Monthly Archives: June 2017

2016 – 2017 Grand Prix Standings

Events Included:
2017 Action Championship
2017 Winter Open
2016 National Chess Day
17th Mountaineer Open
4th Peter DuPuy Memorial

 1. Sam Timmons            43.88
 2. Ed Garner              29.75
 3. Nicholas Palmer        29.05
 4. Jimmy Fuller           23.33
 5. David Hundley          21.00
 6. David Bruner           17.83
 7. Markle Butcher         17.50
 8. Nikhilesh Kunche       17.00
 9. John Roush             15.75
10. Adam Pell              15.33
11. John Sefton            15.25
12. Michael Felton         13.25
13. Benjamin Good          11.17
    Daniel Preece          11.17
15. Charles McCallister    10.75
16. Sefus Ellis             9.83
    Joseph Craddock         9.83
18. James Reszler           9.50
19. Nathaniel Palmer        8.00
    Parker Benson           8.00
21. Lawrence Iorio          6.33
    Robert V Greer          6.33
    Omkar Yadav             6.33
24. Dan Cady                6.00
    David Hines             6.00
26. Gilbert Stone           5.17
    Aaron Richardson        5.17
    Keith Lilly             5.00
29. Douglas Snuffer         4.75
    Richard Holsberry       4.75
31. Preston Male            3.50
    Richard Greathouse      3.50
    Cody Kropp              3.50
34. Ryan Fitzwater          2.67

US Chess Annual Awards

Congratulations to John Roush, who is a winner of the US Chess Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Also notable is Former US Senator Jay Rockefeller, who was named as Special Friend of US Chess. See the full announcement at

4th Peter DuPuy Memorial

The 4th Peter DuPuy memorial event was held June 3, 2017 at the Benedum Civic Center in Bridgeport.

Jim Anthony, a friend of Peter DuPuy, attended the event and told us a little bit about Peter. Jim and Peter had been friends for some time, and Peter would always tell Jim how he was in the middle of playing chess on the computer when Jim would call. Charles McCallister began working for Jim at a nuclear plant in Vermont several years ago. Jim found out that Charles played chess and introduced him to Peter. The three of them were good friends from then on.

Peter had heart trouble and died seven years ago with Jim and Chuck at his side. Chuck decided to hold a memorial tournament in Peter’s honor and has held the event four times now in West Virginia where Chuck resides.

21 players attended the event, including Grandmaster Alex Shabalov of Pittsburgh, who has played in all four. Alex won the event with a 4-0 score. The running joke of the event was to see who could last the longest against him.

Lawrence Iorio was up first and lasted 19 moves before impending checkmate. Michael Felton was next and faced the same fate in 9 moves. Markle Butcher castled into fire in an 6. h3 Najdorf and lasted 22 moves.

Your webmaster (Benjamin Good) was the only other 3-0 going into the last round. I made some early mistakes and was faced with a 2 pawn disadvantage and a weakened king position. However, I had a slight bit of counterplay with an active queen and rook and weakened dark squares near Shabalov’s king. Alex thought for a good twenty minutes about how to handle the situation. He gave up one pawn to trade off the pieces, and won a rook and pawn endgame. The game was the last game to finish in the tournament and went 46 moves.

Thanks to donations from Jim Anthony and Chuck McCallister, nearly everyone received a prize. The math was a bit difficult, though!

1st – GM Alex Shabalov 4
2nd – Ed Garner 3.5

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