Trinity Western Active Chess Championship 2016

Congratulations to all our winners!  It was wonderful to see so many first-time adult and junior players come out to the first annual Trinity Western Active Chess Championship. Thank you to all our 22 players who hailed from various parts of BC’s Lower Mainland and from WA State.

Special Thank Yous go out to Winner’s Circle Trophies, Trinity Western University, and McDonald’s for their generous support.

zz (1)Each player played 5 rounds of 25 mins + 5 sec increment games.  Some players teamed up with their parent/child to vie for the Best Parent-Child Team trophy.  Players also enjoyed the benefit of game analysis with Candidate Master Joshua Doknjas between rounds.

IMG_8990a The “Beat the Masters” side events during the lunch break were very popular.  Players were invited to sign-up to either play CM Joshua Doknjas in a timed 5 mins simult.; or play NM John Doknjas one-on-one with John having 1 min vs. 5 mins for all challengers.  All participants received a chess-related prize for their efforts.

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Players were treated to fresh fruit, bottled water, and other refreshments.  Also at the beginning of Round 3, each player found a personally addressed “Thank You” envelope at their boards which contained their individual player photo of them at their boards at Round 1, along with a free McDonald’s sandwich.

Here are the full results and some photos from the event:

Final Standings



Date:  Saturday, March 5, 2016

Special Announcement:  National Master John Doknjas and Candidate Master Joshua Doknjas will be available for game analysis with those players who notate their games.

Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC, V2Y 1Y1
Building and Room: The building is RNT (Robert N. Thompson), room RNT 124

Round Times*:  10am, 11:15am, lunch break, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm
– Award ceremony will commence immediately after the Round 5 has concluded and the final standings calculated.

*No check-in required.  You will be paired unless you have requested a bye for that round.  If you are not at your board at the designated round’s start time, your clock will be started.

Time Control:  25 mins + 5 sec. increment

Bye Requests:  1/2 point byes are allowed if requested before the start of Round 2. Email your bye requests to:

Section:  Open
Note:  Adults and juniors are welcomed to play in the Open section.
This is an unrated tournament.



  • Championship Trophy + $50
  • 2nd place Trophy
  • 3rd place Trophy
  • Top U1300 Trophy
  • Best Parent-Child Team Trophy with the highest combined score
  • Top 2 Unrated Players awards
  • Top Unrated Junior medals

Note:  Tiebreaks will be used as applicable (see FAQ for more info on tiebreaks).

Tournament Rules:  See Rules.

Details: All equipment will be provided.

Chief Arbiter:  National Master John Doknjas
Deputy Arbiter:  Candidate Master Joshua Doknjas
Chief Organizer:  Victoria Jung-Doknjas


Special Thank You to:

Winner’s Circle Trophies:

Trinity Western University:



2016 FAQ

What about parking and restaurants at venue?

  • Parking payment is available at the parking lot.  $7.50 for the whole day.
  • A full service cafeteria is available.

How do we register a Parent and Child to both play?

  • First register the child with all the necessary information, like Player’s full name, grade, school, if the child already has a chess rating or if this is the first time.  Then click “Add to Cart”.
  • On the next page, click on “Continue Shopping”, which will return you to the first page in order for you to fill in the parent’s info.  Fill in the Player’s full name and then fill in Parent of {state child’s name}.  Also indicate chess rating of if this is the first time.
  •  Then simply complete online registration with your payment.
  •  We want to make sure that we know who the Parent-Child Teams are vying for the Special Award for Best Parent-Child Team with the highest combined score.

In the event of a tie, the following tiebreaks will be used for trophies.  Cash prizes will be split equally:

  1. Direct Encounter.
  2. Cumulative Score.
  3. Cumulative Score of Opponents.

Got Questions or Need to Request a Bye?

  • Email: