Photo: FIDE Master Damion Davy (right) contemplates his next move against National Master Stuart James, during Round 2 action of the2016 International Arbiter FIDE Master John Powell Memorial Chess Open at the PCJ Auditorium. Davy won the event for the fourth time after securing five points from six games.
Kingston, Jamaica — March, 2016: World Chess Federation/Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Master, Damion Davy made it four wins from five outings, when he secured five points from six games to finish atop the standings of the Open Section of the 2016 International Arbiter FIDE Master John Powell Memorial Chess Open, which was held recently at Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Auditorium and Liberty Academy in Kingston.
Davy finished ahead of National Master (NM) Stuart James, who also ended on five points but was relegated to second after tiebreaks were employed. James has been steadily working his way back into form after being away from the sport for a few years.
Four players ended on 4.5 points, but the tiebreak system placed NM Shreyas Smith in third, Terence Lindo was fourth, Donovan Merritt was fifth, and Kevin Merritt placed sixth.
The Intermediate Section was won by Ardenne High’s Dijuan Smith, who ended unbeaten after securing 5.5 points from his 6 games. Second was St. Catherine High’s Raheem Glaves who ended on five points, the same as Rameze Thorpe of Wolmer’s Boys who was relegated to third on tiebreak.
The Amateur Section saw an unprecedented six players finishing atop the standings tied on five points each. When the tiebreak system was employed, they were separated with Joshua Ahjahorie in first place, Daniel Armstrong second, Romaine Walters third, Daniella Rose fourth, Myles Brown fifth and Adrian Wright copped the sixth position.
The tournament, which was sponsored by the PCJ and the Liguanea Chess Club, saw just over 130 chess players participating across three sections: Open, Intermediate and Amateur.