A brief history Sir Austin Sealy (former president of the Amateur Athletic Asociation of Barbados) inaugurated the CARIFTA Games in 1972 as an annual junior track and field championship meet. Following Athletics, the CARIFTA Aquatics Championships are held since 1985 annually in a similar format. Chessplayers had to wait until 2012 for the introduction of the noble game in the CARIFTA Championships as an official FIDE event. Trinidad & Tobago had the honour of hosting the first CARIFTA Junior Chess Championships, which they won. CARIFTA country prize winners The following countries were declared overall winners of the previous editions of the CARIFTA Junior Chess Championships.
In 2012 Trinidad & Tobago won in St. Augustine, Trinidad.
In 2013 Jamaica won in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 2014 Trinidad & Tobago won for the second time in Le Lamentin, Martinique.
In 2015 Barbados won in Christ Church Parish, Barbados.
In 2016 Barbados won again in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI.
In 2017 Jamaica won for the second time in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 2018 Surinam won in Paramaribo, Suriname.
Who wilI be the 2019 winner in Willemstad, Curaçao?