(SNO) — Chess Grandmaster and Vice President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Nigel Short, recently visit visited Saint Lucia to promote the sport on the island.
Short’s visit corresponded with the creation of the St. Lucia Chess Federation (SLCF), which was recently granted provisional membership in FIDE at the presidential board meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan from March 4 to 6.
He was received at an event held by the National Community Federation (NCF) under the patronage of former Governor General H.E. Dame Pearlette Louisy at the Financial Centre on March 4.
At the reception, Short congratulated the SLCF on its inception and said he looked forward to seeing Saint Lucia field a team at the upcoming 2020 Chess Olympiad scheduled for Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Also at the reception, Executive Director of the NCF Michelle Phillips highlighted the academic and social benefits enjoyed by students participating in the foundation’s scholastic chess programs across Saint Lucia and noted that the newly-founded SLCF will create more opportunities for international competition beyond the school level.
During his visit, Short met with Governor General Emmanuel Neville Cenac and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
Chastanet expressed his support for the new chess projects launching in the country and recognized the positive effect chess has on youth educational and social development.
Short also gave a simultaneous chess exhibition, playing against adults and students from St. Mary’s College, Micoud Secondary, and Richfond Combined.