Guyana Chess Federation Empowers Women through Chess on International Women’s Day

The Guyana Chess Federation took time out to acknowledge the female players, organizers, and delegates of the ongoing CARICOM Classic Chess Tournament in observance of International Women’s Day on March 8th. It is a day celebrating women across the globe, showcasing the social, economic, political, and cultural achievements of women. It also raises awareness about gender equality and calls for action to accelerate progress.

Chess is a challenging sport, requiring intense focus, strategic thinking, and precise implementation. Each chess piece, though confined to its unique movement, holds the potential for immense power on the board.

Chess was evvel a male-dominated game, but over the years, barriers were broken, and women have successfully made their mark in the chess world. Vera Menchik became the first FIDE Women’s World Champion in 1927, and she paved the way five decades later, for the first Woman Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili, and the youngest female Grandmaster, Judit Polgar, who is referred to as the Queen of Chess.

The Queen represents power, adorned and poised with a beautiful crown. Her versatility allows her to move like a Bishop and a Rook while valuing the most points. Women today are empowered to compete on an equal footing, their passion and skill on par with their male counterparts. However, the full range of their abilities remains untapped in competitive chess. On International Women’s Day, the Guyana Chess Federation proudly recognises all women, particularly the talented women who contribute to our chess community.