After a two-year hiatus, the Bahamas Chess Federation’s (BCF) Annual Heroes Day Blitz Chess Tournament resumed on Saturday, October 8.
Chapell Whyms emerged as the champion.
There were 26 chess players who competed in the fast-paced tournament which was held at the Student Union Building Lounge on the University of The Bahamas campus. The annual tournament is held to celebrate local great heroes of the past and our modern-day heroes, including our chess heroes who have dedicated many years to help develop the cognitive skills of our people.
Avian Pride secured second place and Kendrick Knowles placed third. In the junior division, Chika Pride came out on top. Joshua Rolle placed second and Taivan Thompson secured third place.
“The response for the 2022 Heroes Day Blitz was encouraging. I was particularly excited to see the number of young chess players participating and to learn of the emergence of so many chess clubs in schools throughout The Bahamas,” said Knowles, president, BCF.
“I would like to express my gratitude once again to the University of The Bahamas for hosting the tournament. The blitz is a great learning experience for new players and those attempting to improve their chess skills. I encourage all players, particularly less experienced players, to participate in more tournaments. I also encourage chess clubs to partner with the BCF as we all work together to grow the sport of chess in The Bahamas.”
The blitz-style format of the tournament requires that players think quickly and keep a cool head. The term blitz describes chess games with a time control of 10 minutes or less.