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Veteran player shines in London

Published:Friday | June 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Claire Clarke, Contributor

John Tobisch, renown in Jamaican middle-age players chess circles, scored five points to secure third position in the London Diamond Jubilee Chess tournament that ran from June 2-6.

The tournament was one of the events designed to be part of the celebrations in London for the Queen of England's 60th year on the throne. The tournament was hosted by the website and was played at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at London's Gatwick Airport.

There were three sections in the tournament. Tobisch played in the London Diamond Jubilee Challenger section, which was seven rounds played over the four days. Tobisch, who takes pleasure in calling himself a "Germaican", did not lose a game in the tournament. He registered three wins and four draws to compile his third place, earning five points from a field of 44. Only the second-placed player also scored five points.

Tobisch, who, while in Jamaica, had achieved Candidate Master status before migrating, told ChessMate that he is very pleased with his performance in the tournament. He said: "It's a special breakthrough for me, and it really is a crowning achievement in a season where I drew with a GM and IM before the tournament. It's not just the result, but the quality of the games."

Elaborating some more on the content of the games, Tobisch added: "I played a 101-move game where the ending got a lot of attention, and also some great attacking chess."

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Claire Clarke is a former Women's National Champion, three time Jamaica Women's team Chess Olympiad representative, trained journalist and editor.