Foreign Members of BCF
1 GM Gonzalez, Renier - USA - 2451 - Grandmaster Renier Gonzalez has given training seminars to the top Bahamian chess players.
2 Cross, Ted - USA - 1998 - Ted Cross an American chess player with good international experience. He is currently the highest rated active BCF member. He is the winner of The Old Fort Bay Invitational 2017 and 2018.
Bahamian Players (Active in FIDE tournaments)
1 NM Gibson, Franklyn - 1892 - is a 7-time National Champion. Frank Gibson won the National Champion title in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2004, and 2005. He represented the Bahamas at the 2016 Olympiad.
2 FM Moncur, Cecil - 1877 - 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 WCM Karelina, Polina - 1875 - WCM Polina Karelina earned the Women Candidate Master title in the Sub-Zonal 2.3.5 (May 2016, Barbados). She is the current Bahamas Junior Chess Champion.
4 NM Cox, Valentine - 1872 - NM Valentine Cox was the Bahamas National Champion in 2015, 2002, and 1975. He represented the Bahamas at the 2014 and 2016 Olympiad.
5 CM Knowles, Kendrick - 1802 - 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.
6 CM Joseph, Elton - 1783 - CM Elton Joseph represented the Bahamas at the 2014 and 2016 Olympiad. He is currently the President of the Bahamas Chess Federation and an active FIDE Arbiter.
7 Hanna Jr, Philip - 1752 - Philip Hanna Jr. is a three-time Bahamas Junior Champion. He held the title from 2014-2016. He represented the Bahamas in the U20 section at the 2013 CARIFTA, the 2014 CARIFTA, and the 2015 CARIFTA.
8 Ferguson, Joseph - 1725 -
9 NM Small, Byron - 1721 - Byron Small is a three-time Bahamas National Champion. He won the National Champion title in 1992, 1997, and 2017 .
10 CM Smith, Nathan - 1616 - CM Nathan Smith was awarded the Candidate Master title at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Youth Festival held in San Jose, Costa Rica in December 2013.
11 Whyms, Chappell - 1609 - Chappell Whyms represented the Bahamas at the 2014 Olympiad. He has been an active chess player for many years.
12 Skinner, Francis - 1591 -
13 WCM Johnson, Daijah - 1452 - Daijah was awarded the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title at the CAC Youth Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad in August, 2015.
14 Deal, Edmund - 1428 -
15 Stuart, Clive - 1334 -
Current FIDE Ratings
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