Bahamas - Smith meets with GM Silvino Garcia Martinez of The Cuban Chess Federation Print
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:17
From left to right: IM Jose Luis Vileva, GM Silvino Garcia Martinez, Kean Smith, and FM Danilo Buela Valdespino (photo by Hellen Smith)

In an effort to further the development and growth of Chess in the Bahamas, Kean Smith, President of the Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) visited the Cuban Chess Federation in Habana during the weekend of Friday 15th January, 2010. Smith arranged to meet with GM Silvino Garcia Martinez, President of the Cuban Chess Federation, through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture of the Bahamas and the Cuban Embassy in Nassau.

While in Habana, Smith met with GM Silvino Garcia Martinez and his team comprising IM Jose Luis Vilela and FM Danilo Buela Valdespino at the Headquarters of the Cuba Chess Federation in Habana. The parties discussed a wide range of issues including the state of chess in the Bahamas, Chess in Schools, Technical needs of the BCF, and areas of technical assistance that the CCF may be able to supply. After hours of discussions GM Silvino Garcia agreed in principle to provide technical assistance to the BCF through training of Chess Instructors to support a Chess in School Programme and training for Strong Players with a view of building a National Team.

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