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Teams End Olympiad On Positive Note
Claire Clarke, Contributor
Volume 1. No. 41
The Jamaican teams ended on a positive note in the 11th and final round of the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul Turkey on Monday.
In their final game, the Jamaican women continued their resurgence after earlier disappointments when they beat Malta 3.5 to 0.5. This result came on the heels of two back-to-back positive 4-0 results by the Jamaican women in rounds 10 and 9.
The men ended their Olympiad tour with a drawn result against Syria.
A look at the big picture shows a fall in the ranking of the Jamaican women who had won a gold medal at the Olympiad in Russia in 2010. The team entered the Turkey Olympiad ranked 81 and finished at 97.
Full statistics for the Jamaican women are as follows:
Women's Fide Master Deborah Richards-Porter ended with 5.5 from 10 games. National Women's Champion Krishna Gray gathered 3.5 points from nine games. Women's Candidate Master Hui Zhu ended with two points from seven games. Melisha Smith ended with 3.5 points from six games. WCM Ariel Barrett ended with four points from eight games.
Smith also earned her Candidate Master title at this tournament
From 11 rounds, the Jamaican women played 10 games (having earned a bye in round eight) and executed four victories - 2.5-1.5 against Aruba, 4-0 against Afghanistan, 4-0 against Angola and 3.5-0.5 against Malta. They ended with a team score of 18.5 points from a maximum 44 points. Russia, who ended atop the women's section, had a total of 33 points from their 11 rounds. Russia dethroned China, who placed second, and third place was held by Ukraine, who moved up from fourth place.
Full statistics for the Jamaican Open team are as follows: Fide Master Warren Elliott ended with 4.5 points from 10 games and only three losses. International Master Jomo Pitterson ended with 4.5 points from nine games with three losses. Candidate Master Duane Rowe ended with 5.5 points from nine games. Damion Davy, who we last week reported earned his CM title, ended with four points from nine games. Andrew Mellace three points from seven games.
Archives of all the games in the Olympiad can be found at http://www.chessolympiadistanbul.com/livegames/, and robust interactive debate and analysis on the outcome and during the game play is constantly in progress in the ChessMate group on Facebook, with comments from local and international chess enthusiasts.
Harold Chan Open: September 29 and 30 - venue to be announced.
Email feedback, send in your games or upcoming tournaments to firstname.lastname@example.org and join the Facebook page ChessMate. Claire Clarke is a former Women's National Champion, three-time Jamaica Women's team Chess Olympiad representative, trained journalist and editor.