A total of 46 players competed in the Langley Open 2014 chess tournament held over the Labour Day weekend at the Brookswood Seniors Centre.

Check it out – Brookswood Seniors Centre hosts Labour Day chess tourney

Trio of brothers spend two hours every day studying the game in preparation for competition

What to do on the last long weekend of the summer?

Well, if you’re the Doknjas brothers, the answer is spending  three days with 43 other people inside the hall of the Brookswood Seniors Centre, competing in the Langley Open 2014 chess tournament.

For the brothers, John, 14, Joshua, 11, and Neil, 9, chess is a serious business.

The boys were taught the game by their father, Dave, when they turned five. At seven they began to compete in chess tournaments. The brothers spend two hours each day studying the game and techniques of chess masters.

One of the brothers’ tournament competitors, Butch Villavieja, a national chess master and the 2012 BC Closed Tournament champion agrees that studying the masters’ games is important to player’s growth.

“Chess is a game of mind games and you need to understand the principles in order to win games . . . by studying the masters’ moves you are looking for the meaning of the move.

“You will get ideas . . . you will learn pattern recognition . . . and then be able to implement it in your own game [and] develop your own system,” he said.

The Langley Open 2014 is run as a “Swiss format” tournament. The details of this style are important to the players involved, but to the casual observer, it means it is a non-elimination tournament with pre-determined rules on the pairing of opposing players.

This tournament has six rounds (games) and each player will play in each round.

At the end of the sixth round, the player with the highest score, determined by calculations involving the player’s moves and win/loss ratio is declared the tournament winner.

Tournament director Brian Davidson said the Langley Open tournament is, “fairly significant [and] the winner gets to go to the BC Closed [tournament], so it is a qualifier.

“There are only six or eight qualifier tournaments in B.C. each year and this is the last one, so if you haven’t qualified up until now and you want to be in the B.C. championships, then you have to play here.”

In the final results, the brothers made an impressive showing.

John and Joshua tied for second, along with Savvas Kyriakides.

All three won five of their six rounds, and take home $200 and bragging rights.

Nine-year-old Neil came in about halfway through the pack, winning three of his six games.

Tournament champion is Bindi Cheng, a chess international master who won $550, a trophy and will now move on to compete for a championship in the B.C. Closed Tournament being held in October.


Below: The Doknjas brothers, John, 14, Joshua, 11, and Neil, 9, compete in the Langley Open 2014 Chess tournament, held over the Labour Day weekend at the Brookswood Seniors Centre.


Just Posted

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

Langley creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Grass fire closes Mufford overpass to traffic

Township fire crews using ladder truck to battle blaze

Chilliwack gymnast to compete in Pan American Championships

Canadian national teamer Zachary Clay travels to Peru in September for international competition.

Trinity Western University changes controversial covenant

Pledge forbidding sexual intimacy outside of marriage optional, but only for students

Pitt Meadows airport manager resigns

Guy Miller was just two months on the job

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

RCMP to search for body after man drowns in B.C.’s Buntzen Lake

Officers and fire crews responded but the man from the Lower Mainland is believed to have drowned.

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Hot, dry conditions forces drought rating to highest level on Vancouver Island

The province says Vancouver Island is under Stage 4 drought conditions

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Wildfire smoke blankets B.C. and Alberta, prompting air quality advisories

About 25 new wildfires were sparked between Monday morning and midday Tuesday

Most Read