Nationals advance at Olympiad
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's team to the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, advanced to yesterday's third round, given an outright win by the men over Kuwait, while the women pushed on courtesy of a 2-2 draw with Namibia. The competition runs from August 1 through to the 15.
Team Jamaica's men put in a clinical performance against Kuwait, where they recorded an emphatic 3 1/2- 1/2 win. Those victories were crafted by Damion Davy, Malaku Lorne and Brandon Wilson on boards (one, two and four) respectively.
Local champion Andrew Mellace faced a competitive duel on board three against his Kuwaiti opponent, where he had to eventually settle for a draw.
Darren Wisdom, a member of Jamaican contingent in Norway, told The Gleaner that the mens' team will next play with black pieces on boards one and three.
He added that the competition will get more intense, with the team facing a tough Tajikistan aggregation.
The scores in the women's section included victories by 10-time Jamaica champion Deborah Richards-Porter and Annesha Smith on boards one and four, respectively. But on boards two and three, debutante Rachel Miller and Melisha Smith lost their respective matches.
Despite the 2-2 draw, the women's team advanced and will play with the white pieces on boards one and three against Sudan.
In the meantime, Wisdom believes the women's outfit "just needs time to settle in and improve match by match".
National table tennis player Simon Tomlinson competes during Commonwealth Games action on day two at the Scotstoun Storps Campus in Glasgow, Scotland.