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New Providence Chess Open set for this weekend

The Bahamas Chess Federation’s (BCF) first tournament of the year, the New Providence Chess Open 2019, will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Centreville Medical Centre on Collins Avenue and Sixth Terrace. The two-day event will be played under the Swiss format of standard tournament time control, game in 60 minutes.

For those invited to participate in the Old Fort Bay Invitational, this is expected to be a great preparation event.

For those juniors looking to qualify for the CARIFTA Chess Championships in Curacao, but are unable to compete in the Brenton Hector Smith Individual Scholastic Tournament which is the main qualifier, the New Providence Open will act as a secondary qualifier.

The tournament is a FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated event and is expected to provide tremendous experience for junior and senior players.

The country’s top players are invited to come out, register for the event and bring their ‘A’ games.

Direct encounter will be used as the first tie-breaker, win count as the second and total games as black as the third. If a fourth tie-breaker is needed, officials will refer to the Buchholz system.

Registration will be held on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., and the first round will get underway at 10 a.m. Round two will begin immediately following a lunch break, and round three will follow round two. The fourth round will be held on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. and round five will follow afterwards.

Players are asked to pre-register by sending an e-mail to the address eltonevey@gmail.com, or the address bahamaschessofficial@gmail.com, or by contacting Elton Joseph at telephone number (242) 467-3365.

To participate in the event, membership in the federation must be current and can be paid for at the venue.

The top two finishers will qualify for the 2019 BCF National Championships.

The FIDE Laws of Chess will govern the event, and the default time is 30 minutes after the round has started. If a player defaults two games in the event, he may be withdrawn from the tournament at the arbiter’s discretion.

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