Ian Wilkson, former president of the Jamaica Chess Federation, believes the Caribbean stands to benefit from his appointment as Honorary Vice President of the World Chess Federation.
Arkady Dvorkovich appointed Wilkinson last Thursday, a day after the Russian was elected the new president of FIDE. Wilkinson now sits on the Presidential Board with executive officers and presidents of various continental associations.
“Being appointed is obviously a signal honour, chiefly for Jamaica and the region. On a personal level, it vindicates the hard work over the years and I would like to thank the executive members of the council and the wider membership of the Jamaica Chess Federation for the support over years,” Wilkinson told SportsMax.TV shortly after his appointment.
He also expressed gratitude to Dvorkovich for having faith in him and giving him the opportunity to serve the sport at the highest level.
“This appointment will allow me to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème of the chess world as far administration is concerned and gives us Jamaicans and other persons in the region the opportunity to improve not just administratively but also to network and playing strength.
“The future is very promising and we look forward to great things.”
By: Leighton Levy