September 15, 2007

Reviving Chess in Northern Belize

According to Glen Reneau, head coach of Belize’s national chess team, chess has been played in the country for well over a century. Even so, the board game has not gained substantial popularity over the years and probably won’t if there’s no plan to bring it to the spotlight.

Kofi Geban, president of the Belize Association of Chess Players (BACP), rightfully stated in a discussion at the CODICADER games in Guatemala last month that “we must work together as a team to achieve growth”. In the past, it was more of a one man show where one or two volunteers recruited and organized tournaments across the nation. Until recently, a spark of interest was ignited in high school chess clubs across the country thanks to Reneau, who has dedicated the last decade of his life to chess in Belize. While I'm not certain about its legitimacy, rumor has it that efforts are being made to revive the former Belize Chess Federation.

This afternoon, a small group will unite in a meeting to discuss the growth of chess in the Orange Walk district. The audience will consist mostly of members of the Muffles College High School chess club and a few aficionados of the game. We believe that it’s of paramount importance for us to focus on the younger generation of players since they’re expected to keep the light lit in years to follow.

So yes, this is an attempt to get a larger, club-sized body involved. We have no intentions of planning too much ahead. We’ll keep it simple, fun, and active. I must say that the resources seem reasonably favorable this time around. It is believed that there’s a bit more potential in this group than those before it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

8 comments:

Tracee said...

Ahh, Glad to hear you're involved and that Chess is keeping alive.

Gosh I still have to get to learning that game.

Everything has a reason why said...

hmn..i couldnt read the blog!

Tracee said...

y not? did u open it in firefox or IE? sometimes IE does that

Leonardo Melendez said...

No surprise. Expect anything from IE.

Nicole said...

I love chess. I'm not very good at it, but I do enjoy playing. Hit me up on yahoo chess some time :D

Roy Rosado said...

Chess..hmm...i like how the little characters are..more fun..than playing checkers..lol...thats about all i know about chess..and the name of most of the characters. lol. You do your thing bro and handle u candle. i know its a game you really like..so good luck and hope all goes well with that.

Beth said...

You know all my thoughts about chess. Although I am female and presumptions
I am glad that you are dedicating yourself to something though. Yeah for chess! Invite me to a match sometime, I am a good supporter.

Leonardo Melendez said...

Starting a club is even harder than I thought. Requires a lot of stamina and "grownupness".