NM Duane Rowe

This Master Profile was written by NM Mark Holness, Jamaican Chess Federation. All Rights Reserved.

"Respect is everything."
---- The Lox


National Master Duane Rowe first learned chess 1992, while still attending Kingston College. He made a tremendous impact on the chess scene during that year, and his progress was so fast that he was voted the most promising chess player in 1992.

After winning the LennHapp Tournament of 1992, he went on to become a Three time National Champion wen he won in 1995, 1996 and 1998.

Duane Rowe, is still regarded as one of the most Promising Players in terms of Sheer Talent and is currently ranked third in the Island with a National Rating of over 2300. He achieved his National Master title in 1996.

NM Duane Rowe


FIDE Profile


While he has yet to live up to his full Potential, NM Rowe oozes sheer confidence and Ability. He is a calculating genius and is matched only by
NM Pitterson. He is a well rounded player who balances his natural tactical aggressive style with an amazing ability to grasp the important features in technical positions.


NM Rowe's career is highlighted by his three time win at nationals, and his excellent performance in the 34th Chess Olympiad, where he achieved a score of 6.5/13 in his first Olympiad. His meteoric rise as a Junior is surpassed only by NM Pitterson and maybe equaled by
NM Matthews. He won almost every single Junior Tournament in his era, including the under 14, under 16, and under 18 Open Championships.

Some other highlights of his chess career are as follows:

2001 Jamaica Open; Attained 1st place
2001 New Years Open; First place
2001 Easter Open; First Place
2000 34th chess Olympiad ; Scored 6.5/13
1998 National Champs; placed First.
1995-1996 National Champs; Won 1st place, tying with Porter in 1995.
1994 Caribbean Junior U16; 1st Place.


NM Rowe recently placed in the top six of the 2002 recently concluded National Chess Champs after coming back from a long layoff from the sport due to studies. he has qualified for the Jamaica Olympic chess team and will now represent his country for the second time in the 35th Chess Olympiad, which will be held in Bled, Slovenia.


NM Rowe is still one the most Promising Chess players that Jamaica has ever produced, and time is on his side. His raw talent and his genius is awesome. His natural ability to calculate rapidly is perhaps unparalleled. If he can remain focused, and disciplined he can still live up to his remarkable Potential.

Date Compiled: 2 October 2002

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