Noah Albury Wins the 2022 Warren Seymour Classic After Exciting Play-Off
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The 2022 Warren Seymour Classic was an exciting one full of surprises and upsets.
The annual Classic is an open tournament at which junior and senior players square off against each other.
The 2022 Warren Seymour Classic took place this past weekend at QCafe, kicking off Saturday June 25 and culminating Sunday June 26.
The Warren Seymour Classic is a five-round Swiss format, a game in 60 minutes plus five seconds per move.
The Warren Seymour Classic is FIDE rated and a qualifier for the prestigious Bahamas National Chess Championship.
This year The Bahamas National Chess Championship is scheduled for November 2022.
In the Open Category, Noah Albury pulled off an upset to seize the title of winner of the 2022 Warren Seymour Chess Classic.
Shawn Barker won second place and FM Cecil Moncur placed third in the Open Category.
Open category in chess refers to a competition in which anyone can participate regardless of age or experience.
In the Junior Section, Trevor Bridgewater won first place.
Theophilus Weir earned a second-place finish and Chika Pride third place.
As is tradition at this tournament, in addition to their medals, the junior section winners also received books to help improve their skills.
The Warren Seymour Classic is named in honor of Bahamian hero, Warren Seymour.
Mr Seymour committed over 30 years of his life to growing the sport of chess in The Bahamas and contributing to the development of hundreds of young Bahamians.
During his prime, Mr. Seymour selflessly visited over 30 schools a month training young men and women in critical thinking and helping them to develop good decision-making skills.
Without any financial gain, he also taught chess at correctional facilities and assisted in the rehabilitation of prisoners.
“The 2022 Warren Seymour Classic was an exciting tournament that had the most upsets I have ever seen,” said Elton Joseph, Treasurer, The Bahamas Chess Federation and Deputy Chief Arbiter of the 2022 Warren Seymour Classic.
He added: “The upsets prove that chess in The Bahamas is growing and the skills of our junior players and some of our senior players are improving and developing.
“The results of this tournament were exciting and encouraging.
“Many of the games came down to the wire with many of the players winning the game with only seconds left on the clock.
“Even with one hour playing time and five seconds added every move, many of the players still needed more time, this is a normal occurrence for chess as even with five-hour games the players still need more time.
“Players usually do not feel the length of time that they have played until the game is over.”
Mr. Joseph congratulated the new 2022 Warren Seymour Champion, Noah Albury.
He said it was great to see how the juniors have developed throughout the lockdowns associated with the pandemic and seniors, who have put in the effort to become some of the “strongest in the nation 2022″.
Warren Seymour Chess Classic Results
1 st Place – Noah Albury
2 nd Place – Shawn Barker
3 rd Place – FM Cecil Moncur
4 th Place – CM Kendrick Knowles
1 st Place – Trevor Bridgewater
2 nd Place – Theophilus Weir
3 rd Place – Chika Pride