Guyana to host CARIFTA Chess Championship in 2021

ꟷ all activities postponed indefinitely

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact, and has everyone thinking more about their family’s health and well-being. This shift in mindset means the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) will have to adapt to this new norm and seek to sustain cost effective solutions to maintain the interest and to further the development of chess in Guyana.
The GCF executives have begun discussions in this regard, and are seeking virtual solutions to formalise plans going forward. In the coming weeks, they will be launching a number of innovative virtual initiatives for tournaments and training, a draft of which would be available for review by June 15, 2020.
It had been decided to postpone all official GCF events until the health situation normalises; however, it is already June, and the health situation in Guyana has worsened, while there are noticeable improvements in other parts of the world; thus FIDE has announced the postponement of the events cycle of the World Championship, Absolute and Feminine, to the year 2021.
Forecasts in regard to the evolution of the pandemic in Guyana are not encouraging, and the situation has been exacerbated by the current political dynamics. Based on those considerations, all CCA events, both Pan American and regional, including CARIFTA, have accordingly been postponed to 2021.
In the same way, the 2021 calendar passes to 2022, and the allocation given by the last Continental Assembly for the Pan American Youth 2022 to the USCF passes to 2023.
The events marked for the remainder of this year but were already postponed would remain until further analysis of the situation is done on September 30th. It should be noted that Guyana was able to negotiate, and was given, the opportunity by CCA to host the CARIFTA Chess Championship in 2021.