March 3-10, 2024


Swiss Team Tournament
4 players per team
(2 males, 2 females)

Time Control

90min +30s




Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel



The Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) is proud to present the CARICOM International Chess Tournament, a prestigious event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This tournament will bring chess players from across CARICOM member states and associate nations, fostering cultural exchange, sportsmanship, and intellectual excellence.


  • Celebrate CARICOM's 50th Anniversary
    The tournament will be a cornerstone event in the year-long celebration, showcasing the unity and talent within the CARICOM region.

  • Promote Chess
    Attract new players and raise the profile of chess in the Caribbean, fostering intellectual development and strategic thinking.

  • Cultural Exchange
    Offer a platform for interaction and understanding among diverse communities, building lasting friendships and promoting regional cooperation.


  • Eligibility: Open to FIDE Member Chess Federations from all CARICOM member states and associate nations.
  • Accommodation: Provided at the exquisite Ramada Princess Hotel for all registered teams, coaches and delegates.



Welcome to Guyana

See an undisturbed eco-tourist paradise flourishing with flora and fauna, indigenous and diverse cuisine, cascading waterfalls, and interior holiday lodges awaiting curious visitors to the only English-speaking enclave in South America. Our unique home is wrapped in hinterland adventure and hospitality for you, complemented by our ethnic diversity.

Experience the thrill and warmth of our tropical setting while tapping into the authentic, world-famous, and award-winning Guyanese additions - produce from the oaken barrels to the watery nature trips, making a perfect match for friends, family, and leisure.

Our vast terrain and multi-natured activities present an invitation for sightseeing and inexhaustible expeditions from fishing to nature walks in a largely unpolluted environment. The multiple sandy freshwater creeks offer the perfect environment and a memorable experience with a difference, even for the traditional beach-goer.

Travel to the "magnificent province", one of the last remaining green frontiers on the planet that offers an embrace of nature and more. The relaxation under the golden sun with cool options provided by the lush rainforest, and ethnic culinary surprises for the taste buds are an attractive combination.

In one word: enjoyment.

General Conditions

The CARICOM 50th Anniversary Classic Team Tournament, 2024 will be held in accordance with FIDE Laws of Chess and the regulations for regional events of the CCA.


Each Federation is required to select and provide one team comprising two female and two male players who are residents of CARICOM or Associate Member States and are Junior or Senior players. If a team has insufficient participants or lacks gender balance, the organizers will review the challenges presented by the respective territory as soon as possible and communicate its decision before the tournament.

All participants must be registered by their respective federation. Each national chess federation may register four players, along with a coach or delegate to represent their respective territory. Guyana, as the host nation, will field two teams. Federations may also choose to register optional reserve players who will only be allowed to play in cases of emergency.

By registering for the tournament, the federation and the participants, as well as their representatives, confirm they have read and accepted all regulations, terms, and conditions of the tournament.


  1. Anguilla
  2. Antigua & Barbuda
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belize
  6. Bermuda
  7. British Virgin Islands
  8. Cayman Islands
  9. Dominica
  10. Grenada
  1. Guyana
  2. Haiti
  3. Jamaica
  4. Montserrat
  5. Saint Lucia
  6. St. Kitts & Nevis
  7. St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  8. Suriname
  9. Trinidad & Tobago
  10. Turks & Caicos Islands

System of Play, Scoring & Tie-Breaks

System of Play,
Scoring and

System of Play:

The Games will be a Swiss System of nine (9) rounds or Round Robin dependent on the number of players and the discretion of the Chief Arbiter.

The rhythm of play will be ninety (90) minutes for all moves, plus an increment of thirty (30) seconds per move from move one (1). The event will be FIDE-rated.


Individual boards would score team points: Win - 1 point, Draw - ½ point, Loss 0 points. These points will be added together to arrive at the total points scored by the team for that match. These totals will be used to determine the result of the match and the allocation of team points.

  • Two (2) points for a match where a team has scored more points than the opposing team
  • One (1) point for a drawn match where both teams have scored equal points.
  • Zero (0) points for a match when a team has scored fewer points than the opposing team.


If the players in Team A won 2 games, lost one game and drew one game, the players would have accumulated 2½ points, with the opposing team's accumulated score being 1½ points. Team A would accrue 2 Match Points, with the opposing team scoring 0 match points.


The final placings will be decided by the points obtained by each player from each team. The team that accumulates the most points will be declared the winner, and hence the territory the team represents, the overall winner of the tournament. In the case of ties, the winners will be decided by the implementation of the following tie-break systems in the order mentioned:

  • Match points
  • Total number of game points scored
  • Direct Encounter
  • Sonneborn-Berger

Pairings and Results:

Before the beginning of the First Round of the event, a list with all the names of participants will be published in the playing hall. The Pairings will be published at least one hour after the last game of each round, at the tournament's Official webpage or and the venue's hall.

Default Time:

The player who has not made a move thirty (30) minutes after the official start of the rounds shall lose his or her game.

Fair Play, Use of Electronics & Attire

Fair-Play and Attire

The Organizers expect the highest standards of behavior and fair play by the participants.

Fair play/Electronic equipment:
Fair Play measures will be applied in accordance with the FIDE Anti-Doping Guidelines. With the exception of play recording equipment, during a game, players are prohibited from having any electronic device at the venue that has not been specifically approved by the arbiter.
Such devices can be stored in a player's bag, as long as the device is completely turned off. This bag must be placed as agreed with the arbiter and the player is prohibited from using it without the arbiter's permission. Companions or spectators are prohibited from using electronic devices at the place of play, except to take photographs when explicitly approved by the arbiter.

Players are requested to maintain a dignified appearance at all times during the tournament. Slippers, shorts, sun glasses, sports caps, ripped jeans, camouflage and revealing attire are not allowed.

Cash Prizes

First Place:
USD $1,500 (One Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars)

Second Place:
USD $1, 000 (One Thousand United States Dollars)

Third Place:
USD $500 (Five Hundred United States Dollars)

Trophies & Medals

First, Second and Third place trophies will be awarded to the top three CARICOM Territories, based on tournament results.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the players of the first three CARICOM teams.