Reaching out to communities in The Bahamas, the Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) is offering free online classes in chess for teachers, administrators and staff members of various schools. The classes also extend to community center workers, suspension center workers and Family Islanders interested in starting a chess club.
Anyone who fits any of the categories is asked to fill out a form and send it to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. The form can be downloaded from the federation’s website – bahamaschess.org.
“While the goal is to train club facilitators on all of the Family Islands to help them start chess clubs, we believe that everyone can gain from the benefits of this amazing sport, even if they will not be starting a club in the near future,” as stated on a BCF press release online. “Feel free to sign up, but for the first group, we are prioritizing educators and those who work with the youth.”
The release stated that the BCF will continue to support the growth of clubs, those who successfully complete training and wish to start a club in their area or school, and those who may request assistance from the federation.
“This training is available for newcomers to chess and those who know how to play chess and just want to improve. Space will be limited, so please register early,” the release stated.
The two-player board game has grown significantly in The Bahamas, with scores of Bahamians engaged in regular play, looking to qualify for junior and senior national and international tournaments. The BCF is the governing body of the sport in The Bahamas.
A number of Bahamians have progressed to the point where they represented the country at the highest level of the sport – the Chess Olympiad.
At the 43rd FIDE (International Chess Federation) World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, in 2018, a total of five Bahamians represented the country. They were FIDE master (FM) Cecil “Carver” Moncur, candidate master (CM) Kendrick Knowles, national master (NM) Byron Small, Chapell Whyms and woman candidate master (WCM) Polina Karelina, who was the first Bahamian female to represent the country in chess at a Chess Olympiad.