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.
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