2017 Jamaica International Chess Festival

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  Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, Akshat Chandra, Qiyu Zhou, Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Akshita Gorti, Awonder Liang, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Maurice Ashley. Photo by Peter Myers (Jamaica Chess Federation) The inaugural Jamaican International Chess Festival kicked off on the 13th with a serious schedule of events. The weekend was filled with […]

Rapid Rooks Lift Ashley Trophy

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The Rapid Rooks chess team clinched a narrow, suspense-filled victory over the Dark Knights to capture the inaugural Maurice Ashley Trophy in an exciting climax to the Jamaica International Chess Festival at the Spanish Court Hotel on Sunday. Led by Grandmaster Awonder Liang, the youngest chess grandmaster in the world, and Woman International Master Akshita […]

First Jamaica International Festival

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10/19/2017 – The first Jamaican International Chess Festival brought four strong youngsters to promote chess on the beautiful island of Jamaica: Awonder Liang, Akshat Chandra, Akshita Gorti and Qiyu Zhou — all up-and-coming players with notable achievements. They gave speeches, played simuls, blitz and rapid chess for the purpose of inspiring youth in Jamaica. Inspring […]

Chess Being Considered For Social Intervention

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that he will support efforts to use the sport of chess as a means of social intervention, to address crime and violence in Jamaica. Holness, who played competitively for St Catherine High and later Chancellor Hall while a student at the University of the West Indies, said that he […]

Holness expresses support for chess in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking. Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in […]

MacEnulty: Chess Is For Late Bloomers Too

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World-renown chess coach David MacEnulty has said that adults should not be discouraged from getting into the sport as they already have the mental conditioning needed to excel. Although, he said, this was so if the right training was given in the right amount of time. The United States Chess Federation Lifetime Achievement Award recipient […]