Grand Master Dave Norwood plays Chess Simultaneous in The Bahamas Print
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 14:06
GM Norwood begins his game with scholastic player Sanni Carlos of St. Augustine College (Photo/Andre White)

Kean Smith, President of The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) said that "The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) was delighted to welcome Grand Master Dave Norwood (2503) to Nassau. Last year September, GM Norwood visited Nassau and agreed to play a 30 board chess simultaneous when he returns in February, 2010. We were delighted that he kept his commitment. A total of 26 players from the Bahamian chess playing community participated. Norwood won 24 games and was held to two draws."

The players who drew with Norwood were 2008 National Chess Champion, Ken Gibson and Joseph Ferguson. They were both delighted with their result in the exhibition being the first Bahamians to draw with a GM in a simultaneous.

GM Norwood is only the third GM to play a chess simultaneous in The Bahamas since the BCF became a member of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in 1974. The other Grand Masters were GM Lothar Schmid who played a simultaneous in 1974 and GM Raymond Keene in the mid 1980's.

From left to right: GM Norwood, Wilshire Major, Polina Major and BCF 2009 National Champion, Yan Lyansky (Photo/ Andre White)

In the photo above Norwood makes his move while his fiancée Rebecca kibitzes. Eight year old Polina Major (wearing red cap) ponders her next moves while National Champion, Yan Lyansky, does the same. Polina is one of the up and coming players having played in the World Youth Chess Championship 2009 which was held in Turkey.

The Simultaneous was a great success having attracted players who had remained inactive for many years like Marvin Taylor, Andrew and Moss. Also, Hadren Simmons who is visiting the Bahamas from New Jersey, U.S.A. participated in the event.

From left to right: Kean Smith, Hadren Simmons and GM Norwood (Photo/ Andre White)
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