Our club

Last updated: 19-Aug-2017

Mission Statement

The online version of our club @ chess.com is located HERE
See also side menu on the left for accessing more pages with information!


From a humble beginning in September 1994 (see Milestones below) our club activity has grown in quality and reputation. Our students participate successfully at local, provincial, national and international competitions year after year. They represent with pride our club, province and Canada wherever they go.

The activity is structured based on a chess curriculum organized by levels as shown below. Images are of the famous Lewis chessmen


LEVEL  CFC rating range TIME FRAME

Level 1 - Pawn

0 to 400

See our APP

Level 2 - Knight
400 to 800


Sep 2017

Level 3 - Bishop
800 to 1100
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

Level 4 - Rook
1100 to 1400
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

Level 5 - Queen
1400 to 1700
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017

Level 6 - King
1700 to 2000
As applicable

Each level consists of a carefully planned combination of lessons, tests and official tournament games to be completed during a period of a school year.
Attending any level requires passing of the required written admission test beforehand. Testing (any level) can be taken at anytime during our classes and will determine with good accuracy what level you best fit into. Please contact us if you wish to setup your own testing!

Students personal accomplishments are listed under the "Top students" menu

  • March 2015
    Sofia Stanescu-Bellu (Michigan) finishes 2nd @ Susan Polgar Foundation Nationwide Open, San Francisco, qualifies for WYCC 2015 and wins $40K scholarship
  • September, 2014
    We celebrated 20 years of continuous activity with a new intake of level 3 students
  • April 17, 2013
    Our first chess app is released @ the iTunes store
  • September 2012
    Eugen is awarded the CM title by  FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs/ World Chess Federation)
  • September 2010:
    "Golden Knights" continues its activity as an independent club.
    Our friends "Fraser Heights Chess Club"; see Links for their contact information.
  • December 2009 - June 2010:
    "Golden Knights" and "Burnaby Junior Chess club" agreed to a limited 6 months partnership.
  • September 2008:
    "Golden Knights" returned to the original setup of one location only (in Burnaby) with a level 4 (Rook) group. Andrei left for USA.
  •  September 2007 - June 2008:
    "Golden Knights" extended their activity by opening a new location in Surrey in partnership with Ken Jensen (BC Junior Coordinator).
  • September 2007:
    Andrei and his "Silver Knights" became independent partners, moving to a separate location.
  • January 2007:
    Eugen is awarded the title of "FIDE Instructor" by FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs/ World Chess Federation); details HERE
  • February 2006:
    Port Moody Secondary won the BC Secondary School Championship trophy with 19 points out of 20 games, 3.5 points ahead of 2nd place. Team componence:
    Board 1 - Vlad Gaciu (WYCC 2005 France), grade 9 - score 5 out of 5, 1st place board 1
    Board 2 - Stefan Trandafir (WYCC 2004 Greece), grade 9 - score 5 out of 5, 1st place board 2
    Board 3 - Michael Wee (2006 BC U14 Overall Champion), grade 9 - score 5 out of 5, 1st place board 3
    Board 4 - Mihai Demian, grade 12 - score 2 out of 3
    Reserve - Ana Maria Luca (2006 BC Girls U16 Champion), grade 9 - score 2 out of 2
    Coach - Valer Eugen Demian
  • January 2005:
    The club left BC Romanian Community Centre and became independent. It changed its name to "Golden Knights" and ever since it is part of "64 fun solutions" family business. Andrei's group was named "Silver Knights".
  • September 2002:
    Andrei joined the club as an instructor for beginners.
  • June 7, 2001:
    Eugen founded a new club called "The Knights" running at BC Romanian Community Centre. The activity there stretched between 2001-2004.
  • 1995-2001:
    Eugen taught chess privately; some of his best students were Rotyslav Pylsdich, plus Sinziana and Liviu Chis.
  • September 1994:
    Eugen established his first chess club at Harbour View Elementary School in Coquitlam, BC with the help of Peter Stainton (teacher) and a few great parents. That club was active during the school year 1994-1995.
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