NATIONAL Master Peter Myers started the new chess year with the right moves, when he took the third staging of the NM John Powell Memorial Chess Open at the Campion College Auditorium last weekend.
Myers ended the tournament with five points from six games after securing a good final-round victory over defending champion National Master Brandon Wilson.
Second place went to National Master Geoffrey Byfield, who also finished on five points, but was relegated to second using the tie-break system.
Tournament favourite and Jamaica’s number one ranked player, FIDE Master Warren Elliott, who was returning to active chess after a seven-month break, took third place with 4.5 points.
The Intermediate section was won by Campion College first former Andrew Folkes, who took home the first place prize after securing five points from six games. Second place went to Camperdown’s Oshane Reid who also ended on five points, but was adjudged second on tie-break.
Third place was shared by five players who ended on 4.5 points each — Chevian Wilkinson, Paul Richards, Jordan Carty, Jason Lawson and Javado Bryan.
The Amateur Section was won by Ricardo Smith-Stewart who finished perfect with five points from five games. Nine players tied for second with four points each. They are Kriston Kong, Xavier McFarlane, Brandon Freeman, Michael Yapp, Ian Ramsay, David Daniels, Moe Wint, Jordan Treasure and Rebecca Harris.
Next of the Jamaica Chess Federation calendar is the National Junior Chess Championships scheduled to take place in March.
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