Check Mate

danville chessDANVILLE - It was a battle of patience and wit at the Danville Community Center as community members came to play in a chess tournament.

On Saturday, September 23, the Danville Open chess tournament took place at the Danville Community Center. Players of varying skill levels, including the player who is ranked second overall for his age group in the Czech Republic, who is also enrolled at Lyndon Institute, came for the chance to be the best.



The tournament separated players into groups based upon their skill level to allow for fair and competitive play. Competitors payed an entry fee of $50, or $55 after September 16, to compete for the top prize of $300.

The total prize pool was $1,325.

Chess boards and timers were not provided so those who attended were required to bring their own.

Event coordinator Alex Relyea said he was very happy with the turn out for the vent and was glad that he was able to bring the players together.

Information on when and where the next tournament will be held can be found on Relyea's website: