Chess can play a key role in the all-round development of young people in Barbados.
Additionally, success in the sport should also lead to excellence in academics, says National Sports Council (NSC) Acting Director of Sports Neil Murrell.
Addressing participants during the Barbados Chess Federation’s Inter-School awards ceremony at Harrison College last Saturday, Murrell urged the players to use the game as a path to their overall growth.
“I see chess not only as competition but as a journey, not only as a journey in moving pieces around the board and protecting the queen but as a journey in the growth and development of young people and individuals. For success to occur it requires a form of discipline and chess brings discipline to the table,” he said.
“Once you have exceled in chess and do it well, you can also excel in your school life. You will also be able to excel and meet all of the challenges that confront you. Chess is broader than playing the pieces on the table. I want to encourage all of you young people to continue to love your sport.
“Love is the key ingredient to ensuring that you do well in sport. If you love your sport, you will continue to work hard at it, you will continue to seek to be better at it and you will seek to even move higher than the exploits of Kevin Denny who was at one point the NSC Sports Personality of the Year.”
Murrell also highlighted some of the outstanding chess players Barbados has produced and took the opportunity to commend the national men’s team for their 97th placing out of 205 teams at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, last year.
More than 100 prizes were presented during the awards ceremony and pride of place went to Queen’s College and Charles F. Broome Primary.
Queen’s College dethroned 2017 and 2018 champions Harrison College in a tight battle to win the Secondary Schools’ championship for the sixth time, while Charles F. Broome won the Primary Schools’ title with an amazing record-equalling performance in which each of their five players won their six games to finish with a maximum 60 points.
BCF President Allan Herbert, while noting that this year’s Primary School Championship attracted greater participation than in the recent past, urged the students who were transitioning to secondary schools to continue playing the sport. (BCF)
Queen’s College captain Shane Maughn (second left) and deputy principal Dr. Marva Lashley accepting the secondary schools’ champions trophy from NSC Acting Director of Sports Neil Murrell (second right) and BCF President Allan Herbert. (BCF Pictures/Corie Elcock)
Charles F. Broome Primary’s champion team of (from left) Hannah Wilson, Chanon Reifer-Belle, captain Rory Prescod, Yhden Layne, Samara Mayers and Tedra Gibson (reserve) displaying their trophies which were presented by six-time national champion Martyn Del Castilho.
Members of Queen’s College team which won the Inter-School Secondary Schools’ title and deputy principal Dr. Marva Lashley sharing the glory with NSC Acting Director of Sports Neil Murrell (eighth right) and BCF President Allan Herbert (ninth right).