On August 22nd through August 24th, the St. Lucia Chess Federation hosted an International FIDE Arbiter's Seminar at the Sandals Cap Estate Golf and Country Club. The seminar, attended by 15 people from St. Lucia, Guyana, and Trinidad, was an extensive overview of the Laws of Chess. Lucians who passed the concluding exam are now able to run official Chess tournaments for their country. The seminar was led by a Canadian International Arbiter who has arbitrated at the last 4 Chess Olympiads.
The following week, St. Lucia hosted its first ever International Chess Tournament at the St. Lucia Olympic Centre. Twenty-four people, representing St. Lucia, Guyana, Barbados, and Trinidad competed in the tournament. St. Lucia's own, Reginald Martyr, captured first prize and took home US$500.