Elliott, Smith top national chess championships
FIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott recovered from a poor start to win back-to-back titles and claim a historic eighth hold on the Digicel Absolute National Chess Championships.
Elliott, who needed at least a draw against National Master Peter Myers to retain the most prestigious local championships title, he stayed on course to win in 27 moves and topped the 11th and final round a point ahead of the field.
Elliott finished on 8.5 points, while second position went to fellow FIDE Master Damion Davy, who ended on 7.5 points. Third was National Master Andrew Mellace with seven points, while the fourth and fifth positions were secured by Candidate Master (CM) Brandon Wilson and CM Malaku Lorne, both with 6.5 points.
Rounding off the championships was Shreyas Smith (5.5), Kevin Merritt (five), Deborah Richards-Porter (4.5), Paul Brooks (four), Peter Myers (four), Daren Wisdom (four) and Ian Wilkinson (2.5).
Meanwhile, WCM Annesha Smith defeated Sheanel Gardner in the final round to finish on 5.5 points and secure her second hold on the Women's Championship, which was played simultaneously with the men's championship.
In second position was WCM Melisha Smith on 4.5 points, with third going to Krishna Gray on four points, followed by WCM Ariel Barrett and Sheanel Gardner, respectively.
The championships were sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chrystar Villas and the Jamaica Olympic Association. It selects the national champion and Jamaica's representatives at the senior level.