Mount Boucherie to host junior chess tournament

Chess players of all skill levels are invited to try out their moves March 2 at a junior chess tournament in West Kelowna.

The tournament—beginning at 9 a.m. in Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary—is for Grade 1 to 12 students who enjoy the strategic game.

Independent and home-schooled students are also invited to take part in the rated tournament, which is being hosted by School District 23.

Tournament director Chris Laurie from Glenrosa Elementary School said the event will test concentration and focus.

"This is a fun learning experience, in which students of similar grades are paired up in a supportive competition," said Laurie.

He noted primary students should have a basic knowledge of the game and know how all the pieces move.

"Referees will help guide students with any questions and (give) tips unique to competitive chess."

Up to five rounds will be played between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., although the primary group will likely finish sooner than intermediate categories.

Laurie said it's a good idea for participants to bring a book or craft to keep them amused during the breaks.

School trophies and individual medals will be awarded to three qualifiers in each grade. Everyone will receive participation ribbons.

A pizza lunch will be offered for $15 as well.

For more details, contact Chris Laurie at 250-768-5181 or


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