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Chess Masters Compete at Orjan Lindroth Memorial

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The top chess players in the country will gather once again to compete in the 2024 Orjan Lindroth Memorial Tournament.

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2024 Orjan Lindroth Memorial Chess Tournament

The top chess players in the country will gather once again to compete in the 2024 Orjan Lindroth Memorial Tournament. The Bahamas Chess Federation and the Bahamas Chess Institute will host the event under the theme “Chess in Paradise,” June 5-12 at the Breezes Resort.

The tournament will be a FIDE title norm chess event, and players will engage in a thrilling 9-round Swiss format. Curtis Pride Sr., president, Bahamas Chess Federation, says, “Chess transcends our society today.”

The prize fund will be $18,000 for the open tournament and $3,500 for the U1800 tournament. The tournament will be streamed live on the Chess242 YouTube channel. Lindroth was a businessman and avid chess player who was a major contributor to the development of the sport locally. Beverly Turnquest, 1st vice president, Bahamas Chess, says, “We gather to honor the noble game.”

NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships

The NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships are underway in Eugene, Oregon, and Bahamians were already active on day one.

Florida Gators sprinter Wanya McCoy advanced to the final in three events: the 100m, 200m, and as a member of the 4x100m relay team. In the 100m, he clocked 10.15 seconds to finish seventh in the semifinals. He was an automatic qualifier in the 200m with a second-place finish in heat three in 20.22 seconds. McCoy’s 4x100m team ran a season’s best 38.45 seconds to advance as the second-fastest qualifiers, which was also the fifth fastest time in school history.

Terrence Jones and Antoine Andrews were members of the Texas Tech 4x100m team to advance to the final. The Red Raiders ran a season’s best 36.67 seconds to finish second in their heat. Auburn Tigers’ sophomore Keyshawn Strachan finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 74.95m. The Tigers’ school record holder in the event, Strachan was the highest-finishing underclassman in the 24-man field.

NACAC Athletics New Life Invitational

The NACAC Athletics New Life Invitational will feature several intriguing matchups track and field fans can look forward to. As a “last-chance” qualifier, athletes have a chance to compete for a total prize purse of $76,000. The meet is a part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Label Series.

As the host country and the BAAAs as the host federation, The Bahamas has an automatic entry in each event, giving athletes an opportunity to measure themselves against some of the top competitors in the region. Mike Sands, president, NACAC, says, “The local talent will be accommodated.”

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