Prestigious Bahamas Chess National Championship takes place at Atlantis

The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) recently hosted the 50th Bahamas Chess National Championship at the Atlantis resort on November 15 and will culminate on November 24. Candidate Master (CM) Kendrick Knowles managed to fend off nine competitors to defend his title as the best chess player in The Bahamas.

The nine-round robin chess tournament took place over two full weekends. It brought together the top chess players in the country to vie for the coveted title of “Bahamas National Chess Champion”. The 2019 lineup of players included CM Kendrick Knowles, FIDE Master (FM) Cecil Moncur, National Master (NM) Valentine Cox, Joseph Ferguson, CM Byron Small, Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) Polina Karelina, CM Nathan Smith, Chappell Whyms, Gurth Smith and Clive Stuart.

Sponsored by Atlantis, the Bahamas National Chess Championship was held in the Arawak Room, Atlantis Beach Towers.

Knowles won the championship with an impressive 8.5 points out of 9. This is the fifth national championship that he has won in the past seven years.

“Winning another national championship feels amazing,” said Knowles.

“The national championship is a great confidence booster that encourages me to test my mental strength outside of the country.”

“This year’s National Chess Championship marks the 50th year of this prominent competition,” said Elton Joseph, president of the Bahamas Chess Federation.

He added: “From the first national champion, Elias Antonas, to today, has been a long journey for the Bahamas Chess Federation. Beginning as a small association in the ‘60s, we have grown to a world class federation. We look forward to another great half century as we grow in strength and numbers.”

Joseph congratulated CM Knowles for winning his fifth national championship.

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