New Providence Open 2022
BAHAMAS CHESS FEDERATION KICKS OFF THE YEAR 2022 WITH NEW PROVIDENCE OPEN
This tournament marks the first over the board tournament since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020
8 March 2022 - The 2022 New Providence Open may have looked a little different this year with masks, social distancing and sanitizing but this year’s Open had the same excitement and intensity as past tournaments. The Open, which marked the first over the board tournament held in The Bahamas since the COVID-19 pandemic hit 2 years ago, was a FIDE rated tournament and Olympiad qualifier.
The Open attracted twenty-one (21) participants, fifteen (15) of whom were juniors. The New Providence Open is set up as a 5 round Swiss format, Game in 60 minutes plus 5 seconds per move. The longest game of the 2022 New Providence Open lasted just over two (2) hours.
CM Kendrick Knowles emerged as the winner of the New Providence Open, his win secured him a spot on the 2022 Bahamas World Chess Olympiad Team. CM Knowles joins Shawn Barker and young Chika Pride.
President of the Bahamas Chess Federation, CM Kendrick Knowles, who in a show of support for the resumption of over the board chess play in The Bahamas took part in the Open expressed that he was proud of the young players who participated in the Open. CM Knowles stated: “I am excited and happy about the return of over the board chess. I congratulate all the players who participated, particularly the junior players. The future of chess in The Bahamas, a sport which offers many opportunities for young people, is bright.
The Open was held at QCafé, Queen’s College, Village Rd.