The Jamaica chess team, fresh from its all-time best performance at the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) 38th Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, returned home on Thursday.
The national chess team – led by head of delegation Ian Wilkinson, the president of the Jamaica Chess Federation – tied for first in Group D of the Olympiad and finished in a tie for 64th place of the 154 competing nations.
Jamaica was represented by FIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott, National Master (NM) Shane Matthews, Super National Master (SNM) Duane Rowe, NM Jomo Pitterson, NM Brandon Wilsonand NM Robert Wheeler (captain).
NM Jomo Pitterson was undefeated at the Olympiad with a score of OF 7/9 (five wins and four draws), and earned the title of FIDE Master. Ian Wilkinson – a law professor at the Norman Manley Law School, and the vice-president of the Jamaica Bar Association – represented Jamaica as a member of the World Chess Federation Ethics Committee at the Chess Olympiad.
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