2016 – 2017 Grand Prix Standings

Events Included:
2016 National Chess Day
17th Mountaineer Open

1. John Everett Roush	 15.75
2. Markle W Butcher	 11.50
   David Lee Bruner	 11.50
4. John G Sefton          8.25
5. Michael Felton         6.00
6. Richard T Holsberry    4.75
7. Richard I Greathouse   3.50
8. Charles R McCallister  1.00

17th Mountaineer Open

The 17th Mountaineer Open was held Saturday, January 14, at the WVU Mountainlair. Proceeds after prizes ($220 plus canned goods) were donated to Empty Bowls of Monongalia County. 21 players competed in the Open Section, which was won by Josh Matti. 9 players competed in the rated scholastic section, won by Matthew Ellis. Special thanks to Viraat Das, a Morgantown High student, who organized the event.

Coverage from the Dominion Post:

USCF Crosstable

2017 WV Action Championship

A WVCA Grand Prix Event.
Date: June 10, 2017
Site: Jackson County Public Library, 208 N Church St, Ripley, WV 25271
Format: 6 Round Swiss System, G/30 no delay
Registration: 9-9:45
Rounds: 10-11:15-1-2:15-3:30-4:45
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes (b/20): $125-75, U1900 $50, U1500/Unrated $50.
Entries: John Roush, 114 Chloe Drive, Ripley, WV 25271. Make checks payable to Ripley Chess Club.
Info: jroush@wvsspa.org, 304-550-4103
Misc: No Smoking, ADA facility.
WVCA membership required for in-state players.

2017 Action Championship Entry Form

3rd WV Senior Championship

The 2016 edition of the WV Senior Championship was held December 17-18, 2016. 18 players competed from 4 states at the Comfort Suites in Bridgeport. The event was combined into one section, which was won by Peter Snow of Virginia and Sam Timmons of Saint Albans. The senior title went to John Roush, who was 1/2 point back from Snow and Timmons.


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