The Langley Open chess tournament

PHOTOS: Langley Open chess tournament intense

Players were all business at the Brookswood Seniors Centre, as they looked to advance to the next round.

What makes a successful chess player? The director of the annual Langley Open Labour Day chess tournament has an answer.

“Intelligence, patience, hard work…, usually they’re very studious,” Brian Davidson said, “and of course a little talent doesn’t hurt, if you have some.”

With 61 players, last weekend’s competition at the Brookswood Seniors’ Centre set a record for most participants.

A new generation of players have found the game, Davidson told the Langley Advance Saturday.

Kids as young as seven faced adults, including seniors, in a soundless room.

“Whereas 20 years ago, you’d come to a tournament and there might be one or two kids, and a lot of serious adult players, now there seems to be a decline in adult players and more kids,” Davidson said. “There seems to be more of a missing generation somewhere in there.”

Many of the kids who were involved in the Langley tourney that ran Sept. 3 to 5 were 10 and younger, and “a lot of them are really good,” Davidson said.

Davidson said there was a lot at stake.

“There’s the B.C. Closed [Championship], to be the champion of B.C., but you have to win tournaments to get there,” Davidson explained. “And this is the last qualifier. So any top players who haven’t qualified yet, pretty much have to play this.”

The winner was Kevin Gentes, with five wins and a draw from six games.  Gentes came away with $600 in prize money.

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