Davy wins fourth Powell Chess Open title
World Chess Federation/FEdEration Intern-ationale 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 the 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 tiebreakers 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 tiebreaker 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 six 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 tiebreaker.
The Amateur Section saw an unprecedented six players finishing atop the standings tied on five points each. When the tiebreaker 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 copping 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.