Lorne stars in regional chess tournament
The Jamaican chess fraternity is abuzz with excitement following the exceptional performance of Candidate Master (CM) Malaku Lorne, who scored seven points from his nine games to place joint second (third on tiebreaker) in the 2.3.5 Sub-Zonal Chess Tournament held in Barbados from April 28 to May 2.
Lorne's performance saw him earning the international title of FIDE Master (FM), only the eighth Jamaican to do so; and the right to represent Jamaica in the Zonal Tournament, which will include players from regional chess giants such as Cuba and Colombia.
Lorne got off to a flying start with four straight wins and a draw, which had him tied in the lead with the eventual tournament winner, FM Mark Machin of Puerto Rico, going into Round 6. Lorne faltered in Round 6 against German Salazar of Venezuela, but recovered nicely to secure 2.5 points from his last three games and a share of the second prize.
Jamaica's Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson, in celebrating Lorne's achievement, hailed him as "one of Jamaica's best chess players over the past decade, who brought further glory to Jamaica with a magnificent performance."
The tournament winner, Puerto Rican FM Mark Machin, was the only unbeaten player with a score of eight points from his nine games, inclusive of two draws (one of which was against Lorne) and seven victories. This performance earned Machin the International Master (IM) title.
The Sub-Zonal also featured four other Jamaicans, including: local chess icon and seven-time national chess champion of Jamaica, FM Shane 'the Magician' Matthews, who secured six points to place seventh; FM Warren Elliott, reigning and record eight-time Jamaica national champion, who ended 14th with five points; National Master Daren Wisdom, who placed 16th with 4.5 points, which earned him the FIDE Candidate Master (CM) title; and a clearly below-par FM Damion Davy, three-time Jamaica champion, who placed 24th on tiebreak, also with 4.5 points.