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Chess players square off in Wolfville

Sixteen adults and four youth players squared off in a tournament hosted in Acadia University’s Beveridge Arts Centre Jan. 7.
Sixteen adults and four youth players squared off in a tournament hosted in Acadia University’s Beveridge Arts Centre Jan. 7. - Submitted

WOLFVILLE – A nasty bout of winter weather didn’t stop chess players from congregating in Wolfville over the weekend.

Sixteen adults and four youth players squared off in a tournament hosted in Acadia University’s Beveridge Arts Centre Jan. 7.

“The goal was to promote chess over the board and to offer an event in January, the perfect time to play chess,” said Ralf Dornieden, an East Kings Chess Club member who co-organized the tournament with his 14-year-old son, Jonas.

“Despite the weather, we had a quite good turnout… players from Halifax, Shelburne, Bridgewater, Coldbrook and Wolfville.”

Participants played seven rounds of Swiss system, with maximum game times set at 50 minutes each. Chris Felix of Halifax won with six points out of seven, followed closely by second-place finisher Gordon Giacomin of Halifax. Paul Abela of Wolfville finished third in the adult competition. Jonas Dornieden was the top youth player with 4,5/7.

“After seven rounds of play we had the prize awarding. Every player chose a prize donated by local businesses and the Town of Wolfville - big thanks to them. Everybody was excited about the generosity,” said Dornieden.

The East Kings Chess Club practices Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the second floor of the Wolfville Memorial Library. The next adult tournament is slated to take place at Mount Saint Vincent University in Bedford from Feb. 23-25.

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