Liberia Chess Team Off To Georgia For World Chess Olympiad
A Liberian Chess delegation is on its way to Georgia, the United States to make its first appearance in the World Chess World Cup or the World Chess Olympiad.
The delegation comprises five local chess stars and two officials departed the country Tuesday.
The five Candidate Masters (CM) that will represent Liberia at the Georgia Olympiad are; Jacob Jallah, Tom Sawyer, Barcon Harmon, James Tondo and Thomas Saah.
The Five Local Candidate Masters (CM) won respective qualification slots in July after beaten various opponents in the Georgia Qualifier in Monrovia.
Speaking to The Monrovia Times just before they departed the country Tuesday, Liberia Chess Federation President William Thompson said the morals among the players were high and believes the Liberian team will make history at the Georgian Olympiad which begins this weekend.
He said the team coach, Thomas Kayiah has been doing a fantastic job in preparing the players for the game.
Thompson said though it’s the country and the player’s first appearance at the World stage, Liberians can rest assured that the delegation will return in flying colors.
He praised the government of Liberia through the Youth and Sports Ministry and Liberia Chess Founding President, now Finance Minister, Samuel Tweah for the level of support to the Chess Federation and the team.
Mr. Thompson said, “The support of this trip came from the Govt. of Liberia, especially the President, Dr. George Manneh Weah, Our former President, current Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson and his Deputy Andy Quimie for their massive support to the Chess Federation”.
The Liberia Chess Federation President said Liberia’s participation in this year’s Olympiad has opened a door for the country.
“Our participation has sent a signal out there that Liberia is among the nations that play Chess sport. We believe our participation will attract international partners to our country game” added the Local Chess Boss.
The Liberian Chess players will face several big names Chess Grand Masters at the Olympiad which is due to kick off this weekend.