Barbados hosts Maurice Ashley!

GM Maurice Ashley, first African American to earn an International Grandmaster Chess title, visited Barbados during February 2008. On 19th February, 2008 at 7 PM he delivered an inspiring oration at LV Harcourt Lewis Training Centre, Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd., Belmont Road, St. Michael.

** Be Inspired! The Road to the “Grandmastership”! **

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On 20th February, 2008, at 1:00 PM, GM Ashley played simultaneous Exhibition at the Lodge School against 27 students from the secondary schools which participate regularly at the United Insurance Inter-School Chess Championships. This match signaled the start of the 2008 United Inter-School tournament. The Occasion was graced by the Honourable Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Family, Youth Affairs, Sports, Barbados, Mr. Erskine King, Director Sports Council and Mr Andy Toppin, Director United Insurance.

Source: Barbados Chess Federation

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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