Registration underway for chess open

The second annual Lake City Chess Open coming up Saturday, Oct. 24 will feature newcomers and veterans to the sport alike.

The second annual Lake City Chess Open coming up Saturday, Oct. 24 will feature newcomers and veterans to the sport alike.

Tournament organizer Scott Richardson said he hopes to build off the success of last year’s event, hosted at the Williams Lake Library.

Prizes for first-, second- and third-place players are lined up, along with additional prizes for the open division, while all the youth will go home with something.

During last year’s tournament the youngest player was six, while the oldest was 92.

At this year’s event, Scott’s son, high-ranked chess player Kai Richardson, will be playing simultaneous games against up to 20 players.

Old-time chess player and tournament organizer, Nick Weber, will be participating this year, Scott said.

“Players should bring their own boards and clocks in case we run out,” he said. “A chess clock app at chess.com on a device will work fine.”

Kai will also be giving pre-tournament pointers and playing scrimmage games on the two Wednesdays before the tournament at the library on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m.

All levels of players are invited to play in either casual/youth or open divisions.

Open registration is $20, casual/youth is $15 until Oct. 20. Free entry for players 75 and up.

Anyone interested can register online at http://lakecitychess.homestead.com.