NM Glaves triumphs at Robert Wheeler Chess Open

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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The 2019 IA CM Robert Wheeler Open came to a sizzling conclusion last weekend as National Master (NM) Raheem Glaves finished first ahead of five other players in the second JCF Grand Prix event at Liberty Academy.

Going into the final round, NM Geoffrey Byfield and Candidate Master (CM) Russel Porter were tied for first on four points, while eight other players trailed on 3.5 points. After a mutual draw between NM Byfield and CM Porter, NM Glaves, CM Kevin Merritt, Nathan Hinds and Jaden Shaw won their respective games to join the mix of players on 4.5 points each.

When tiebreaks were employed, NM Glaves was adjudged the winner of the section, while 2017 winner CM Merritt placed second, followed by Shaw, NM Byfield, CM Porter and Hinds who finished third to sixth, respectively.

The return of former national champion CM Porter, who was on an almost two- year hiatus, could be a signal of things to come for the remainder of the year.

The best junior players of the event were NM Glaves, Shaw and Raehanna Brown. It was a noteworthy tournament for NM Glaves as he overcame the odds to win his first JCF Open event. Shaw's third-place finish was his second major highlight this year after winning the Under-12 Absolute Carifta title last month.

Raehanna Brown was the best female player of the event as she finished in seventh place after tiebreaks on four points. Brown's performance will see her become the number one local active player on the next international rating list. Woman Candidate Master Adani Clarke and Aulanni Kidd were second and third on 3.5 and 2.5 points, respectively.

In another first, Indian Sidarth Alvares and Javonte Hunter were declared joint winners after both players finished on 5.5 points each and tied on all other tiebreaks. Their round five game was a draw, while they decimated the remainder of the field in the other rounds. Third place went to Rohit Mahtani ahead of Daniel Cardenas who finished on 4.5 points as well.

Gabriela Watson was the best female player with four points. Arielle Mckoy and Laila Griffiths were second and third in the category on 3.5 and three points, respectively. Other sectional prizes winners included Aaron Mckoy — Under-8; Cameron Coe — Under-10; Rohit Mahtani — Under-12; Sidarth Alvares — Rating class 1400; Rohit Mahtani — Rating class 1200; Daniel Cardenas — Rating class 1200.

Jeanae Lloyd had a phenomenal tournament as she was declared the best Under-8 player, top female player and overall winner on a remarkable six points. Second place went to Krish Lalwani on 5.5 points. Third place was a tie among Jayden Gregory, Ajay Tennant and Ronark Shergil, who finished on 5 points each.

The second best female player saw a tie among three players who finished on four points each. After tiebreaks, Makalia Mckenzie was second, Victoria Salazar in third place and Dedipya Sunkara in fourth place. Other age group winners included Nickaye Miller and Jayden Gregory, who topped the Under 6 and 10 categories, respectively.

The IA CM Robert Wheeler Open was the second Grand Prix event for 2019 staged by The Jamaica Chess Federation (JCF). The tournament is named in honour of International Arbiter and CM Robert Wheeler, who was one of Jamaica's first National Masters, a six-time Olympian and former national champion. IA CM Wheeler is the current rating officer of the JCF.

The tournament was made possible by the sponsorship of the Sports Development Foundation and Magnificent Chess Foundation.

— David Rose

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