Registration for the highly anticipated St Jago Chess Open on July 7 and 8 closes next Monday, June 25.
Players are being encouraged to register early. FIDE-ranked Devlin Sinclair, who now resides in the United States, has already registered and will be flying in to compete in The Ravensworth Elite Unit of the second renewal of the Open.
NM Sinclair will certainly add to the quality of this section of the tournament as he marches in with a Fide Rating 2200. NM Sinclair is among Jamaica's top five active players.
The Ravensworth Elite Unit is open to players with a FIDE rating of 1900 and over. As of July 21, active Jamaicans qualify for entry in the Ravensworth Elite Unit. Included in this elite field are two female players, Deborah Richards-Porter, and Zhu Hui, who are both expected to play. These two are also vying for coveted Olympiad spots.
Supporting sponsors on board this year include NCB Insurance, The Gleaner Company, JMMB, Western Union, CariMed, Go-Global Couriers, DaCosta Construction, Oxford University Press, Sunshine Snacks, Computers and More, Island Grill, Magnificent Chess Foundation, Royale Chess Academy, WE Chess, and Chess Enterprise.
The 2012 edition of this tournament includes a new Primary and Preparatory Unit which will be completed on July 7 in six rounds. More than 200 children are expected to participate.
Interest in the St Jago Chess Open tournament is very high as it will be the final tournament before Jamaica's best journey off to Istanbul, Turkey, to play in the Chess Olympiad this summer.
Still, with its unique team and individual play format from last year, the 2012 renewal of the St Jago Chess Open will be held at St Jago High School grounds in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on July 7 and 8.
The five sections featured in the tournament are:
❑ The St Jago Primary and
❑ The Ravensworth Elite Unit
❑ The St Jago Open Unit
❑ The St Jago Intermediate Unit
❑ The St Jago Amateur Unit.