Chess clocks donated for local players
February 18, 2007
A local chess player, passionate about, and dedicated to popularizing the ancient game in Guyana, has imported and donated ten analogue chess clocks towards the development of the sport.
This modest benefactor of chess, a former esteemed member of a Guyana Chess Federation we love to remember, considers a mention of his name unnecessary for what he perceives as "a Lilliputian gesture." He has big dreams of contributing to a new dynamism in chess, and is optimistic that over time, chess players themselves can acquire at least one hundred clocks so that the game can be taken to the outlying regions in a professional and adequate manner.
The clocks would guarantee precise timing for tournament games, and represent a first step towards having our players rated, and thereafter, internationally ranked.
The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), the governing body of world chess, ranks players according to their performances in international tournaments. To participate in international tournaments, however, one has to first master the use of the chess clock, since such tournaments are conducted always with clocks. The clocks would accommodate twenty chess players at a time participating in a tournament, and would allow for tournaments to be completed in one day.