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Winners declared at Oceanside Rapid Chess Tournament

Players come from Port Alberni, Duncan

The first annual Oceanside Rapid Chess Tournament was a roaring success.

The event, held on June 29 at St. Mark's Anglican Church in Qualicum Beach, drew players from as far as Port Alberni and Duncan, according to spokesperson Finn Lynch.

Declan O'Sullivan was the overall winner, taking home the $100 top prize. Stuart Gray Jr. finished second overall and was the top junior, taking home a special Onyx chess set rather than the $75 second prize. That went to Len Molden, with Dillon Atkins taking the $50 third-place prize.

Lynch noted the tourney received an major donation ahead of the tourney from Robert McFetridge, retired president of the Bishops of Bowser.

"After the Bowser club closed their doors in midst of the ongoing pandemic, Robert put the equipment into storage," said Lynch. "Days before the event, Robert saw that we were in need of boards and clocks for the tournament. He contacted us, and passed the gear along to our chess club. There were about 20 boards and clocks in total, three times what our club originally had. Thanks to Robert and the Bishops of Bowser, Oceanside Chess can now accommodate larger numbers than ever, helping the club to continue in its mission to help spread chess in the mid-Island."

Lynch also thanked sponsors Dr. Anthony and Susan Ciammaichella, Lantzville Wellness Centre, Bailey’s in the village and Annette Blakey.

For more information on the club, including upcoming tournaments, free chess resources and tournament standings, visit

— NEWS Staff

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