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Jamaica cops Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championship 2023

Staff Jamaica overcame 14 different international locations, together with the power of host nation Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba to turn into the 2023 champions of the lately concluded Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Competition held in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The hosts secured second place with Cuba ending in third place.

There have been sturdy performances from all of Jamaica’s gamers to convey dwelling the winners’ trophy, and several other gamers shone on the rostrum on the finish of the six-day match, which had over 230 gamers from 15 international locations throughout the area.

CM Jaden Shaw – Gold Beneath-16 Open on the rostrum, flanked by Nicolas Arturo Batista Rosas of Panama and Joshua Medina of Trinidad & Tobago.

Candidate Grasp (CM) Jaden Shaw blew away the sector within the U16 Open part with an ideal 9 out of 9 factors for the gold trophy. At that stage Shaw was poised to be named FIDE Grasp (FM) as he was nearing the ranking bar of 2100, on account of this match.

He additionally earned his second norm in the direction of changing into an Worldwide Grasp (IM). This implies there is just one norm left for Shaw to turn into Jamaica’s third-ever Worldwide Grasp, after IM Jomo Pitterson, and IM Shane Matthews.

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WCM Raehanna Brown – Gold Beneath-18 Feminine on the rostrum, flanked by WFM Aliett Valdes Boza of Cuba and WCM Alexandra Ashley Castillo Beitia of Panama.

Lady Candidate Grasp (WCM) Raehanna Brown additionally had an outstanding match, successful gold with seven factors and two attracts for a complete of eight factors. With this glorious efficiency she now qualifies for the Lady Worldwide Grasp title, topic to a ranking of 2000.

She additionally gained a large 60 ranking factors from the match in the direction of this aim. This could make Brown the third girl in Jamaica’s historical past to attain this title, after WIM Deborah Richards-Porter, and WIM Rachel Miller.

One other superb efficiency for gold, was that of Emilia Rose-Leake within the Beneath 10 feminine part. She had no losses and gained her age group with a rating of 8.5 out of 9 factors. Going ahead she shall be engaged on gaining ranking factors to achieve the WCM or CM titles that she is already entitled to, topic to an 1800 ranking for the WCM title, and 2000 ranking for the CM title.

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Newcomer Rajvir Shergil additionally had a wonderful efficiency within the U08 Open part with eight factors total, struggling just one loss to Bahamian Caerwyn Turnquest within the sixth spherical.

Shergil, who entered the match unrated, will now qualify for the Candidate Grasp title topic to achievement of a ranking of 2000.

Different noteworthy performances included these of Gabriella Watson within the Beneath 16 feminine part, Aaron McKoy within the Beneath 12 Open part, and Dayna-Simone Swasey and Leah Logan within the Beneath 08 feminine part.

Watson scored 6.5 factors, beating high seed, Bajan Hannah Wilson, however struggling two losses and a draw to come back out with the silver medal, behind Wilson. This efficiency entitles Watson to the WCM title for a second time, topic to achievement of the 1800 ranking bar.

Aaron McKoy additionally positioned second with 6.5 factors, dropping solely to the 2 highest rated gamers within the part – Cuban Osiel Alberto Alonso Orta and Sahiean Polanco Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, and having a draw with the third rated seed for the part.

This efficiency entitles McKoy to a Candidate Grasp title, topic to achievement of the 2000 ranking bar. Dayna-Simone Swasey and Leah Logan competed within the Beneath 08 Open part primarily based on a merging of the girls and boys for Beneath 08. General, Swasey had 5 factors which made her second among the many Beneath 08 females, simply forward of Leah Logan, who additionally had 5 factors, and positioned third on tiebreak.

The success of the crew wouldn’t have been potential with out the help of the person sponsors, dad and mom, coaches IM Jomo Pitterson, FM Warren Elliott, Troy McKoy and the Jamaica Chess Federation head of delegation WIM Deborah Richards-Porter, who was additionally coach to a number of college students.

The outcomes for the gifted and hard-working Jamaican crew of 29 gamers is as follows:

Under18 Open (20 gamers) – Darren McKennis (sixth with 5 factors), Aayush Jain (seventh with 5 factors) John Stephenson (thirteenth with 3.5 factors)

Under18 Feminine (11 gamers) – WCM Raehanna Brown (1st with 8 factors), Amy Stephenson (fifth with 5.5 factors), Kaity Gayle (ninth with 3 factors)

Under16 Open (29 gamers) – CM Jaden Shaw (1st with 9 factors), JLoy Chin (sixth with 5.5 factors)

Under16 Feminine (18 gamers) – Gabriella Watson (2nd with 6.5 factors), Suraiya Matandara-Clarke eighth with 5 factors)

Under14 Open (33 gamers) – Cameron Coe (eighth with 5.5 factors), Corbin Harvey (ninth with 5 factors)

Under14 Feminine (13 gamers) – Kaia Gayle (seventh with 5 factors)

Under12 Open (29 gamers) – Aaron McKoy (2nd with 6.5 factors), Ronak Shergil (fifth with 6 factors), Vaishnav Gali (ninth with 5 factors), Khaleel Bartlett (twelfth with 5 factors), Liam Logan (thirteenth with 5 factors)

Under12 Feminine (11 gamers) – Victoria Salazar (4th with 5.5 factors), Tsahai Clarke (sixth with 4 factors), Kayla Moses (seventh with 4 factors)

Under10 Feminine (15 gamers) – Emilia Rose-Leake (1st with 8.5 factors), Elisha Patel (4th with 6 factors), Esther Mullings (ninth with 4.5 factors)

Under08 Open (23 gamers) – Rajvir Shergil (1st with 8 factors)

Under08 Feminine (8 gamers) – Dayna-Simone Swasey (2nd with 5 factors), Leah Logan (third with 5 factors), Rhea Gardener (sixth with 4 factors)

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