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2017-2018 Grand Prix Standings

The 2017-2018 Grand Prix will kick off with the Fall Open in Saint Albans on November 25. The prize fund for the Grand Prix will include a $500 donation from the Ripley Chess Club. Additionally, the top three finishers will receive $20, $10, and $5 per event, respectively. Any tournament organizer wishing to host a Grand Prix event should submit the request to the WVCA more than 30 days prior to the event. There is no longer a $10 event fee required of the organizers.

Grand Prix Event Schedule:
2017 Fall Open – Nov 25, Saint Albans
WVCA Action Championship – TBD, Mount Nebo
Mid-Ohio Valley Open – Aug 19, Parkersburg
2018 WV State Championship – Sept 8-9, 2018, Ripley

2017 Fall Open and Scholastic

Date: November 25, 2017
Location: St. Francis of Assisi, 1023 6th Ave, Saint Albans, WV 25177

Open Tournament – WVCA Grand Prix
Sections: Open, Under 1600
Format: 4 Round Swiss System
Time Control: G/60 d5
Registration: 9-9:45
Rounds: 10-12:30-3-ASAP
Entry Fee: $25
Prizes b/16: Open $100-75-50, U1600 $50-25
Entry Form

Scholastic Tournament
Sections: 700+, Under 700
Format: 3 or 4 Round Swiss System depending on entries
Time Control: U700 G/30 d5, 700+ G/45 d5
Registration: 8-8:45
Rounds: 9-ASAP
Entry Fee: $10
Prizes: Trophies to top 3 in each section
Entry Form

Concord Southern Open

Date: November 18, 2017
Site: Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, 300 University Drive, Beaver, WV 25813
Format: 4 Round Swiss System
Sections: Open, Unrated
Time Control: G/60 d5
Registration: 9-9:45
Rounds: 10-12:15-3-5:15
Entry Fee: $25 Open, $10 Unrated
Prizes: $$ based on entries
Other: No byes last round

2017 WV Senior Open

Date: December 9-10, 2017
Site: Comfort Suites, 285 White Oaks Blvd, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Format: 5 Round Swiss System, Rds 1-2 G/75 d10, Rds 3-5 G/90 d10
Sections: Senior (50+), Young’uns (21-49). Age as of 12/31/2016.
Registration: Sat 9:30-10:30. Advance entry encouraged.
Rounds: Sat 11-2:45-7, Sun 10-2:30
Entry Fee: $40 by 12/1, $50 onsite. $3 discount to WVCA members.
Prizes: Trophies to 1st-3rd each section. Cash prizes depending on entries. Top WV finisher in Senior section will be the 2017 WV Senior Champion.

Flyer and Entry Form

2016 – 2017 Final Grand Prix Standings

Sam Timmons won the 2016-2017 Grand Prix in convincing fashion. Sam collects $320 for his efforts, thanks to a $250 donation by the Ripley Chess Club.

Events Included:
2017 Action Championship
2017 Winter Open
2016 National Chess Day
17th Mountaineer Open
4th Peter DuPuy Memorial
Mid-Ohio Valley Open
79th WV State Championship

 1. Sam Timmons          77.88
 2. Ed Garner            47.75
 3. John Roush           35.75
 4. David Bruner         31.08
 5. Omkar Yadav          29.33
 6. Nicholas Palmer      29.05
 7. David Hundley        28.50
 8. John Sefton          27.25
 9. Michael Felton       26.00
10. Charles McCallister  25.50
11. Daniel Preece        23.67
12. Jimmy Fuller         23.33
13. Sefus Ellis          20.83
14. Markle Butcher       20.50
15. Joseph Craddock      19.58
16. Benjamin Good        18.17
17. David Hines          18.00
18. Nikhilesh Kunche     17.00
19. Adam Pell            15.33
20. Craig Timmons        12.50
21. Keith Lilly          11.50
22. Aaron Richardson     11.17
23. James Reszler         9.50
24. Nathaniel Palmer      8.00
    Parker Benson         8.00
26. Lewis Sanders         7.00
27. Lawrence Iorio        6.33
    Robert V Greer        6.33
29. Dan Cady              6.00
30. Gilbert Stone         5.17
31. Douglas Snuffer       4.75
    Richard Holsberry     4.75
33. Vincent Price         4.00
34. Preston Male          3.50
    Richard Greathouse    3.50
36. Cody Kropp            3.50
37. Ryan Fitzwater        2.67

