The Scholastic Championship attracted sixty-six (66) strong students from over twelve (12) schools and institutions. Excited students from Queen’s College, St. Augustine’s College, Kingsway Academy, C.I. Gibson School, St. Andrew’s School, St. Anne’s, Aquinas, Lyford Cay, Windsor Academy, New Providence Classical School and other various small schools and homeschools, battled it out in a 5 round competition.
The tournament consisted of three divisions: - Under 12, Under 16 and Under 20 with a new feature of the tournament this year, the addition of a combined school team section. This section was added to allow home school students and students attending schools that do not have sufficient chess players to field a team to come together to form a team.
The QCafe was filled with intense focus as school teams faced off against each other in a bid to be crowned the Scholastic Team Champions and best chess school on the island. As soon as a match was completed, students wasted no time and would huddle in a corner or proceed to the outside waiting area to discuss their moves and strategies in their own chess language. It was clear that chess was the common denominator, as students from different schools and backgrounds came together to share their passion for the game.
Queen’s College seized the win in both the Under 16 and Under 20 categories, winning the Title of the Strongest Chess School on the island of New Providence. All of the players from Queen's College played skillfully and won most of their games. However, three (3) players performance also earned them individual recognition. Kaleah Brown won best Board 2 Player in the U12 category. Johnathan Coakley won best board 4 player in the U16 Category. Elliot Rahming won best Board 4 player in the U20 category.
Overall Results for 2023 Scholastic Chess Team Tournament
Best Team U16
1st Place - Queen’s College Team 1
2nd Place - Kingsway Academy
3rd Place - St Anne's
Best Team U20
1st Place - Queen’s College 1
2nd Place - Queen’s College 2
3rd Place - C.I. Gibson Senior