Davidson Gabriel and Rose Berline Seine are the new champions of Haiti.
At the very end of 2023, the Haitian Chess Federation organized its National Chess Championship in the open and women's sections. Two round-robin tournaments took place from December 22-29 at Quisqueya University, bringing together 24 of the best national players.
Davidson Gabriel had an excellent start in the open event with four victories and taking the lead, but in Round 5, he lost to one of his main rivals and the rating favourite FM Angelo Etienne and then drew his next game. Unfazed, Davidson finished strong, winning five straight games and clinched the title with an excellent score of 9.5/11.
Angelo Etienne could not keep up with Davidson, and after losing to Wyclef Victor allowed his opponent to leapfrog him at the finish and take silver with 8.5/11. Angelo had to settle for bronze netting 8/11.
Final standings Open
The women's event became a close race between Rose Berline Seine, Merisena Cadeau and Davena Jonet. Heading into the final round, Davena was a half-point ahead of her main competitors, but she lost to Sara Daphka Mathieu. Meanwhile, Rose Berline and Merisena won their games and tied for first place, scoring an impressive 9.5/11.
The title went to Rose Berline as the winner of their direct encounter. Merisena Cadeau took silver, and Davena Jonet won bronze.
Final standings Women