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BCF set to compete in ISF World Schools Championships

Over the board (OTB) events in the Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) are still suspended but play goes on as The Bahamas will participate in the International School Sports Federation (ISF) World Schools Championships Online Chess 2020.

The much-anticipated global online event will run from October 3, 2020, on Saturdays and Sundays. The Bahamas recently joined the ISF, and this is the first ISF sanctioned event that The Bahamas is taking part in. Following the FIDE (International Chess Federation) Online Chess Olympiad at the end of July and beginning of August, it is the second international event that The Bahamas is taking part in since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a stoppage of sports worldwide in mid-March.

There will be four separate age categories in the ISF World Schools Championships Online Chess 2020 – for male and female competitors born in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and male and female competitors born in 2006 and 2007. Interested parties can contact the BCF for more details or visit the federation’s website at https://www.bahamaschess.org/onlinecalendar.html.

“We wish all our members currently doing national exams good luck, do the best you can. Unfortunately, OTB events are still suspended, but lichess.org, chess.com [and] chess24.com are still having daily tournaments and are suitable for practice,” said a BCF spokesperson through a press release. “Members who would like training to improve their skill level, online training for adults and kids is still ongoing. Feel free to contact any of our FIDE certified trainers or the BCF for assistance in finding one.”

Interested parties can contact the federation at e-mail address bahamaschessofficial@gmail.com. Further details for the ISF World Schools Championships Online Chess 2020 can be found on https://isf-eras.org/online-chess or at https://www.isfsports.org.

The BCF will post all of its new events on its online calendar page, and the weekly friendly regional events on the website lichess.org.

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