Chess in Schools
Studies have shown that chess can have a profound social and educational impact on children.
BCF is committed to empowering as many kids as possible by providing them with opportunities to learn and play chess. We believe that the best way to achieve this is through partnerships with schools.
Our Chess in Schools program is currently focused on helping schools start and maintain chess clubs and providing two annual scholastic chess competitions: Bahamas Scholastic Team Chess Championship and the Bahamas Scholastic Individual Chess Championship. These initiatives help encourage and equip students to embrace and develop their chess skills and strategy.
Click on the links below to learn more about each Initiative:
Support for Chess Clubs
Bahamas Scholastic Team Chess Championship
Bahamas Scholastic Individual Chess Championship
SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUBS (Active)
The Q.C. chess club is the main body of chess within Queen's College. It is responsible for promoting and organizing the play of chess throughout the school. It is also responsible for staying up to date and informing others of the most recent chess news concerning the federation and the country. The club operates in the high school but welcomes all students to learn and practice the game of chess. Queen's College's chess club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunch break in the high school library. Sessions are also held Monday-Thursday afterschool.
Saint Anne's School
The St. Anne's Chess Club is vibrant and consistently growing. It has garnered the attention of teacher's students, and parents alike. It comprises of students from primary school to high school. Many of the students are beginners who are learning the game, some are seeking to improve their chess skills, and some simply want to unwind after a long week. The club meets every Friday after school, but according to Head Coach Nelissa Thomas, everyday is a chess day at St. Anne's!
C. I. Gibson Secondary School
Led by Coach Dr. Paul Thomas, the C. I. Gibson Chess Club is having a significant positive impact within the School. The club's purpose is to teach students how to play chess and to practice chess in order to develop skills for recreational and competitive success. However, the club's motto "Action have consequences, Think", clearly express the club's main focus. Playing chess is use to help students recognize that their ability to think, make calculated choices, and strategic moves, empower them to win in life.
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