The Third Annual Lake City Chess Open is just days away.
Coming up Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Williams Lake Library, organizer Scott Richardson said players can expect a gruelling day of chess.
Players are being asked to arrive between 9:15 and 9:50 a.m. to ensure a first-round pairing.
Participants registered for either an open division, or youth division and there will be cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place finishers in both divisions.
“Three-hundred dollars [is] guaranteed for the open,” Richardson said. “Youth cash prizes will depend on the number of players.”
New to this year’s tournament is a new youth prize sponsored by Chess2inspire(.org).
“First place [now] has a seat at the BC Junior Championships,” Richardson said.
The 2016 BC Junior Championships are being held Nov. 11-13 in Richmond.
As for this year’s Lake City Chess Open, Richardson said this year’s tournament includes more pre-registered players than the previous two events. Pre-registration ends Thursday, Oct. 13 at midnight and is available by visiting lakecitychess.homestead.com/williams-lake-chess.html.