At the recent launch of the Championships at the St. Michael School, United’s marketing manager, Sharron Alleyne-Elcock commended the Barbados Chess Federation for its continued efforts to ensure that Barbadians continue to have the opportunity to be exposed to a game which not only entertains, but which has been shown to develop young minds.
“We feel the exposure of our young people to chess, is valuable, well beyond their years at school. Indeed studies have shown that over the years, chess strengthens a young person’s mental clarity and stability. United is therefore pleased to be a part of the Chess Federation’s efforts to expose our country’s youth to chess. In this economic climate, United, like most companies has had to be very cautious with their spend, especially in the area of sponsorship. However, given the personal development chess affords the youth, we feel that it is important to support chess, especially in our schools. “
In thanking United, Rohan Waithe, Barbados Chess Federation’s president noted: “We’re pleased to have United sponsor these Championships again this year. Their support allows the Federation to undertake programmes which allow us to continue to develop chess in Barbados. It’s important to note that the vast majority of chess players, coaches and administrators began their careers in the United-sponsored Interschool Competitions. This year, we’re looking forward to another exciting round of competition!”
To officially declare the championships started, the ceremonial first move was undertaken by Sharron Alleyne-Elcock of United. This was followed by a series of simultaneous exhibition matches which saw FIDE Master, Martin Del Castilhowinning 12 games and drawing 2 against Lodge school players Yu tien Poon andBryan Prescod. Candidate Master Shamel Howell won 10 games and lost one toAlex Guppy of The St Michael School. Akeem Cox of The Barbados Community College played 13 students and won all 13 games.
The United Insurance Inter-school Chess Championships start on Saturday, March 12th and run until the end of May. All matches will take place at the St. Michael School and details on the match schedule may be obtained from United or from Rohan Waithe of the Barbados Chess Federation.
United Insurance has sponsored Chess in Barbados for approximately 28 years. The company also supports Schools Cricket in the OECS, the United Derby and the United Golf Open in Barbados.