The Jamaica Chess Open is set to take place November 17-18 at the Negril Escape Resort and Spa. The event, which is the flagship open tournament of the Jamaica Chess Federation, will be staged outside of Kingston for the first time in over a decade. The ultimate goal is to spread chess, the fastest growing sport in Jamaica, to all fourteen parishes.
The tournament boasts the highest prize fund for any open event this year and will host three sections open to amateurs and players of various ratings. International players will include Americans National Master Devlin Sinclair and Candidate Master Tyrell Harriott who recently dominated his respective sections at several major tournaments, including placing second at the World Open and first place at the Continental and Manhattan Chess Opens. National Champions Damion Davy and Andrew Mellace have also confirmed their participation.
The tournament is sponsored by the Negril Escape Resort and Spa, the Rockhouse Hotel, and the Magnificent Chess Foundation.