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Rachel Miller tops U-16 chess competition

Saturday, March 01, 2014


The Grace Tropical Rhythms 2014 National Age Group Chess Championships saw new champions crowned in the Under-8, Under-12 and Under-16 sections.

The new champions will represent Jamaica in international competitions in their age categories.

After six rounds, Campion College student Rachel Miller topped the Under-16 category with six points from as many games. Going into the last round, she was on five points facing Nathan Belinfante of Wolmer's Boys on four points in a must-win situation. Miller eventually emerged victorious.

Second place in the Under-16 went to Akeem Brown of St Jago High, who had the better tie-break over Calabar student, Malik Sean Curriah on five points each.

The Under-12 section also required perfect play for Jaleel Thorpe from Bread Of Life Christian Academy to become the first rural player to win that title.

Over 200 children played in the first weekend of the tournament and 65 of those participants were in the Under-8 section.

Mona Prep student, Anthony Lyn, won Under-8, while Dylan Baker and Kishan Clarke finished second and third, respectively.

Play continues this weekend at St Hugh's Preparatory with the Under-10, Under-14 and Under-18 sections.

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