National Master Brandon Wilson made a long-awaited return to his impressive form of the past when he captured the 2010 Harold Chan Open, with an undefeated five points from a possible six.
The tournament was held September 4-5 at Jamaica College, in honour of the dedication of Dr Harold Chan to the local chess community.
The triumph came after Wilson defeated WFM Deborah Richards in a swift ‘Accelerated Dragon Defense’, ending her chances of securing two conseuctive tournament victories. Candidate Master Daren Wisdom secured second place after setting back defending champion NM Peter Myers, claiming 4.5 points, and in the process making another crucial step towards the title of National Master.
In spite of this, Richards and Myers were still able to secure third place tied with compatriots, Ryan Blackwood, Terence Lindo, and the returning veteran NM Robert Wheeler, who was awarded the bronze medal based on the tie-break.
In the intermediate section, the fast improving Miguel Asher of Wolmer’s Boys’ School proved too much for the Campionite, Andrew Foulkes, in the ultimate round.
The victory placed him in a tie for first place with Horace Sinclair; however, Asher was declared the winner on the tie-break, with Folkes and Jermaine McDonald trailing in shared second place.
The next event on the chess calendar is the Chess Olympiad to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from September 19 to October 4, 2010.
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