NATIONAL Master (NM) Andrew Mellace won the 2013 Jamaica Open Chess Championships held at St George's College from October 26 through 27.
Mellace scored five points from six games (5/6), and suffered his only loss of the Open in the third round to St Jago student Alistair Walker. Horace Sinclair turned in a fine performance to capture second with four points, while WFM Deborah Richards-Porter continued her good form to finish third, also with four points. Alistair Walker, NM Brandon Wilson, NM Mikhail Solomon and Paul Brooks finished fourth through seventh, all scoring four points, but with a weaker tie-break.
In the Intermediate Section of the tournament, Malik Gayle's five wins and one draw (5/6) edged top-seed Leighton Barrett (5/6) with Michael Christie in third with five points (5/6). Nathan Walsh won the Under-8 section. Leighton Barrett took the Under-10, while Akeem Brown and Malik Buchanan won the Under-12 and Under-14, respectively. Sheanel Gardner was the best female in the
Orion Isaacs turned in a perfect performance of six wins from as many games (6/6) to win the amateur section. Quentin Forrester finished second with five points (5/6), and Rashawn White placed third, also with five points (5/6).
The next major event on the Jamaica Chess Federation calendar will be the Fredrick Cameron Open from December 14 through 15. The top three players from that Open will qualify for the 2014 Jamaica National Championships.