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Robert McFetridge 
Robert McFetridge 

Robert McFetridge Bishops of Bowser Chess Club

club equipment sponsored by


Bowser Builders Chess Tournament No More


I have notified Betsy and Mac at Bowser Builders that I will not be able to organise the annual tournament in 2019. Though I regret that we will not have the annual Bowser Builders Chess Tournament this year I am proud of what we have achieved since we had our first tournament in 2009 at the Bowser Legion hall. We have met some incredible chess players and established connections with the Victoria Chess club that were invaluable in getting our tournaments up and running. Elliot Raymer from Victoria was instrumental as our first Tournament Director when he was only 15 years of age. Roger Patterson as president of the Victoria Chess Club and President of the B.C. Chess Federation was tremendously supportive of our club and our tournaments. Paul Leblanc and his wife Louise also of Victoria have supported our tournaments almost every year.


Our tournaments were attended by the top chess players in B.C. over the years as can be seen by the names on our trophies. One of the more exciting memories was the participation of a very young Jason Cao in our first tournament only two months before he won the U10 category in the World Junior Championships in Greece. The Doknjas family of Surrey have been participants in our tournaments in latter years and have enhanced the reputation of our little tournament. On the ladies side we were honoured to have hosted Valeria Gansvind of Victoria in 2014.


Other notable competitors included Mark Dutton of Victoria in 2017, Jonathon Berry of Nanaimo in 2016 and Tom Sprandel of the Evanston Illinois Chess Club was TD in 2011.


I wish to extend thanks to Victoria Doknjas for her assistance in preparation of the following table of tournament results for the successive years.



year  first  second  ladies junior TD  sponsors 
2018  Joshua Doknjas John Doknjas  Victoria Doknjas  Neil Doknjas  Robert McFetridge 

Bowser Builders Supply 
2017  John Doknjas  Joshua Doknjas  Victoria Doknjas  Neil Doknjas 

Bowser Builders Supply

Betsy Poel and Mac Snobelin      

2016  Joshua Doknjas Ian Martinovsky Victoria Doknjas  Neil Doknjas and Patrick Huang 
2015  Jason Cao  Roger Patterson  Lucette Fuerst  Patrick Huang 
2014  John Doknjas  Joshua Doknjas  Valeriya Gansvind  Neil Doknjas 
2013  Roger Patterson  Tony Weller  Lucette Fuerst  Patrick Huang 
2012  Paul Leblanc  Rick Martinson  Lucette Fuerst  Patrick Huang  Tom Sprandel
2011 Neil Cruden Rick Martinson no contender

Nick Peters (u - 15)

Jason Cao (u - 10) 

Tom Sprandel
2010 Brian McLaren Elliot Raymer Lucette Fuerst Willem Kuhn Elliot Raymer

Regional District of Nanaimo (Rec and Parks),

Qualicum Bay Lions Club, TOMM's Food Village

2009 Roger Patterson Philip Boyle (Rick Martinson 3rd) Lucette Fuerst

Bohang Zhang (u15 - 1st)

Bryce Wilson (u15 - 2nd)

Jason Cao (u10 - 1st)

Iden Ghitterman (u10 - 2nd)

Elliot Raymer

Regional District of Nanaimo (Rec and Parks), Qualicum Bay Lions Club, TOMM's

Food Village, Nancy Bolche Remax QB, Nile Creek Fly Shop, Bowser Woodworking




Since 2013 for our 5th tournament Bowser Builders have sponsored the tournaments by purchasing the prizes for first and second place. This year they also provided a light breakfast and lunch with coffee for competitors and friends. The entire chess community and the Bishops of Bowser owe a debt of gratitude to Mac and Betsy for their support.


On behalf of the Bishops of Bowser, thanks to one and all.


Robert McFetridge, archbishop



Our Saturday caual chess is at the Lighthouse Community Hall on Lions Way, Qualicum Bay, at noon to 430.  We charge $5 each to cover rental and complimentary coffee and tea.  Equipment is supplied though I don't usually bring a clock.  If you want me to bring one or two let me know in advance.

All welcome

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Results of the 2018 10th Annual Bowser Builders Open Chess Tournament

Sunday August 12 at the Bowser Legion

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Bayside Cafe in Courtenay
During (March 25 to April 8 2017) we have been playing in Courtenay to allow our Bishop Gogs to join us as he has been ill and is undergoing surgery in May.  Our hosts at the Bayside Cafe on Cliffe Street have been great.  We are returning to the Lighthouse Community Hall on April 15.
Jack and Michael at the Bayside in Courtenay on April 8 2017

170 Years of Chess Experience
Lucette Fuerst 86 of Nanoose Bay and Fritz Kreis 84 of Campbell River play at Henry's Kitchen June 11, 2016

A few of our Bishops
Garry Wallinga from Parksville  
Gogs Gagnon from Courtenay

Jack Freisen from Courtenay

Gary Russell from Parksville

Tom Sprandel has returned for a couple of
months to Nanaimo but now living in Seattle
Wood German knight set donated to the club by Tom.

Ed Jewer and family have returned after 6 months in Lucca Italy where they planned to settle so it was a surprise to see Ed and his wife Elidah, back at Henry's Kitchen on April 9 2016 having abandoned plans to stay in Italy.  On left Ed is playing chess in a plaza in Florence.  On the right Ed with his prized 1960s Bianchi bicycle that he purchased while there.

Fritz Kreis from Campbell River has been driving down to play some chess.

Visitors Nathen (L) and Coulten (R) from Parksville and Horne Lake on May 14 2016




Don't forget to get your Bishops of Bowser T-shirt.  Supplies are limited.  See the sidebar for details.

We are the Bishops of Bowser, a group of casual chess players.  Bowser is a village on Vancouver Island north of Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach.  Incidentally, William Bowser was BCs 17th premier (1915-16).



 Join us at Lighthouse Community Hall in Qualicum Bay at noon on Saturdays for casual chess. We charge $5 per week to cover hall rental and complimentary coffee.  Club sets are available so no need to bring your own.






For information about our club and upcoming tournaments contact


Robert McFetridge

250 757-8709




Magnolia Court at Right

Looking south across from the Legion - Magnolia Court and TOMMs Food Village in the Background


Bowser Legion 211 on 19A in Bowser (hall door on right) location of August tournaments



since August 17,2010



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