William H. Rice 1947-2016

Bill Rice of Elkins has passed away. He was an active member of the Elkins Chess Club and competed in the 2013 State Championship held in Elkins.

William Hargett “Bill” Rice, 69, and a resident of Elkins, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at his home, of cancer.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Belington Public Library, 510 Elliot Ave., Belington, WV 26250 or to the West Virginia Regional History Collection, 1549 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505, in memory of Bill. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for William Hargett “Bill” Rice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.

Obituary courtesy of The Inter-Mountain.

2017 WV Scholastic Chess League

The West Virginia Scholastic Chess Association is pleased to announce the beginning of the chess league for 2017. The WVSCA will manage the chess league and the United States Chess Federation (USCF) will rate the games. The matches will be held at Saint Francis Elementary School Parish Center, St. Albans, WV.

Team match dates: Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
Individual Championship: Saturday, Feb 18, 2017

Full details are available here: 2017 WVSCL.

17th Mountaineer Open

Proceeds after prizes and expenses will be donated to Empty Bowls of Monongalia County, c/o YCF, Morgantown, WV.
Date: January 14, 2017
Location: WVU Mountainlair Rhododendron Room, 1550 University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505
Format: 4 Round Swiss System, G/60 d/5.
Registration: 9:05 – 9:45
Rounds: 10-12:15-2:30-4:45 (or as announced at site)
Four Sections: Open, Scholastic Rated, Collegiate Unrated, Scholastic Unrated
Entry Fee: Open $25 by 1/4, $30 at site. Collegiate/Scholastic $10, $5 discount with non-perishable canned good
Prizes: Open – $125-75, U1900 $50, U1500/Unr $50; WVCA Grand Prix. Collegiate/Scholastic: Trophies to top three finishers.
Entries: Harrison County Chess Club, c/o Robert Greer, PO Box 4338, Clarksburg, WV 26302. Make checks payable to Harrison County Chess Club.
Info: Robert Greer, greerlaw@aol.com, 304-641-9241
Other: No smoking. ADA facitility. USCF membership required for rated sections. Boards and pieces provided; bring clocks. Sponsored and organized by WVU Chess Club and Robert Greer.

Entry Form

2016 WV Junior Championship

The 2016 WV Junior Championship was held November 12, 2016 in Clarksburg. 24 players competed in two sections. Preston Male won the overall championship with 3.5/4 and Cole McDougal won the lower section with 4/4. The full crosstable is here.

2016-junior-1 2016-junior-2

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