NM John Doknjas
John Doknjas won the 2015 Grand Pacific Open, the largest tournament in BC. He has also won the BC Youth Championship title consecutively from 2009 to 2015. John won the BC Junior Championship in 2015 and 2011; and competed in the BC Closed Championship in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2013, John tied for first place in the U14 Canadian Youth Chess Championship. He has won the Chess ‘N Math Canadian Chess Challenge (CCC) when he was in Grade 6 and Grade 7 and has represented Canada at the World Youth Chess Championships in 2007, 2010, and 2012. John became a FIDE Candidate Master at the 2014 North American Youth Chess Championship by winning 3rd place in the U16 Open section. John won the 2014 Jung-Doknjas Invitational.
NM Alfred Pechisker
Alfred Pechisker has competed in the BC Closed Championship 9 times from 2000-2013. Alfred won the BC Junior Championship in 1998 and 1996 and the Langley Club Labour Day Open in 2011. He has won the Chess ‘N Math Canadian Chess Challenge (CCC) when he was in Grade 4 and Grade 5. Alfred has been teaching chess for almost 2 decades and co-organized the 2015 Keres Memorial.
NM Jason Kenney
Jason Kenney entered the BC chess scene in 2012. That year, he came clear 2nd in the BC Closed Championship. Prior to that, Jason was a regular competitor and former Nova Scotia Closed Champion. Jason has also won the Nova Scotia Open Championship several times including in 2011 and consecutively from 2002 to 2006. He also is a former competitor of Chess ‘N Math’s Canadian Chess Challenge. More recently, Jason competed at the 2014 Gibraltar Masters and Reykjavik Open, where he scored against several IMs and GMs including drawing GM Throstur Thorhallsson, GM Rune Djurhuus, WGM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, and IM Simon Jensen-Bekker; and beating IM Stef Soors.
James Chan plays in major tournaments all over the US including Philadelphia, NewYork, Las VMr. Chan plays in major tournaments all over the US including Philadelphia, Newegas, Washington, and Oregon. James has drawn or beaten strong players including IM Leon Piasetski, FM Jack Yoos, NM Butch Villavieja, and NM Howard Wu. He is a popular chess coach with kids in private schools in West Vancouver. In addition, he has been an arbiter at the major Chess ‘N Math events in BC. James also is known to be one of the best speed chess players in Vancouver, BC. James won the SFU 2013 Invitational RR.
NCM Joshua Doknjas
Joshua Doknjas won the 2012 U10 Canadian Championship and the 2010 U8 Canadian Championship. Joshua also won the Chess ‘N Math Canadian Chess Challenge when he was in Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 6. Provincially, he has won the BC Youth Championship 6 times from 2009 to 2015. Joshua has represented Canada at the World Youth Chess Championship in 2010 and 2012. Joshua won the 2013 Vancouver Open and in the 2014 BC Closed, he became the youngest participant.
Compared to many of today’s younger players, Joe Roback started entering tournament late in life at the age of 20. Self-taught, he was the President of the SFU Chess Club from 2008-2012 and has hosted a number of active tournaments. Joe was the Chief Arbiter for the first ever 2013 BC Senior Chess Championship and subsequent editions. In addition, he has been an arbiter at the major Chess ‘N Math events in BC. In the 2014 Keres Memorial, Joe had a performance rating of 2339 and scored wins over IM Leon Piasetski, NM Howard Wu, and NM Roger Patterson; and a draw against IM Dietmar Kolbus. Joe co-organized the 2015 Keres Memorial.
2014 Jung-Doknjas Invitational