The Bahamas Chess Federation’s (BCF) 2020 calendar year kicked off with its Blitz Tournament, which was held over the Majority Day Rule holiday weekend.
On January 12, a total of 35 chess players, including six new players, participated in this fast-paced tournament in six 10-round matches. The BCF Blitz Tournament featured three sections – Open Section, Junior Rook Division and the Bishop Division for beginners.
Blitz-style tournaments require players to think quickly and keep a cool head. The term “blitz” describes chess games with a time control of 10 minutes or less. Blitz competitions are always exciting events where intuition and experience are important factors in securing a win. With games decided in five minutes, the 2020 BCF Blitz Tournament was very exciting and yielded many unexpected results.
“I am happy with the Blitz Tournament turnout, especially the participation of the six new players who recently joined the chess federation family,” said BCF President Elton Joseph. “I would like to thank the sponsor of the Blitz Tournament 2020, the Mednet Group of Companies. The Mednet Group of Companies has been a loyal supporter of the Bahamas Chess Federation and has contributed significantly to the growth of chess in The Bahamas and by extension youth development in our country. I am happy with the pace that the federation is growing and look forward to an exciting 2020 of chess.”
In the open section, Byron Small came out on top, followed by Chapell Whyms and Kendrick Knowles. Aidan Mart prevailed in the Rook Division, followed by Noah Albury and Avian Pride. Austin Roberts finished first in the Bishop Division, and he was followed by Chika Pride and Makayla Horton in third.