Jamaica’s Top Chess Players Excel at Zonal 2.3 2022 Regional Chess Tournament
Two of Jamaica’s top chess players, FIDE Master (FM) Joshua Christie and Woman International Master (WIM) Rachel Miller put in superb performances at the recent Central American and Caribbean Zonal 2.3 2022 tournament, which recently concluded in Saint -Domingue, Dominican Republic.
Christie played in the Absolute section and scored 5.5 of 9 points while finishing 14th in the tie-break out of 65 players. He was aggressive against Grandmasters (GMs) and International Masters (IMs) in this event. One of his impressive wins was against the highly rated IM Santiago Pavas Avila from Colombia.
Miller played in the women’s section and also scored 5.5 of 9 points finishing sixth out of 24 entrants. Miller performed impressively in the event and was tied for first place after the first six rounds. She played several games on Board One and finished with an impressive performance rating.
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“It was very impressive to see FM Christie and WIM Miller being very competitive with the best players in the region,” Jamaica Chess Federation said the president of public relations, Mark Cameron.
“It is absolutely imperative that our Jamaican players play regularly in top level tournaments, to give them the opportunity to showcase their talent and excel.”
The winners of the tournament were both Cubans. GM Carlos Daniel Cabrera Albornoz, seeded number one, won the absolute section with 7.5 points from 9 and WIM Yerisbel Llanes Miranda, seeded number one from the women’s section, also won with 7.5 points from 9.
The top two players ranked in the Absolute section will advance to the next stage of the World Chess Championship cycle and the winner of the women’s section will also advance to the next stage of the World Women’s Chess Championship cycle.