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Lorne Targets Best Chess In 2017

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Malaku Lorne

Buoyed by his impressive joint second place in the Sub Zonal Chess Tournament last year, National representative, Malaku Lorne is targeting more consistency and improvements to attain his best game, in 2017.

The tournament is part of the World Championships qualification cycle and the Jamaican will line up against competitors at this year's Zonal which is expected to be held in El Salvador in March.

"This year, I am trying to do a lot better and be more consistent, I have represented Jamaica on three occasions now," he explained.

The former Chess Master scored seven points from his nine games to place joint second (third on tie-break), in the 2.3.5 Sub-Zonal Chess Tournament held in Barbados from April 28 to May 2, last year.

Courtesy of that performance, he earned the title International FIDE Master (FM).

"To the best of my knowledge, I am only the second Jamaican to qualify for this stage of the zonal, so I want to do really well at this one," Lorne said.

Lorne has represented Jamaica at three Olympiads so far; 2004, 2014 and 2016, and will be looking to do so again in 2018.

His career spans 24 years, and Lorne considers himself a professional player according to Jamaican standards.

He received the Chess Sportsman of the year award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year ceremony, recently.

"To be honest, I wasn't aiming to win this accolade. I was just aiming to do my best throughout the year, and surprised to win it," he told The Gleaner.

"It will definitely help with marketing. One of my problems was sponsorship, and winning this award will help me get more sponsorship," he said.

Lorne said that preparations are in full swing to lift his game.

"I can get a lot better, based on some performance I have put in I will do a lot better, I just want more consistency," he observed.