-20 champion, Shaw beat…

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  • Two healing after Olympiad health crises

    During round three of the Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India, there were two attendees suffering health crises. Both received immediate medical attention and were taken to local hospitals. Both were stabilized. Chess can certainly be a stressful activity, but of course, it is the thrill of combat that we enjoy.Jamaica’s…

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  • Chat with Ian Wilkinson on 2022 FIDE Election

    Ian Wilkinson QC During the 2022 Chess Olympiad, The Chess Drum had an interview with Ian Wilkinson QC who had been picked by FIDE Presidential Candidate Bachar Kouatly as his Deputy President. They are gearing up for the election which takes place at the General Assembly on August 7th. There…

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  • Jamaica’s Christie wins Heroes Cup 2022!

    Barbados Chess Federation, “Jamaican Christie takes spot in Heroes Day Cup, Wilson wins Challengers section,” barbadoschess.org, 29 April 2022. Leading local chess players Orlando Husbands and Justin Blackman missed out on top honours as Jamaican Joshua Christie captured the Masters section in the Barbados Chess Federation’s Heroes Day Cup. FM…

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  • The History of Chess in Jamaica: 1834-1978

    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.…

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  • Caribbean vs. Chicago is a massive hit!

    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…

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  • Pitterson’s Twitch hosts The Chess Drum!

    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…

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  • Bob Wheeler, Pioneer of Jamaican Chess, dead at 70

    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,…

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