WCM Karelina successfully defends her title as Bahamas junior chess champion
The 45th Annual Bahamas Junior Chess Championships took place on March 16-17 at the Centreville Medical Center.
Over the course of two days, children as young as six 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-seeded Polina Karelina, Woman Candidate Master (WCM), emerged as the overall winner of the 2019 Bahamas Junior Chess Championships.
The Bahamas Junior Chess Championships was organized 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 with three main categories – under-12, under-16 and under-20 – and four sub-categories.
Active chess followers are aware of the benefits of chess in education.
“These benefits include patience, critical thinking, good sportsmanship and a myriad of educational advantages,” explained BCF President Elton Joseph.
He added, “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 Championships was made possible due in part to the Mednet Group of Companies. The Mednet Group of Companies has been involved in the tournament and the sponsorship of other BCF activities for several years. Several volunteers also offered their time and efforts to make the event possible.
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,” he said.
“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 BCF’s calendar is scheduled for April 13 to 14.
Official Results -2019 Bahamas Junior Chess Championship
WCM Polina Karelina
Winner – Cameron Martin
Second place – Kaedan Hackett, Jason Taylor, Chase Martin
Winner – Max White
Second – Sereno Ambrose
Third – Allanjohn Benavides
Under-12 main category
Winner- Avian Pride (Under-12 male champion)
Second – Tadan Ferguson
Third – Deon Pinder
Under-14 main category
Winner – Candidate Master (CM) Nathan Smith
Second – Noah Albury
Third – Davonaye Edmond
Under-16 main category
Winner – CM Nathan Smith (Under-16 male champion 2019)
Second – Trinity Pinder (Under-16 female champion 2019)
Third – Noah Albury
Under-18 main category
Winner – WCM Polina Karelina
Second – Malik Sands
Third – Aaron Ramtulla
Under 20 Main Category
Winner – WCM Polina Karelina (Under-20 female champion)
Second – Joseph Marfeeyou (Under-20 male champion)
Third – Malik Sands