Dominica Chess Federation, preparing for International Chess Olympiad, congratulates top female player on academic achievement

Dominica’s chess team: Extreme left – Nigel K. Francis. Top row (l-r): Robert Bridet, Larry Thomas. Bottom row (l-r): Lynden Auguiste, Brandon Henry

The Dominica Chess Federation is preparing to travel to India this summer to represent Dominica at the International Chess Olympiad.

The 44th Chess Olympiad, organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs and comprising open and women’s tournaments as well as several events designed to promote the game of chess, will be held in Chennai, India from July 28 to August 10, 2022.

The Dominica team will include five of Dominica’s highest ranking players namely, Nigel Kevin Francis, Robert Bridet, Dr. Lyndon Auguiste, Larry Thomas, Brandon Henry, and Daniel Scotland. The team will be accompanied by a FIDE Master from India.

Teams will compete in an eleven-round Swiss tournament.

The Dominica team is looking to make the country proud and looks forward to the support from its home soil on this first-of-a-kind journey.

Shawnalee Gordon

Meanwhile, the Dominica Chess Federation (DCF) has congratulated its top female player, Shawnalee Gordon, on being named valedictorian of the Dominica State College Class of 2022.

Gordan is a triple Major with first-class honors. She also went home with the Program Awards in Business Administration and Mathematics.

“The Dominica Chess Federation takes this opportunity to encourage other female members of our society to take on the sport of chess, as our women in society continue to make strides and succeed to the highest degree,” PRO of the DCF, Hassan Robinson stated. 

He said five top Dominican chess players who will be heading to Chennai India to compete in the 44th Olympiad, will be “opening new doors for the sport of chess and for youth in the country, no matter their age or sex.”

Robinson said he sees a positive future for Gordon.

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5 Comments

  1. Just teaching you
    July 21, 2022

    Pipo I just going to answer your one question: Who paying for this trip?
    The International Chess Federation (FIDE) is the one who pays for this five-man trip and accommodation.

    • Pipo
      July 21, 2022

      Thank you. It is unusual to get a straight reply in Dominica.

  2. Iamanidiot
    July 20, 2022

    Oh that’s good,Good to see we getting involved in those type of activities.
    I know Larry Thomas cant lose

  3. Asaka
    July 20, 2022

    Congrats to you all!!!! Excellent indeed.

  4. Pipo
    July 20, 2022

    Very interesting. It shows that Dominica does have cerebral talent. One question:
    Who is paying for this trip because it can not be cheap for a five-man team to travel all the way to India. It’s not Bitcoin, is it, which features so prominently on the federation’s promo page. And why is Shawnalee not included (unless it’s a boys only affair?). Anyway, good luck fellows. Time our country gets some positive exposure for a change.

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