Saturday Chess March 12, 2022. St. Croix Chess Club at Education Connections VI.

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St. Croix Open Chess Tournament

April 1-2, 2023 included three players from St. Thomas as well as players from St. Croix.

First Place- Mighty Funtanilla

Second Place- Frank Jackson

Third Place - Robert Collins

2023 St. Croix Open

Scholastic Chess Championship 

April 22, 2023

Elementary, middle school and high school competed in three divisions in this five round Chess Championship. In the Under 19 Division, the winners were Isaiah Benjamin (1st place), and Nathan Benjamin (2nd place). In the Under 14 Division the winners were Ian Ainger (1st place), William Gentilucci (2nd place),  and Sara Jones (3rd place). Also, honorable mention awards went to Jadora Burke, Stacey Christopher and Taino Esannason. In the Under 10 Division, the winners were Andrew Trotman (1st place), and Joshua Henry (2nd place). Decorative trophies from the Mitchell-Larsen Studio were presented to the students.

Thanks to the VI Lottery for sponsoring this tournament. Special thanks to Ms. Timothy from Ricardo Richards school for attending this event with the students and the parents who were gracious spectators. We also wish to thank USVI Chess Federation members Akelam Romain and Shawn Williams for assisting at this tournament.

          Chess Activities 1993-2023

         US Virgin Islands Chess Federation

President Margaret Murphy

  • Chess Coach in USVI schools since 1993
  • Organized USVI tournaments, National Championships since 1993
  • Coach and chaperoned many trips with students and adults to Puerto Rico since 1993
  • Chess player USVI Women’s World Chess Olympiad, Moscow, Russia 1994
  • President United States Virgin Islands Chess Federation (USVICF) since 1995
  • Chess Player USVI Women’s World Chess Olympiad, Yerevan, Armenia 1996
  • Chess Coach St. Croix USVI Correctional institute inmates, first Chess in Prisons Program 1997-2001
  • Chess Player USVI Women’s World Chess Olympiad, Elista, Russia
  • Committee Member Chess in Schools 1998-2012
  • Instructor of Critical and Creative Thinking – Chess Class, at the high school level 1999
  • Chess Player USVI Woman’s World Chess Olympiad, Istanbul, Turkey 2000
  • Instructor at the College Academy, Arlington, Massachusetts, Summer program for gifted students in grades four through eight 2000 -2002
  • FIDE Instructor since 2005
  • Implementation of chess in the curriculum of elementary schools since 2004
  • Author of Chess Manual for classroom teachers 2005
  • Director of the USVI Chess Federation Academy since 2005
  • Coach/chaperone/Appeals member FIDE World Schools Championship, Greece 2005
  • FIDE Executive Board Member 2006-2010
  • Coach/chaperone FIDE Worlds Schools Championship in Halkidiki, Greece 2007
  • FIDE Arbiter since 2008
  • Caribbean Chess Carnival Trinidad
  • Director of the USVI Chess Federation Summer Chess Camp
  • Member FIDE Ethics Committee 2010-2014
  • Organized the Abdullah Saleem Memorial Tournament 2011
  • Central American and Caribbean FIDE Championship Puerto Rico 2011-Hazel Acosta Gold medal U14-William Van Rensselaer Silver medal U16
  • International Guest Lecturer- 2nd George Koltanowski Memorial Conference on Chess and Education, Dallas, Texas 2011
  • FIDE International Organizer since 2012
  • International Organizer/FIDE Arbiter – USVI International Ratings Development Tournament 2012
  • Organizer of the Judith Gadd Memorial Tournament 2012
  • Delegate/Chaperone FIDE CARIFTA, Jamaica 2013, William Van Rensselaer
  • Member FIDE Verification Commission since 2014 to present
  • Delegate/Chaperone FIDE Pan America U20, Cali, Columbia 2015
  • Appeals Committee Member of the Women’s World Chess Championship, Sochi, Russia 2015
  • FIDE CARIFTA tournament Barbados, 2015
  • FIDE International Organizer FIDE CARIFTA International Tournament, USVI for ages under 20 years old 2016
  • FIDE International Organizer FIDE Pan American Senior and Veterans Chess Championship 2018
  • FIDE CARIFTA Curacao, 2019 David Conhoff, Nayan Bansal
  • FIDE Instructor 7th Grade Chess Class Church of God Holiness Academy 2021
  • FIDE Instructor 8th Grade Chess Class Church of God Holiness Academy 2021
  • FIDE Instructor Educations Connections VI Saturdays 2021
  • IO/FA FIDE Ratings development Tournaments (two) 2021
  • FIDE Instructor 7th Grade Chess Class Church of God Holiness Academy 2022
  • FIDE Instructor 8th Grade Chess Class Church of God Holiness Academy 2022
  • FIDE Instructor Educations Connections VI Saturdays 2022
  • IO/FA FIDE rated USVI Winter Chess Festivals Tournaments (two) 2022
  • IO/Player FIDE rated International Spring Chess Festival 2022
  • IO/Player March Ratings Development Tournament #1March 2023
  • IO/FA March Ratings Development Tournament #2 March 2023
  • IO/Player March Ratings Development Tournament #3 March 2023
  • IO March Ratings Development Tournament #4 March 2023
  • FIDE Instructor Educations Connections VI at Alfredo Andrews school Saturdays 2023
  • FIDE Instructor at Ricardo Richards Elementary School 2023
  • IO  USVI Open Chess Tournament April 2023
  • IO/FA USVI Open Scholastic Chess Championship April 2023

Saturday Chess 2023, Anthony teaching class and Reece Creswell visiting from the states!

       USVI Chess Federation

  Spring Friendship Chess Festival

      April 29 - May 1, 2022

Thank you to our Puerto Rican chess players and arbiter for making this a successful tournament. Everyone had and enjoyable weekend. A special thank you to the FIDE Planning and Development Commission for the generous financial support.

We've been championing chess since 1993 - join us for a little trip down memory lane below:

​   Welcome to the official website of the
  US Virgin Islands Chess Federation

St. Croix Chess Club Tournament; December 18, 2021

The official website of the USVI Chess Federation