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The Family Guardian Scholastic Chess Tournament

Family Guardian Chess Tournament Is Largest Ever

Fifteen year old Elton Joseph from C. R. Walker High School turned in a perfect score of six wins out of six games to win Family Guardian's Annual Scholastic Chess Tournament, held at S.C. McPherson High School on March 28.

Organized by the Bahamas Chess Federation, the 11th Annual Scholastic tournament was the largest ever chess event held in the Bahamas according to the federation's tournament director Mr. Warren Seymour.

Fourteen schools drew in more than 117 students to compete individually for six age division trophies.

"Elton Joseph was the only player to score a perfect six which is an outstanding achievement in the largest field we've ever had," said Seymour. "It should be one of his proudest moments in his rising chess career."
Family Guardian Insurance's Staff Manager, Mr. Gino Miller, presented two trophies to Elton Joseph: Winner of the Under 16's and Overall Winner of the tournament. Other age division winners were for the Under 8 division: Travis Obregon (Queen's College; Under 10: Renaldo Cartwright, South Haven Christian Academy; Under 12: Levardo Rolle, Cleveland Enas Primary; Under 14: Lemaro Thompson, Kingsway Academy; and Over 16's: Trevor Lockhart, C. C. Sweeting Senior High.

"We're very impressed with the turnout. We thank Family Guardian for their support and to the chess teachers at the schools," said Seymour. "Our usual schools brought the expected numbers and, in particular, we had stronger-than-usual showings from Queen's College, St Andrew's and South Haven Christian Academy."

"South Haven has made a great effort to give their students access to chess training and already they have a champion in Renaldo Cartwright for the Under 10's," said Seymour. "We're very happy to see teams emerging from Queen's College and St. Andrew's. Both could be a future force in chess."

"One newcomer was Travis Obregon from Queen's College. He lost one of his early rounds but showed great determination to win the later games and went on to win his division. This was the first tournament he's ever played. Which goes to show: that you don't know how good you are until you enter," said Seymour.

Chess Federation President Thierry Boeuf says the federation's newly elected officers have a mandate to more actively promote chess in schools and with the public in general. "The schools are the bedrock of chess in the Bahamas and we're trying to do more to help cultivate serious learning there. In this era of TV and electronic games, chess is a healthier, more beneficial pursuit that is much more impressive on a young person's résumé," said Mr. Boeuf.

"We owe a debt of thanks to those teachers and school administrators that give their time and facilities for the chess students," said Mr. Boeuf. "Family Guardian's donation will also go towards our Chess-In-Schools Training Program."

The federation's next scholastic tournament is the School Teams Championship, scheduled for June 28 when Out Island schools are expected to send teams to Nassau. In the School Teams tournament any student can enter although the championship trophy goes to the school, which collects the highest number of points from their top four players. The federation will require players to record their games on score sheets.

On April 5th and 9th, the federation will hold the April Quads Tournaments where players of similar strength play in a league-style round-robins.

The federation holds regular Saturday chess clinics for beginners and students on Saturday at 1 p.m. Parents, schools and teachers can contact the Bahamas Chess Federation at 324-2062 or 325-6210.

The Bahamas Chess Federation 1974 (Tournament News)