2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship

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Noah Albury

The venue is ready, the chessboards are set and the players vying for the title of the top chess player in The Bahamas have been paired indicating that the kickoff for the 2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship is near. The 2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship will return on Friday 13 January as an elite over the board national championship event featuring the strongest chess players in The Bahamas.

The tournament will take place over two full weekends. This year the tournament will be held at the J. Whitney Pinder Building (Collins Ave.), Round 1 will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday 13 January. The slate of players for the 2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship are CM Kendrick Knowles, Shawn Barker, NM Valentine Cox, Noah Albury, Curtis Pride Jr., Dr. Kenville Lockhart, Avian Pride, CM Byron Small, FM Cecil Moncur and Trevor Bridgewater.

“This tournament marks the return of the National Championship since the start of Covid”, stated Elton Joseph, Treasurer, The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF). He continued: “Five (5) time National Champion, Candidate Master (CM) Kendrick Knowles is set to defend his title. This year he is up against many aspiring young talents in the country, junior players. It will be an exciting year for chess in The Bahamas as the Nationals starts off a great year for the BCF. We would also like to thank Colina for sponsoring the prestigious 2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship.”

The 2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship is a FIDE rated tournament; set up as a 10 round Swiss format with Game in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. Chief Arbiter for the 2023 Championship will be International Arbiter (IA), Andre White. Mr. White will be assisted by Deputy Chief Arbiter, Angel Pride.

2023 Bahamas Chess National Championship Schedule
Round 1 – Friday 13 January (Start Time: 6:30 p.m.)
Round 2 – Saturday 14 January (Start Time: 9:00 a.m.)
Round 3 – Saturday 14 January (Start Time: 2:00 p.m.)
Round 4 – Sunday 15 January (Start Time: 9:00 a.m.)
Round 5 – Sunday 15 January (Start Time: 2:00 p.m.)
Round 6 – Friday 20 January (Start Time: 6:30 p.m.)
Round 7 – Saturday 21 January (Start Time: 9:00 a.m.)

Round 8 – Saturday 21 January (Start Time: 2:00 p.m.)
Round 9 – Sunday 22 January (Start Time: 9:00 a.m.)
Round 10 – Sunday 22 January (Start Time: 2:00 p.m.)

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