Smith, Davy to battle for Proven Masters Chess KO title

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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The 17th staging of the Proven Investment-sponsored IM Jomo Pitterson Masters' Knockout (MKO) and the Candidate Masters' Chess tournaments, will come to a close this weekend at the head office of the Jamaica Olympic Association.

Over the last four weeks, the tournaments have seen the island's top chess players face off for the coveted trophies and prize money. The MKO main event is open only to national or internationally titled chess masters and uses an exciting knockout format until there is one king left standing.

In the final match of the MKO, four games will be used to separate the two repeat finalists, reigning National Chess Champion Super National Master (SNM) Shreyas Smith and FIDE Master (FM) Damion Davy, a three-time National champion.

SNM Smith is hoping to win this championship for the first time, as he was defeated by Davy in the final of last year's tournament, in a Blitz play-off after they were tied following four games.

In the Candidate's Final Round, St Catherine High's Raheem Glaves will face St Jago's Michael Christie over four games — the first time two juniors will be competing for this title.

The final round of four games of each event will get under way at 9:00 am today. The tournament, which was organised by the Jamaica Chess Federation, was made possible with the kind support of Proven Investments Limited, Jamaica Olympic Association, and the Kasparov Chess Foundation.

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