Curtis Pride, Sr. Vice President of The Bahamas Chess Federation, said the passion displayed by this group of players for chess and competition was powerful and encouraging. Organizing these events takes work and scarce resources in our sport, but the joy and appreciation we saw on Saturday made it all worth it. 2023 is about to be a great year of Chess in the Bahamas.
The participants included four of the top players in the country, Dr. Kenville Lockhart, and Junior standouts Trevor Bridgewater, Avian Pride, and Curtis Pride, Jr. It also attracted William Davis and Seth Roberts, who had not competed in a while, along with several beginners.
Fresh from their impressive performance in the 2023 National Championships, Dr. Kenville Lockhart and Avian Pride were tough to beat. Both won 4 out of 5 games and played to a draw against each other. Scoring 4.5 out of 5 points each, 1st and 2nd place had to be decided by tie breaks. Dr. Lockhart received the award for 1st place and Avian 2nd.
William Davis went into round 5 against Avian Pride with a perfect score. If he had won or drawn, he would have won the competition. However, racing against a rapidly ticking clock, Avian won the exciting match after William ran out of time. After this loss, William could only secure 3rd place.
Junior standouts Trevor Bridgewater and Curtis Pride, Jr. also did not disappoint. Trevor won 3 games but lost against Avian Pride and William Davis. Curtis only lost against Dr. Lockhart in round 4. However, he played two draws which caused him to end with just 3 out of five points. His last game with Seth Roberts gave Seth the extra ½ point needed to win the Junior category over Trevor, who ended up in 2nd. Chika Pride, also playing well, finished 3rd in the Junior Category.
3rd grade students Danica Rolle and Roderick Turnquest earned special mention. Both beginners played every match enthusiastically. One of the highlights off the tournament came in round 4 when they played each other. This game was epic! In the end Danica Rolle won the game but both players made it clear that they are future champions.
A big thank you is due to Arbiters Elton Joseph and Angel Pride for doing a fantastic job!
Congratulations to all the players and winners!
1st place: Dr. Kenville Lockhart
2nd place: Avian Pride
3rd place: William Davis
1st place: Seth Roberts
2nd place: Trevor Bridgewater
3rd place: Chika Pride
1st place: Danica Rolle
2nd place: Roderick Turnquest