CONTINENTAL PRESIDENT of FIDE (World Chess Association) America, Jorge Vega, together with representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) paid a courtesy call on Minister of Sport, Brent Sancho, at his Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, office on May 6.
Matters discussed at this meeting were the development and implementation of an Inter-School Chess Programme in Primary and Secondary Schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago. President of the TTCA, David Martin, indicated that this initiative would be a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education, and the TTCA.
The programme is targeted at this group since statistics show that TT has the youngest FIDE rating in the Caribbean.
Sancho welcomed the idea, adding that sports ought to be an integral part of the schools’ curriculum.
He further explained that while there is Physical Education in schools; it should not be limited to outfield sports but should also include board sports such as chess.
The Continental president assured Sancho that FIDE would give its support to develop and sustain chess in TT.
The Minister then extended an invitation to Vega to return during the hosting of the CAC Chess Tournament, carded to be held in TT later this year.