Jamaican Joshua Christie wins open online chess competition
Joshua Christie, a master of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), easily won the Open Master National Master (NM) Dr. Harold Chan online chess tournament on October 9, 2021. Christie has won six wins in six matches for a perfect score. Christie also recently played Board One for Jamaica at the FIDE Online Chess Olympics. He continued his exemplary game on October 9, displaying the skills that make him one of Jamaica’s best players.
Christie started playing competitive chess at the age of 11. He became a master of FIDE after four years and participated in many international tournaments, including the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, in 2018. At 15, he was the youngest FM in Jamaica. , and at 16, he was the youngest highest rated player on the island. He was National Junior Champion in 2020 and National Blitz Champion in 2018 and 2020. He won seven National High School Chess Championships from 2015 to 2021 and was named the Best Online Male Player of the World Chess Div. -3 E in 2021. It provides failures. coaching and coaching students for three years with considerable success.
The tournament is named after Dr Harold Chan, Jamaican chess pioneer and five-time senior Jamaican chess champion. Chan was one of Jamaica’s first national masters and one of the founders of the Jamaican Chess Federation (JCF). Chan came from Guyana to Jamaica and pursued studies to become a pathologist. The October 9 tournament was sponsored by the JCF and Nicki Chan, the daughter of Dr Harold Chan. Over 140 competitors from around the world competed in four sections. Competitors included players from Guyana, the Cayman Islands and South Africa.
Raheem Glaves took second place at the Dr. Harold Chan Open Online Chess Competition after playing a highly anticipated Round 4 against Christie. Both players were the seeds and didn’t disappoint, delivering an exciting encounter that resulted in a Queen’s Gambit Declined game. Both played until a winner was declared. Third place in the tournament went to Master Candidate Kevin Merrit.
Other tournament winners included Nathaniel Hope who won the U1600 section. Nathan Hare and Sven Johnson-James took second and third place respectively in the section. Amy Stephenson finished eighth in the section, the best participant in the section.
Geordan Sinclair took first place in the U1300 Absolute sections, Zuberi Edwards took second and Luc Sinton third. Emilia-Rose Leake won the U1300 women’s section, with second place going to Victoria Salazar and third to Niara Mcleod.
JCF was established in 1969 and has been affiliated with the governing body of chess FIDE since 1972. Its mission is to expand the role of chess in Jamaican society.
Photo – JoÃ«l Grant