Qiyu Zhou report on Jamaica Chess Festival

The Jamaica International Chess Festival took place Oct. 12-15, 2017.

Organized and hosted by Jamaican-born GM Maurice Ashley, it was a multi-part event which successfully raised the profile of chess in Jamaica. 

Four of the top young players from the US and Canada were invited and gave talks and simuls at schools, played all-comers at 3min blitz, talked with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, competed in a 4-round team rapid match, and more. They're in the photo above, L2R:

    • GM Awonder Liang - 2017 US Jr. Champion. 
    • WGM Qiyu Zhou - 2016 Canadian Womens Champion
    • GM Maurice Ashley - Organizer and Promoter
    • WIM Akshita Gorti - 2017 US Jr. Girls Champion
    • GM Akshat Chandra - 2015 US Jr. Champion 

Qiyu wrote a report, illustrated by photos from her mom Penny, which you can read on ChessBase:

http://en.chessbase.com/post/first-jamaica-international-festival