THE 45th Annual Bahamas Junior Chess Championship took place at Centreville Medical Centre earlier this month.
Over the course of two days, children as young as six years old paired up at boards, fists on cheeks, contemplating next moves and vying to become the top chess champion in The Bahamas.
The event was a great success, as more than 27 children participated.
Top seed WCM Polina Karelina emerged as the overall winner of the 2019 Bahamas Junior Chess Championship.
The Bahamas Junior Chess Championship was organised by the Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF).
Participants played five rounds of two-hour games over a period of two days.
Winners were declared in seven prize categories, 3 main categories (Under 12, Under 16 and Under 20) and four sub-categories.
Active chess followers are well aware of the benefits of chess in education.
“These benefits include patience, critical thinking, good sportsmanship and a myriad of educational advantages”, said Elton Joseph, president of the Bahamas Chess Federation.
“Chess has the ability to reach many people and communities at a minimal cost. While chess cannot fix all societal problems, it provides educational benefits and helps young people to develop diligent mindsets that they can apply to all facets of their lives.”
The 2019 Bahamas Junior Chess Championship was made possible due in part to The Mednet Group of Companies, which has been involved in the tournament and the sponsorship of other BCF activities for several years.
A number of volunteers also offered their time and efforts to make the event possible.
Mr Joseph expressed his sincere gratitude to The Mednet Group of Companies, BCF volunteers, parents and participants. “I was happy with the turnout, the conduct and the games of the participants. It was a long tournament for the children and the parents, but it was a valuable experience for them. The more these children compete, win, lose and even cry, they will gain important knowledge and experience and improve in strength.”
The next tournament on the Bahamas Chess Federation’s calendar is scheduled for April 13-14.
THE OFFICIAL RESULTS
2019 Bahamas Junior Chess Championship
WCM Polina Karelina
1st Cameron Martin
Tied for Second
1st Max White
2nd Sereno Ambrose
3rd Allanjohn Benavides
U-12 Main Category
1st Avian Pride – U-12
Male Champion 2019
2nd - Tadan Ferguson
3rd - Deon Pinder
U-14 Main Category
1st - CM Nathan Smith
2nd - Noah Albury
3rd - Davonaye Edmond
Under 16 Main Category
1st - CM Nathan Smith –
U-16 Male Champion
2nd - Trinity Pinder -
U-16 Female Champion
3rd - Noah Albury
Under 18 Main Category
1st - Polina Karelina
2nd Malik Sands
3rd Aaron Ramtulla
U-20 Main Category
1st - Polina Karelina
– Under 20 Female
2nd - Joseph Marfeeyou – U-20 Male Champion 2019
3rd - Malik Sands