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Chess for charity: North Delta event to raise funds for Surrey Food Bank

Event takes place June 10 at Envision Financial’s Sunshine Hills branch (6481 120 St.)
(Black Press file photo)

Ever wanted to take on a chess master?

On Saturday, June 10, North Deltans will get the chance to test their mettle against one of B.C.’s top junior chess champions at Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard Chess Festival.

The event will benefit the Surrey Food Bank, which services the North Delta community, and is being held at the company’s Sunshine Hills branch (6481 120 St.).

For a minimum donation of $5, participants can challenge one of B.C.’s top five juniors to a blitz game, learn tips and tricks from the chess masters themselves and enjoy a BBQ, refreshments and a chance to win some great prizes.

“We’re honoured to have the Top BC Juniors partner with us to fight hunger in our community,” said Avi Kay, branch manager of the Sunshine Hills branch of Envision Financial. “Plus, when do you get a chance to play against and learn from the masters themselves?”

The Full Cupboard is Envision Financial’s signature community program, designed to raise food, funds and awareness for local food banks. Through this innovative program, Envision has committed to raising at least $1 million for local food banks over the next 10 years.

“At Envision Financial, we’re committed to making a meaningful difference in the financial lives of our members and in our local communities, which is why we’re so thrilled to be hosting this fun-filled family event in support of a very important cause,” Kay said.

Members of the public are invited to attend between 12 and 3 p.m. to either participate in, or watch, the action, and meet the five B.C. junior chess champions: FIDE master Jason Cao (B.C. champion), FIDE master John Doknjas (B.C. junior champion), FIDE candidate master Joshua Doknjas (U16 B.C. youth champion), Patrick Huang, (World Open U13 champion) and Neil Doknjas (U12 B.C. youth champion).