BGT victorious at 2019 Scholastic Team Chess Championships
The Bahamas Bain and Grants Town Chess Club (BGT) won the overall prize at The Bahamas Chess Federation’s (BCF) Annual Scholastic Team Championship at Tambearly School on May 18.
They were also awarded first place in the club division. Tambearly School managed to hold onto the title of Strongest Primary School in the country. Queen’s College retained their title as the Strongest High School in the country.
The event, which is a team-based tournament, is the largest chess tournament of the year. The event attracted 80 students comprising of 20 teams from 11 schools throughout New Providence, surpassing the 2018 record of 75 students.
The tournament was divided into five categories: under-8, under-10, under-12, under-14 and under-18.
“The Bahamas Chess Federation is happy that the kids had fun and enjoyed themselves, unfortunately not everyone can win, but as long as students improved and gained experience then it was worth it,” said Elton Joseph, president of BCF. He added: “Hopefully, next year we will be able to invite some Family Island clubs to attend.”
Participants included students from C.R. Walker Senior High School, Queen’s College, Tambearly School, S.C McPherson Junior High School, T.A Thompson Junior High School, Garvin Tynes Primary School, Kingsway Academy, Jubilee Christian Academy, Woodcock Primary School, T.G. Glover Primary School and Summit Academy. The players battled in three to five rounds, depending on the cohort number in their age group, each game lasting 10 minutes each.