Wheeler wins 2016 Roper Memorial chess title


July 29, 2016
Robert Wheeler

World Chess Federation Candidate Master Robert Wheeler won the 2016 Supreme Ventures William Roper Memorial Chess Tournament that ended on Saturday at the Shirley Retreat Hotel after two final, thrilling rounds.

Wheeler, the six-time Jamaica chess champion and defending Jamaica seniors champion, survived a difficult position in round nine against Markland Douglas to salvage a draw. In the decisive final round, Wheeler produced sparkling chess to defeat co-leader Michael Diedrick to end on seven points from a possible 10. Diedrick, who drew with Terence Lindo in round nine, ended on six points.

Ian Wilkinson, the defending Jamaica veterans champion and the only other person in with a chance of winning the event, faltered in round nine with a loss to Eton Chin a but rebounded with a victory over Terence Lindo in the final round. He also ended on six points, but in second place on tie-breaks ahead of Diedrick.

Eton Chin defeated Douglas in the final round to be clear fourth (five and a half points);Terence Lindo was fifth (four points), and Markland Douglas (one and a half points) took home the 'wooden spoon'.

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