The Bahamas – successful Mind Sports Games 2009 Print
Friday, 21 August 2009 05:48
The Bahamas Mind Sports Games was officially opened by Permanent Secretary of The Ministry of Sports, Mr. Archie Nairn on Saturday 15th August, 2009. Mr. Nairn complimented the three organizations (Bridge, Checkers and Chess) on successfully organizing the first Mind Games in the Bahamas and noted that Bridge, Checkers and Chess can be used to assist with the development of Bahamians. He also urged the organizers to not only focus on New Providence Island but also to develop and promote their sports on less populated islands.

From left to right: Milton Evans - V.P. Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF), NM Byron Small – Secretary (BCF), Wellington Miller – President Bahamas Olympic Association, Kimberly Minors – President Bahamas Bridge Association (BBA), Archie Nairn – Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sport, Neil Wright – President of Bahamas Pool Checkers Association, Kean A. Smith – President (BCF), Dr. David Sands – Secretary (BBA) - (Photo by P. Millar)

Also, in attendance were Mr. Wellington Miller, President of The Bahamas Olympic Association and Mr. Miles Yallop, Chess Officer of The Ministry of Sports. (See for more details).

The results of the event were as follows:

Bridge Open Pairs Competition
1.David Sands/ Lesley Spencer
2.Harold Longley/ Matthew William
3.Val Jeanne Virgil/ Kimberley Minors

Checkers Individual Tournament
A Division
1. Neil Wright
2. Frank Cox
3. Leonard Bain

B Division

1. Robert Munroe
2. Kenneth Duncombe
3. Leroy Stubbs

Chess Individual Rapid Tournament

Open Section

1. Kenville Lockhart (BAH) – 3 ½
2. NM Byron Small (BAH) – 3 ½
3. Edmund Deal (BAH) – 3 ½

From left to right: NM Byron Small (2nd place Open Section), Dexter Williams (2nd place U1500), David Bullard (3rd place U1500), Kean A. Smith – President (BCF), Kenville Lockhart - Winner Open Section, Yan Lansky – Winner U1500 and Edmund Deal (3rd place Open Section) (Photo by P. Millar)

U1500 Section
Yan Lyansky (USA) - 3
Dexter Williams (JAM) - 3
David Bullard (BAH) - 2

From left to right – Yan Lyansky, Edmund Deal, Kiran Diggiss and NM Byron Small – (Photo by Hellen Mukiri-Smith)

Happy Junior participants with their participation medals – from left to right Kiran, Sophia, Polina and Chaz. (Photo by P. Millar)
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