Jamaica scores first win at World Senior Chess Championships
World Chess Federation (FIDE) candidate master, Robert Wheeler, six-time Jamaica chess champion and reigning Jamaica seniors champion, produced a positional gem with the white pieces to defeat Finland's Raine Heikkila in second round action of the 65 year-old and over section of the 25th World Senior Chess Championships in Acqui Terme, Italy.
This was Jamaica's first win at the event.
Wheeler shrugged off the effects of his marathon 95-move draw against Italy's Luigi Catalano in Wednesday's first round to outclass his opponent, setting up an interesting encounter in the third round against Brazil-based Dutch International Master, Herman Van Riemsdijk, who, curiously, visited Jamaica and gave a simultaneous exhibition 40 years ago.
In the 50-year-old and over section, Jamaica Chess Federation president and reigning Jamaica veterans champion, Ian Wilkinson, recovered from his first, round loss to Monaco's Karl Johann Ribbegren to register a hard-fought 40-move draw with the black pieces against his much higher rated Italian opponent, Marcello Astengo.
In the third round, he will have the white pieces against Sweden's Peter Korning.