BCF Chess Coaches (With active BCF membership)
Kean Smith is a FIDE certified National Instructor from 2011. Kean Smith was President of The Bahamas Chess Federation from 2005-2010. He organized the 2.3.5 Sub Zonal 2010 in the Bahamas.
CM Elton Joseph is a FIDE certified National Instructor from 2011, President of the Bain and Grants Town Chess Club, and he is an active FIDE Arbiter.
FM Cecil Moncur is the first Bahamian chess player to become a FIDE Master. He was awarded this title at the 2016 chess Olympiad. He is the President of the Bahamas Chess Institute.
Foreign Members of BCF (Active in FIDE tournaments)
1 Cross, Ted - USA - 1991 - Ted Cross an American chess player with good international experience. He is currently the highest rated active BCF member. He is the winner of Nassau Cup Invitational 2017.
Bahamian Players (Active in FIDE tournaments)
1 NM Gibson, Franklyn - 1943 - is a 7-time National Champion. Frank Gibson won the National Champion title in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, and 2005. He is currently the highest FIDE-rated Bahamian chess player. He represented the Bahamas at the 2016 Olympiad.
2 FM Moncur, Cecil - 1904 - FM Cecil Moncur is the first Bahamian chess player to become a FIDE Master. He was awarded this title at the 2016 chess Olympiad. He represented the Bahamas at the 2014 and 2016 Olympiad. He is the President of the Bahamas Chess Institute.
3 NM Cox, Valentine - 1852 - NM Valentine Cox was the Bahamas National Champion in 2015, 2002, and 1975. He represented the Bahamas at the 2014 and 2016 Olympiad. He is currently the President for the Bahamas Chess Federation.
4 CM Knowles, Kendrick - 1842 - CM Kendrick Knowles is a three-time Bahamas National Champion. He won the National Champion title in 2013, 2014, and 2016. Kendrick represented the Bahamas at the 2014 and 2016 Olympiad.
5 CM Joseph, Elton - 1811 - CM Elton Joseph represented the Bahamas at the 2014 and 2016 Olympiad. In 2016, he was the 1st board player for the Bahamas. He is a FIDE certified National Instructor and President of the Bain and Grants Town Chess Club. He is an active FIDE Arbiter.
6 WCM Karelina, Polina - 1719 - WCM Polina Karelina was first introduced to chess at the age of 4 by Bahamian chess teacher Warren Seymour. She has been a member of the Bahamas Chess Federation since she was 5 years old. At the age of 6 she won the Under 10 Championship of the Bahamas. Only 2 years later at the age of 8, Polina became the Bahamas Overall Scholastic Individual Champion 2010. At the age of 9 she tied for first place in the Bahamas Junior Chess Championship. She became the Junior Chess Champion in 2011 when she was 10 years old. Polina represented The Bahamas in the World Youth Chess Championships in 2009 (Turkey) and 2011 (Brazil) before encountering health issues that curtailed her chess ambitions. In January 2016, Polina returned to participating in tournaments. She earned the Women Candidate Master (WCM) title in the Sub-Zonal 2.3.5 (May 2016, Barbados). By FIDE (World Chess Federation) ratings list, Polina is currently the number 1 female chess player in the Bahamas. She is the Bahamas Junior Chess Champion 2017.
7 Small, Byron - 1648 - Byron Small is a two-time Bahamas National Champion. He won the National Champion title in 1997 and 1992.
8 CM Smith, Nathan - 1633 - After playing in his first chess tournament in March 2013, Nathan went on to place second in the Bahamas Junior Chess Championship in August 2013 and to qualify for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Youth Festival held in San Jose, Costa Rica in December 2013. There, he won the gold medal in the Under-8 age category, and based on his exceptional performance, was awarded the Candidate Master (CM) title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) - a first for The Bahamas. In 2016, Nathan won the Under 12 section of CARIFTA. He is the Bahamas Overall Scholastic Individual Champion 2017.
9 Whyms, Chappell - 1628 - Chappell Whyms represented the Bahamas at the 2014 Olympiad. He has been an active chess player for many years.
10 WCM Johnson, Daijah - 1467 - Since her introduction to Chess in late 2012, Daijah has become a regular player in local tournaments. Her passion and commitment to the game has been extraordinary. Daijah competed in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Youth Festival held in San Jose, Costa Rica in December 2013, where she placed 5th in the Under-10 Female section. In 2015, Daijah was awarded the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title for placing 3rd in Under-12 Female section at the CAC Youth Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
11 Deal, Edmund - 1428 - He is currently the Vice-President for the Bahamas Chess Federation.
12 Stuart, Clive - 1377 - He is an active chess player.
FIDE Arbiter White, Andre has been the President of the Bahamas Chess Federation from 2013 to 2016. While he was President, the Bahamas Chess Federation achieved 6 titles (1 FM, 3 CM and 2 WCM). He held the most FIDE-rated tournaments in the Bahamas. He was the arbiter for Nassau Cup Invitational 2017. He also was a arbiter at the 2014 Olympiad, and CAC Youth Festival 2015.
FIDE Arbiter Joseph, Elton has been an arbiter in FIDE-rated tournaments on more than sixteen occasions between 2012 and 2017. Two of these tournaments were abroad, specifically CARIFTA 2014 (Barbados) and CAC Youth Festival 2015 (Trinidad). He also successfully passed the rigorous examination given at the conclusion of the 29th Internet FIDE Arbiter Seminar in December 2013.
National Arbiter Karelina, Lana is currently the Secretary and Graphic Artist of the Bahamas Chess Federation. She has been a Deputy Chief Arbiter in several tournaments in 2017.
Executive Office 2017
Valentine Cox - President
Edmund Deal - Vice President
Lana Karelina - Secretary (email@example.com)
Gurth Smith – Treasurer
Current FIDE Ratings
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