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Cox leads at national chess championship

The 2023 Bahamas Chess Federation’s (BCF) National Chess Championship is heading for an exciting showdown as competitors try to stop National Master (NM) Valentine Cox from attaining a sweep. NM Cox is in the top position after Round Five, winning all of his games thus far.

Young Avian Pride, the youngest competitor and lowest ranked player in the competition, shocked seasoned player and the highest titled player in The Bahamas FIDE Master (FM) Cecil “Carver” Moncur. Pride pulled off a win against FM Moncur in Round Three.

The championship, which takes place over two full weekends, is being hosted by Colina. It is a FIDE rated tournament; set up as a nine-round Swiss format with ‘Game’ in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. Chief Arbiter for the 2023 BCF National Championship is International Arbiter (IA) Andre White. White is assisted by Deputy Chief Arbiter Angel Pride.

“The first weekend of the 2023 Bahamas National Chess Championship was completed successfully, with a powerful showing from the junior players,” said BCF Treasurer Elton Joseph. “All the participants showed that it was not a mistake that they qualified for the country’s most fierce national battle. It was an exciting first set of rounds with some upsets, but more importantly, a lot of heartbreak. I am proud of all the players – the juniors for their tenacity and the seniors for their experience.”

Round Six of the championship kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The remaining three rounds are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Round Seven is set to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Round Eight is set to get underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and Round Nine is set for 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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