WCM Polina Karelina
WCM Polina Karelina – born 2001. Polina 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 was awarded 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 and number 6 overall in the Bahamas. She is the Bahamas Junior Chess Champion 2017.