The newly inducted President of the Liberia Chess Federation Thomas Karyah, has cautioned his co-workers to be more effective in the development of the sports.
According to Karyah, it’s time for the LCF to concentrate more on the board and forget about personal interests to ensure chess development.
Delivering his first speech as president of the Liberia Chess Federation over the weekend at the Invincible Sports Park in Monrovia, he said chess should be put at the center of the board.
“We all need to work together, in elections we take sides but today we need to open our hands, work together to develop Liberian chess,” Thomas said.
He assured stakeholders of his readiness to take all the positive criticism in the interest of developing chess so that Liberia can be counted among the chess nations that are competing for grandmasters.
The new LCF president pledged his full commitment to work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to move chess from where it was under the administration of William Telebo Thompson.
“To you my fellow members, we have decided to come here to work in the interest of developing Liberian chess and we assured our voters and chess family that we are going to be transparent as much as possible .”
“If any one of us came to the leadership to make money you need to change your thinking now,” Karyah said in a very strong tone.
The former coach of the Liberia Chess Federation national team said under his leadership, that every club will work hard to develop the sports in their respective communities.
Karyah disclosed that in the next four years he would work with the sports ministry to drive every sector of chess beginning with women’s chess and the chess in-school program, which has been active over the past four years.
He replaces Williams T. Thompson, who led the LCF over the past four years. Stakeholders of Liberian chess elected him on Sunday, April 3, 2022, on the white ballot at the Thomas Fallah University following the withdrawal of some top officials of the federation two days before what was expected to be a crucial poll.