The Williams Lake Chess Club is hosting a tournament at the Williams Lake Library, October 18th. Organizer Scott Richardson says it will be the first chess tournament in the Lakecity, perhaps the only one in the interior of British Columbia, and they are hoping players will travel from as far away as the Lower Mainland.
"The LakeCity Chess Open, will be an attempt to draw out chess players from the region," says Richardson. He and his partner Aki have organized the event because they believe it could benefit the Cariboo by developing a chess community within the library system. "Study after study has proven using the game of chess as a tool enhances the cognitive skills of a young mind," he explains. "As well as learning strategy it makes one think about what comes next, and then, what comes after that?"
(Photo: Kai Richardson and Rob Hamm, front left with Rob looking at Kai's position in a side event just before the GPO tournament in Victoria.)