Clarendon Chess Open this weekend

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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The Clarendon Chess Association, in association with the Jamaica Chess Federation (JCF), will stage the eighth annual Clarendon Chess Open at Glenmuir High School in May Pen, Clarendon this weekend.

The event will comprise two tournaments, the Clarendon Chess Gala, which will be rated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Clarendon Intermediates tournament for players with a JCF rating under 1600 or who have not yet attained a rating from the JCF.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top players from each tournament, while medals and trophies will be awarded to the top three players in a number of age groups and special categories.

The main event, the Clarendon Chess Gala, will this year be submitted to the FIDE, the world governing body for chess to be rated. This means players will either be able to get an international rating or accumulate points towards getting an international rating, without having to go overseas to play.

The Clarendon Chess Open is also an invaluable source of tournament experience for players from Clarendon and surrounding parishes, who are unable to travel on a regular basis to the Corporate Area, where most of the tournaments on the Jamaica Chess Federation calendar take place. The event is also used as a warm-up event by a number of schools participating in the National Schools Chess Championships, which runs from November to February.

National Master Russel Porter is the defending champion for the Gala event, while Glenmuir’s Noel Brown is the defending champion for the Intermediates Tournament.


Clarendon Chess Open this weekend