Kai Richardson

Kai Richardson

Lakecity chess player in solid position at international tournament

Williams Lake chess player Kai Richardson is still alive at the World Youth Chess Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Williams Lake chess player Kai Richardson is still alive at the World Youth Chess Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Kai, 10, who was the top-ranked Canadian in the 10-and-under age group heading into the tournament, began first-round play on Dec. 18.

But after a three-and-a-half hour marathon match Richardson was defeated by Daniel Sanz Wawer from Spain.

In his second-round match Kai defeated Russian Vasily Andronov in just over four hours, before continuing his solid play against German Feix Graf Justus in his third-round match to grind out a win.

His dad, Scott Richardson, said things are looking good for Kai so far.

Kai was scheduled to play his fourth- and fifth-round matches on Saturday.

“If he wins both of those he’ll be tied in second,” Scott said. “At this point he stands a good chance.”

The tournament wraps up Dec. 29.