Remembering Stan Rogers

Chess pieces. - File
Chess pieces.
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It’s time to break out the knights and pawns: Chilliwack will sport its first chess tournament of living memory on June 21 at the Little Beatle Bistro on Sumas Road.

The Chilliwack Chess Club (3C) has had the tournament in the works since the beginning of the year, but 3C co-organizer Lorne Kay says the most important detail was one that fell into place only recently: the decision to dedicate the tournament to 3C member Stan Rogers, who died suddenly this spring.

Holding the tournament in his honour was a natural choice for the club.

“Stan was so excited and enthused about it—he supported it and promoted it, and he was an active player for quite a few years,” Kay says. “We were going to have a chess tournament anyways because that’s what Stan wanted to do . . . Stan was so good at playing chess, and so much fun at it.”

The tournament has a simple structure: there are spots for 30 players, who will attempt to make their way to the top of the roster over five rounds. All ages and levels of experience are welcome; there are a variety of prizes up for grabs, including “Biggest Upset” and “Best Game,” meaning players don’t have to be pros  to win a spot in the standings.

Kay says the the club has already mustered 12 players for the day-long tournament, and hopes they can recruit a few new players to the club—which not many people seem to know about.

“We take over Waves Coffeehouse every Friday night,” Kay says with a laugh. “We’re loud and raucous, we’re bellicose, we’re cat-calling—it’s a great time.”

The Chilliwack Chess Club inaugural Stan Rogers Memorial Tournament starts at 10 a.m. on June 21 at the Little Beatle Bistro. Registration is $20, and players can preregister by emailing or may register at the door between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. the day of the tournament. Bystanders are more than welcome to drop by and watch.

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