The Barbados chess federation was founded in 1981, but the first chess activities can be traced back to 1898 with the Intercolonial Championship between Barbados, Trinidad and British Guiana. Today Barbados is considered the strongest English speaking Caribbean Federation being the first to have a IM, an IA and the largest number of rated players on FIDE Rating List. It actively takes part in FIDE and Continental events having participated in every Olympiad. Its best result was achieved in Novi Sad 1990. Since 1982 Barbados has held the only International Junior Tournament in the English speaking Caribbean countries: the Barbados Open Junior. Many of the winners later became National Champions (Chr. Ward from England). K. Denny won Central American and Caribbean Championship in 1987.
Today Denny is the National Champion and still the strongest player of the country. Strong players include FM Delisle Warner and FM Dr. F. Corbin and T. Farley.
In 2009 Barbados was ranked 101th among the countries (2169) with 2 IM and a total of 6 titled players.