Training game with Jamaican National Master Mark Holness



I began playing chess at age 5 with my father, it was a great way for us to bond and still is. At around the age of eleven, I was beating my dad, and it wasn't long before I was one of the top juniors and chess players in Jamaica. I competed at the highest levels in my country and though I didn't always win- I learnt valuable lessons about chess and life.

Chess allowed me to develop confidence as it was an area in which I excelled, especially since I wasn't the most athletically gifted child. It taught me how to win and how to lose. It also gifted me great friends. I recommend anyone, especially children learning this wonderful game.


  • Private Chess instructor for over 8 years including significant experience teaching large chess classes and supervising Chess Summer Camps.

  • Expert- level player, maintained rating above 2000 nationally from 2005- 2010, with current CFC Rating of 1904 (click here to see CFC rating page)

  •  2-Time Western Junior Chess Champion (Jamaica) and 2-time runner up medalist

  • Represented Jamaica in the Sagicor Junior Championship in Barbados in 2005  and ranked in the Top 10 of juniors (under -20)

  • 4th place finish in the Wheeler Chess Open which featured some of the top masters in the country