Shabalov Wins in Bahamas; Norowitz & Santarius Earn Norms
By Steve Immitt   
October 29, 2012
The Bahamas International & Amateur was held from October 24-28, 2012 at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

GM Alex Shabalov won the International Section, finishing with an undefeated 6.5/9 and taking home the $2000 first prize.

GM Alexander Shabalov

In his win against Sambuev, White resigned because 30.Rxc7 fails to 30...Qh3+ and 31...Qxg2 mate. 


Just a half-point behind Shabalov was GM Alexander Goldin who collected $1200 for his efforts over the five days.


Yaacov Norowitz and Erik Santarius both earned IM norms. Norowitz secured his norm before his round 9 game began. Here's his marathon win against GM Josh Friedel. 



Meanwhile Santarius secured his with a last round draw against Goldin.  


This tournament is very grateful to the assistance provided by our friends in the Bahamas.

Santarius with Steve Immitt
Andre White, Vice President of the Bahamas Chess Federation, for his invaluable help in running this tournament, attending to the many details and for providing the beautiful wooden sets and the DGT clocks.

Yan Lyansky, for bringing us fresh fruit and snacks all weekend, which was certainly a welcome relief from the hurricane.

Sandeep Gali and Chaz Garraway, who helped us with transcribing the games and keeping the moves up to date, so we could send them to the website.

See complete standings and find more games at