The three candidates for the presidency of the world chess organization, known by its French acronym, FIDE, clockwise from left: Georgios Makropoulos (Greece), Arkady Dvorkovich (Russia) and Nigel Short (England). Current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has withdrawn from the election which takes place this September at the FIDE Congress in Batumi, Georgia. FIDE’s national federations number well over 150, second only to FIFA. (Photo: Chessbase)

National chess players Anthony Drayton and Loris Nathoo each won games against higher-ranked FIDE chess players at the strong Jamaican Open Tournament in Kingston, Jamaica, recently.

Drayton defeated Fide Master Elliot Warren (2241), Jamaica’s highest ranked active chess player, while Nathoo overcame Lorne Malaku (2153). Both Guyanese players are Elo rated less than 2000.

The tournament attracted competitors from Suriname, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and other English-speaking territories.

Anthony Drayton (left), faced respec-table Caribbean opp-osition at the 2018 Jamaican Open Chess Tourna-ment which was conducted in Kingston, Jamaica, two weeks ago. Drayton was accompanied to Jamaica by national player Loris Nathoo (at right), who also had some notable successes against the Caribbean contingent.

Guyana intends to dispatch a team for the mammoth Chess Olympiad in September, in Batumi, Georgia. Approximately 170 nations are earmarked to participate in the supreme team tournament and gives Guyana an opportunity to fight for chess titles and increase its Elo ratings.

During the Olympiad in Georgia, a new president of FIDE would he elected at this year’s FIDE Congress which takes place every four years. Current President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has withdrawn from the contest.

The three contenders are Georgios Makropoulos, Arkady Dvorkovich and Nigel Short. Ilyumzhinov was the president of FIDE for a total of 23 years.


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