79th WV State Championship

The 79th WV State Championship was held on September 9-10, 2017 at the Shall We Dance Ballroom in Mount Nebo, WV. 19 players from 3 states competed in the event. Ted Belanoff, a master with ties to WV, won the event with a 4.5/5 score. The WV championship race in the last round consisted of Ed Garner, John Roush, Ben Good, Sam Timmons, and Lewis Sanders. Ed Garner drew quickly and any non-draw on board 2 and 3 would result in a championship. John Roush outlasted Ben Good and Sam won over Lewis in a position where at one point he had 4 pawns for a bishop. John and Sam finished with 4 points to tie for 2nd-3rd. Ed finished with 3.5 just out of the prizes.

1st – Ted Belanoff 4.5
2nd-3rd – John Roush, Sam Timmons 4
U1900 1st – Sefus Ellis 3
U1900 2nd-4th – David Hundley, Joseph Craddock, Michael Felton 2
U1600 1st – Omkar Yadav 3
U1600 2nd – David Bruner 2.5
U1300 1st – Charles McCallister 3
U1300 2nd – Surya Perla 2.5

USCF Crosstable

Special thanks to Matt and Amanda Barber, owners of the Shall We Dance ballroom for supporting the event. They will also host the WV Action Championship in conjunction with their annual Missing Pieces charity tournament.

Special thanks also to Ted Belanoff for a $100 donation to the WVCA.

The Players

Playing Hall

2017 Champions Sam Timmons and John Roush

Ulf Andersson Award for Exceptional Endgame Play – Sam Timmons (versus Mike Felton)

Mikhail Tal Award for Courageous Actions and Questionable Soundness – Sefus Ellis (versus Daniel Preece)

Upset Prize – Craig Timmons (895 rating point upset versus David Hundley)

Mid-Ohio Valley Open

19 players competed in the Mid-Ohio Valley Open in Parkersburg on August 20, 2017. The open section was won by Tom Magar of PA with a perfect 4-0 score. David Hines, Sam Timmons, Omkar Yadav, and John Sefton tied for 2nd at 3-1.

Due to a budget shortfall, the Parkersburg Homecoming did not hold events on Sunday. The tournament site and name for the Parkersburg Homecoming chess tournament was changed as a result. This is the 25th year for the event.


Missing Pieces Charity Event

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The Missing Pieces Charity Chess Tournament recently celebrated its second year with an impressive showing from the community who turned out to support the organization in its annual attempt to raise both awareness and funds for The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – which boasts an AMAZING 97% recovery rate when it comes to finding our nation’s missing children!

Many hands were on deck – Maloney’s Pub’s back deck to be specific – to play and cheer on this year’s bunch of competitors. In the junior division, Mr. Maddox Smallwood of Summersville, WV, returned to successfully defend his title against an increasingly difficult lineup of competitors, while in the adult division a new champion was crowned… Mr. Michael Hennessey, an employee of Maloney’s Pub, who was reluctantly dragged into competition, served himself up his first taste of a Missing Pieces title all-the-while serving other restaurant patrons!

Maloney’s Pub graciously donated 10% of all sales during the competition, and Mr. Benjamin Good showed what a true champion is made of! Mr. Good, multi-time West Virginia State Champion and all-around “Good guy,” donated his time, his expertise, his company, and his chess books for auction at the tournament! Mr. Good played ousted individual competitors one-on-one, he handily beat 12 players in a simultaneous exhibition, and he beat the newly crowned adult champion never once looking at the board!

Missing Pieces wishes to thank all the competitors and their families and friends who turned out for the event, Maloney’s for offering the use of their space and the donation from the proceeds of the tournament sales, and Mr. Benjamin Good for his tireless efforts and incredible generosity and who continues to make the event such an amazing success!

Due to all those who attended and participated in the tournament, the book auction, the food sales (yum!), and who gave generous donations, Missing Pieces is proud to report that several hundred dollars were raised for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. If You would like to find out more about this incredible organization, please check out their website: The simplest way to donate to the NCMEC is to change all of Your Amazon purchases from to where You’ll find all of the same low prices, fast shipping, and great customer service; however, a portion of the proceeds can be directed by You to support either The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children or the charity of Your choice. To stay up-to-date with next year’s tournament please “like” Missing Pieces’ Facebook page:

Report provided by Matt Barber, organizer of the Missing Pieces Charity Event