Davy cops fourth National Chess Championship Title
Saturday, March 03, 2018
The 2018 National Chess Championship of Jamaica ended recently at the Christar Villas Hotel, with FIDE Master (FM) Damion Davy capturing the title for the Absolute section.
This was Davy's fourth hold on the title, which he won in 2011, and jointly in 2012 and 2013.
Davy took the lead from round four of the 11-round championship and never looked back, eventually ending undefeated on 8.5 points, two points ahead of his nearest rival Candidate Master (CM) Shreyas Smith, who ended on 6.5 points. Also ending on 6.5 but finishing third and fourth, respectively, on tiebreak were FM Malaku Lorne and National Master (NM) Paul Brooks. NM Stuart James rounded out the top five on six points.
Despite Davy securing the title before the final round, the rest of the field continued to fight hard through to the end, as they sought to secure a place on the national team which will participate at the 43rd Chess Olympiad later this year in Batumi, Georgia.
The 2017 champion, CM Shreyas Smith, couldn't reproduce his performance of last year, after suffering unexpected losses to schoolboys Raheem Glaves and NM Akeem Brown early in the tournament.