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Chilliwack chess tournament honoured Stan Rogers

Matt Ehrenreich (left) was crowned winner of the first-ever Chilliwack Chess Club tournament on June 21 by club coordinator Ian MacKay (right), as 14 local players battled in Little Beetle Bistro.  - Submitted
Matt Ehrenreich (left) was crowned winner of the first-ever Chilliwack Chess Club tournament on June 21 by club coordinator Ian MacKay (right), as 14 local players battled in Little Beetle Bistro.
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According to club co-coordinator Lorne Kay, the Chilliwack Chess Club’s (3C) inaugural Stan Rogers memorial chess tournament was a rousing success, hosting 14 players in the Little Beetle Bistro on Yale for a total of five games each.

Matt Ehrenreich, a non-member and unknown quantity entering the tournament, finished all five of his games victoriously to claim the grand trophy.

“The number one and number two weren’t members of the club,” Kay says. “Well, they are now.”

The tournament succeeded in bringing a few new members to the chess club, as well as honouring Stan Rogers—a noted member of the club and community volunteer and entrepreneur who died suddenly earlier in the year.

“We had a big picture of Stan set up,” Kay says. “Stan was watching and enthusing with a few of us guys.”

The tournament drew players of all ages and skill levels, including a talented 13-year-old who earned more than a few victories and gave Kay a run for his money.

“I squirmed out from under one of his traps, and he frowned and said, ‘I almost had you, you know!’” Kay laughs. “I said, ‘I know!’”

“It was really good. He’s a good player. One of these days he’s going to be doing tap-dances over my chessmen.”

With a little luck and continued community support, the first-ever 3C tournament will be the first of many—and as always, the club welcomes new members or interested players to drop by Waves coffee house in Sardis on Friday nights for a quick game or three. They can also email Lorne Kay at lwkaycma@uniserve.com for more information.

Tournament results:

First place — Matt Ehrenreich

Second place — Miklos Baranvay

Third place (four-way tie) — Lorne Kay, Brian Selby, Manobhiram Nellutla, Mel Mellison

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