HC seeking chess title

Defending divisional champions, Harrison College will be playing with a special incentive when the Massy United Insurance Secondary Schools Chess Championship climaxes next month.

Kolij, the Under-15 and Under-20 champions will be saying goodbye to FIDE Master Yu Tien Poon from the ranks of secondary schools chess and are aiming to give him a winning send-off.

Poon, who started with The Lodge School, is in his final year of 6th Form at Harrison College and will be the top bill on Board 1 in the Under 20 Division.

Yu Tien Poon (l) in action.

This makes this year’s edition of the Massy United Insurance tournament critical to the preparation of the top juniors as they play for honours and bragging rights after Queen’s College captured the overall title in 2016.

At the tournament launch last weekend, Barbados Chess Federation president Allan Herbert also noted that his organisation would be hosting the CAC Under 20 Championships for the first time in June and will be vying for a historic third CARIFTA Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, next month.

Hence, performances at this year’s tournament will be noted for selection.

The contribution of Massy United Insurance continues to be critical to the development of chess in Barbados as trophies for teams and individual prizes in the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 20 Divisions plus for the over-all champions all derived from their sponsorship.

The Massy United Insurance Secondary Schools Championship is a team competition played in three age categories, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 20 and is open to all public and private secondary schools in Barbados.

The competition ends on April 1.

Source: (PR)

2 Responses to HC seeking chess title

  1. Othneal March 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I have noticed that all the participants are alumni of the prestigious educational institutions in Barbados. No doubt the offspring of the elite. I also noted that few of our countrymen feel free to comment (thus far)That saddens me. Those considered worthy make up, probably about 10% or less of the population of the country, perpetuating a status quo that dates back to colonialism.
    Every student in Barbados, regardless of their parents socioeconomic background should be afforded the same opportunities and encouragement. This classist ideology is outdaed, counterproductive and crass.

  2. Rohan March 29, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Not sure you are correct about this Othneal. Chess may have started out elitist in Barbados, but by far the majority of chess players currently are from black working class backgrounds.This includes almost all of the highest rated players nationally. Several primary schools both in urban and rural areas have active chess clubs. Many secondary schools also have chess clubs. Since its inception in the late 70’s, the annual Interschool Competition has been won by various schools including Grantley Adams memorial, St. George Secondary and Lester Vaughan. St Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary and The Lodge School have won the most titles over the years. If you visit the tournaments or check the website Barbadoschess.org or the Facebook page Barbados Chess Federation, you would see that the chess community includes people of all ‘classes’ and social strata.


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