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 New Providence.
While in Habana, Smith met with GM Silvino Garcia Martinez and his team comprising of 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.
Smith said that “[he] appreciated the willingness of the CCF to assist with the strengthening of Chess in The Bahamas and the expansion of our Chess in Schools Programme.”
“Once I return to Nassau, I will report to the BCF Executive Committee and take the necessary steps to meet and discuss our proposal with the Ministers of Education and Youth, Sports and Culture or their representatives,” noted Smith.
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