Learning chess opens a world of opportunities

Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian (2802), married woman International Master Arianne Caoili (2309) on September 30, two days after he won the 2017 World Cup. Aronian is a professional chess player while his wife, who holds a PhD in economics, founded and manages a newspaper in Armenia. She has participated in the biennial Chess Olympiad seven times. The bride and groom stand with President of Armenia and the Armenian Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan and his wife Rita Sargsyan. (Photo: Champord.am /Alisa Studios)

Chess is a catalyst for social development in communities that are underserved. We need to give these alternative pathways to the youngsters in our communities so that they know there are other ways to success.” – Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, at the launch of the inaugural Jamaican International Chess Festival earlier this month.

Learning chess, especially for young persons, opens a world of opportunities. Teaching a young person chess represents a most magnificent gift. Chess is equivalent to academic studies. A famous chess player once said that qualifying for grandmaster office is equivalent to obtaining a PhD in a particular field. The assertion is debatable. What I do know, however, is that Guyana and the English-speaking Caribbean have many PhDs to display, but only a single chess grandmaster.

I have always held on to the inimitable Maurice Ashley, the Caribbean’s most famous chess voice whom I interviewed at the World Trade Center during the Kasparov-Anand world title chess match in 1995. Ashley is Jamaican, but qualified, and developed his renowned grandmaster techniques in North America. In my book, he’s a Caribbean man, close to home…..


Chess and education are a match made in heaven

I share the belief that chess is becoming essentially popular among youths in developing nations. 

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There are endless benefits to children learning chess

  “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic.” – Anonymous Each child who learns chess, learns something new.

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World’s chess table tops line up for next year’s Candidates matches

Ever since the 1960s, the Candidates chess matches and subsequently the chess tournaments, have been recognized as definitive and contentious battles.

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Targeting youth moves chess in right direction

The recent Berbice Inter-Schools Chess Championship coincided with the first Jamaican International Chess Festival.

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Chess is getting younger by the day

“I tried to be reasonable; I didn’t like it.” – Clint Eastwood In the game of chess, you cannot be reasonable.

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