2016 National Chess Day

34 players attended the 2016 National Chess Day event in St. Albans. 14 players competed in the Open Section, won by John Roush with a score of 3.5/4. John Roush takes the early lead in the 2016-2017 Grand Prix, followed closely by Markle Butcher and David Bruner.


Missing Pieces Charity Chess Tournament

The Missing Pieces Charity Chess Tournament was a non-rated event held in Summersville on September 24, 2016. 6 adults and 2 children from the Nicholas County area competed to raise over $1,000 for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Jim Adkins of Mount Nebo won the single-elimination event.

3-time State Champion Benjamin Good attended the event and played a simultaneous exhibition, going 12-0. Ben tried his hand at a blindfold game with Chris Smallwood, runner-up of the main event, but forgot about one of the pieces, blundered his queen and lost.

Next year we plan on holding the event some time before the State Championship, with both rated and non-rated sections.

Event Photos

78th WV State Championship

19 players participated in the 78th WV State Championship, held in Charleston from September 3 to September 5.

FM Nikhilesh Kunche and Dr. Armando Lopez, who drew each other in Round 3, are the 2016 WV State Champions. FM Kunche took the individual trophy on tiebreaks. They both scored 5.5-0.5. Nathaniel Eerenberg and James Fuller tied for third with 4-2.

5 players participated in a round robin Blitz Championship, which was won by Dr. Lopez with a 4-0 score.

The crosstable can be seen here.

2016 Co-Champions Felton - Mahan Sanders - Bruner Round 1 Action Kunche - Sanders Cummings - Sanders Timmons - Cummings McCallister - Timmons Tournament Site

2015 – 2016 Grand Prix Final Standings

Lewis Sanders won the 2015-2016 Grand Prix.

Events included:
2015 National Chess Day, 2015 St. Francis Fall Open, 2015 WV Senior Open, 2016 Winter Open, 2016 Action Championship, 24th Parkersburg Homecoming, 78th WV State Championship

 1. Lewis Sanders       52.83
 2. Nikhilesh Kunche    41.92
 3. David Bruner        41.83
 4. John Roush          37.83
 5. Dan Cady            37.67
 6. Markle Butcher      34.92
 7. Joseph Baker        33.33
 8. James Fuller        28.67
 9. Ed Garner           28.17
10. Mike Felton         27.83
11. Charles McCallister 27.67
12. Armando Lopez       27.17
13. Sam Timmons         22.08
14. Boyd Reed           18.58
15. David Hundley       18.50
16. Marvin Boyce        14.50
17. Bob Canary          14.00
18. Bill Haynes         11.50
19. Surya Perla          8.00
20. Ben Good             7.50
21. Nathaniel Eerenberg  7.33
    Andre Linsky         7.33
23. Tyler Barnhart       6.83
24. Marty Clevenger      6.67
    Daniel Preece        6.67
26. Edward Shade         6.50
27. Mayor Bob            6.33
28. Anthony Francis      6.00
29. Gary Cummings        5.17
30. Jim Fields           5.00
    Ryan Ward            5.00
    Chris Greer          5.00
33. Mike Price           4.92
34. James Olson          3.50
35. Miller Bushong       3.33
36. Alex Chouinard       1.67

2016 WVCA Business Meeting

The business meeting of the WVCA was held September 3, 2016 before the first round of the State Championship. Two things of note: the Ripley Chess Club is donating $250 to the Grand Prix prize fund and the format and date for the State Championship is no longer fixed.

These are the requirements for the State Championship going forward:
– 5 rounds or longer
– G/75 or longer
– Held between August 1 and October 31

The 2017 State Championship will be held in Mt. Nebo, just outside of Summersville. Expect a 2-day 5-round event with a shorter time control for rounds 1 and 2.

The 2017 Action Championship will be held in Ripley.

President – John Roush
Vice President – James Fields
Secretary-Treasurer – Ben Good
Bulletin Editor – Mike Baker
At-Large Member – David Bruner

Delgate to USCF – Lewis Sanders, Charles McCallister alternate

2016 Meeting Minutes

3rd WV Senior Championship and Open Tournament

Date: December 17 – 18, 2016
Site: Comfort Suites, 285 White Oaks Blvd, Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330
Hotel Rates: $79.00/night group room rate Friday & Saturday evenings. Call 304-933-3390 for reservations, ask for Chess Tournament room block. Rooms are likely to sell out, reserve early if you want to stay on site!
Sections: Senior (ages 50 & up only), Young’uns (ages 21-49 only). Age as of December 31, 2015.
Format: 5 round Swiss System. Rounds 1-2 G/75,d10. Rounds 3-5 G/90 d10.
Registration: Sat 9:30-10:30.
Rounds: Sat 11-2:45-7; Sun 10-2:30
Byes: One ½-point bye any round, commit by end of round 2.
Entry Fee: $40 for entries postmarked by 12/10, $50 thereafter. $3 discount for WVCA members. Advance entries are very much appreciated so we can gauge turnout for this new event.
Prizes: Trophies to 1st-3rd each section; additional class or age trophies depending on advance entries. 1st place WVCA member and WV resident will be WVCA 2016 Senior Champion.
Entries: Mail entry with check payable to Harrison County Chess Club, PO Box 4338, Clarksburg, WV 26301. On site entries, cash only, no checks. Entry Form
Contact: Robert L. Greer, Harrison County Chess Club, P.O. Box 4338, Clarksburg, WV 26301, GreerLaw@aol.com (preferred) or 304-641-9241 (leave message).
Sets provided, please bring clocks!
Sponsored & Organized by Harrison County Chess Club

2016 WV Junior Championship

Open to all Chess Players under the age of 18
Date: November 12, 2016
Site: Notre Dame High School, 127 E Pike St., Clarksburg, WV  26301
Format: 4 round Swiss System, G/60 no delay
Registration: 9:00
Rounds: 10-ASAP.
Entry Fee: $10 by 11/1, $15 at site. WVCA membership required, other states accepted for out-of-state players.
  Beginner:  For Unrated Players or Players Rated Under 500
  Intermediate: For Players Rated 500 to 899
  Championship: For Players Rated 900 & Over
Prizes: Trophy to top three Individuals in each section. There will also be a team trophy awarded to the Top school team. To qualify as a team, your school must have 4 or more entrants. Team score is the sum of the results of the 4 highest scoring members on the team irrespective of section. The top placed WVCA member in the Championship division will be the 2016 WVCA Junior Champion.

Flyer/Entry Form

24th Annual Parkersburg Homecoming

Twenty players participated in the 24th Annual Parkersburg Homecoming tournament. Grant Perks from Ohio was the winner at 4-0, with Mike Felton just behind him at 3.5.

1st: Grant Perks, Thornville, Ohio.
2nd: Michael Felton, Grafton
3rd, tie: David Hines, Wiley Ford; John Everett Roush, Ripley; Lewis Sanders, Charleston.
Under 1800: Matthew Campbell, Morgantown.
Under 1300: Charles McCallister, Ripley.

Non-Rated Results:
1st: Gavin Yost, Davisville
2nd: Anthony Jenkins Walker


Winner Grant Perks

Winner Grant Perks

Non-rated Winner Gavin Yost

Non-rated Winner Gavin Yost

Non-rated 2nd Place Anthony Jenkins

Non-rated 2nd Place Anthony Jenkins