Friday, October 13th - Meet the Chess Superstars

School Exhibitions with International Chess Prodigies (Invitation Only)

School Exhibition
Photo Credit: Bradley Perkin

The youth chess superstars will visit schools and engage with Jamaican students. The visits will be hosted at two centrally located schools in St. Catherine and Kingston. The activities include simultaneous and other chess related exhibitions, game analysis and Q & A. This event is a rare opportunity to interact directly with some of the world’s most promising young talent in a structured format.

The school exhibitions aim to showcase chess as a great tool for developing concentration and to encourage students to use chess as a means of enhancing their problem solving skills.

Saturday, October 14th

Chess Seminar - The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Online Registration begins Tuesday, October 3rd. Limited spaces available.

Featured Speakers

Chess in the Park - Emancipation Park, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m

Human Chess
Photo Credit: The Ray Effect

Come enjoy an entertaining evening of music and chess. There will be approximately 200 chess boards in Emancipation Park, just for you, bringing chess squarely into the public domain.

One of the interactive games taking place at Emancipation Park will be a game of Live Human Chess where people will take the place of the chess pieces, ‘moved’ under the instruction of the Chess Superstars and vying for victory. Become one with the board as you compete against your challenger, battling it out for your side to win bragging rights.

Photo Credit: Bradley Perkins

Chess aficionados will have an extended playing area and beginners will be welcomed in our ‘Learn to Play’ zone. Watch in awe as the 5 International Chess Superstars play against 75 Jamaican counterparts simultaneously. Take on one of the International Chess Superstars in a game of Blitz chess.

The evening entertainment continues with a chess themed scavenger hunt, putting into practice strategy and tactics by completing trivia questions to challenge new and experienced players alike.

Sunday, October 15th - Grand Finale Rapid Team Chess Match

The Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel,  12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Come and watch as two teams battle for supremacy in a four round rapid game.

The teams will be comprised of eleven players, each led by a teenage Grandmaster on Board 1 and a Woman Grandmaster and Woman International Master on Board 2. The remaining nine boards, (Boards 3 to 11), will see our National Age Group and CARIFTA Champions, among others, in live exciting chess action.

Several of the top games will be played on DGT electronic boards that will broadcast the moves in real time to the viewing hall through multiple LED screens complemented by live video. There will be live commentary provided by GM Maurice Ashley, JCF President Ian Wilkinson and eight-time National Chess Champion of Jamaica FM Warren Elliott.

Come watch the games in real time in a special quiet room or watch in the larger spectator hall while enjoying refreshments and discussing the games with your friends. See if you can guess the next move of the Masters!

Promises to be an exciting innovation to the local chess scene.

An award ceremony will follow the match.