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Davy making big moves in chess

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Damion Davy

Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer

Ian Wilkinson, president of the Jamaica Chess Federation, is confident 23-year-old Damion Davy can climb to the top of the chess world in the next few years.

"Damon's determination to do well and work hard, along with his absence of fear for higher rated and celebrated opponents like Grandmasters is tremendous," noted Wilkinson.

He stressed that Davy's never-say-die approach is just what Jamaica's chess needs.

"He's arguably our top active player and I rate him highly. With dedication and hard work he can be one of Jamaica's greatest ever," Wilkinson underlined.

In terms of taking on the chess world, Davy remains bold.

"Once I keep training I can beat the best in the world. If I go into chess 100 per cent I would be in the top 100 in less than four years," he told The Gleaner, adding that he would possibly beat most players from the Caribbean and worldwide.

Davy believes he is already of world class pedigree.

most challenging game

"My most challenging game was round nine of the Olympiad (chess). I had to win to earn my FIDE Masters title," he underscored. "It was even more challenging because I had to do the most complicated checkmate called the knight and bishop. I felt accomplished doing it and winning."

He explained that even past Grandmasters failed to use the (knight and bishop) technique successfully.

Davy outclassed most challenges at the recently concluded Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, with five wins and two draws in 10 games. Despite suffering three losses, Davy's stock rose, given an impressive 6/10 rating there.

"I have more than six years experience at the Master's level. I'm definitely among Jamaica's best," he stated.

His style of play could be described as balanced and well coordinated, but unpredictable.

"As a younger player I was attacking. Now I believe I am more of a universal player. This change in style has made me stronger," he explained.

Currently a 2014 Olympiad-FIDE Master and Candidate Master from Turkey, 2012, Davy notes that Team Jamaica will be a chess force to reckon with in the next few years.