Second Lakecity Chess Open announced

The pieces are moving into place once again for the second annual Lake City Chess Open.

The pieces are moving into place once again for the second annual Lake City Chess Open.

Organizer Scott Richardson said the tournament — which had roughly 30 players participate during the inaugural event — has been scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Williams Lake Library.

“This year we expect a few more players in the open and casual sections,” Richardson said. “The librarians have confirmed it will be OK if the games spill out into the main library.”

The tournament will be a six-round Williams Lake Chess Club-rated tournament.

All levels and all ages are invited to compete in either the casual open and the open section.

The first round of the tournament is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The last round will play around 4:30 to 5 p.m.

A $20 entry fee in the open section and a $15 entry fee in the casual section can be paid online until Oct. 20. After Oct. 20 registration goes up to $25 in the open division and $20 in the casual section. There will also be free entry for players 75 and older.

Richardson said entry fee funds will go toward prizes featuring a prize fund of $300 guaranteed and first-, second- and third-place prizes for both sections, door prizes and oldest and youngest prizes.

Multiple local businesses supported last year’s tournament providing lunch and prizes for players.

“The tournament was a success. There is chess in the Cariboo.”

There is a 40 player limit so Richardson advised to reserve a spot early.

Registration is available at http://lakecitychess.homestead.com.

For more information contact Richardson or Aki Yamamoto at wycc@caribooblades.com.