28 players competed in two rated sections at the 13th Bridgeport Library Tournament. Ben Good and Sam Timmons went 3-0 in the Open to share first place. Stephen Groves took clear first in the beginner section as the the only 3-0.
1. Edward Garner 29.25 2. Sam Timmons 13.50 3. Markle W Butcher 12.50 4. Robert Canary 8.58 5. Joseph Michael Baker 8.00 6. David Lee Bruner 7.00 7. Richard Keith Lilly 5.75 James Reszler 5.75 9. David Wayne Hundley 3.50 10. Robert A Wells 3.25
Concord Southern Open
19th Mountaineer Open
6 players made the trek to the Mountainlair on January 12 to compete in the 19th Mountaineer Open. Ed Garner finished with 3.5/4 to win clear first place.
January 12, at the Mountainlair, WVU Morgantown – Registration starts at 9:05-9:45 am in the Rhododendron Room. There are four rounds with starting times of 10 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30, and 4:45pm. There is $5 entry fee per student unless you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. This event is sponsored by the WVU Chess Club and is a charity fundraiser for hunger relief.
On January 19 and 26th, the WV Scholastic Chess League will play 6 games over two weekends in St Albans, WV at the Saint Francis Elementary School Parish Center. Registration ends at 8:45 and the first round begins about 9, play would be finished by early afternoon as they play 3 games each weekend. The January dates are a team event and trophies will be awarded to the top teams. There are two sections, a K-5 section and 6-12 section. The entry fee for this event is $36 for up to a 3-person team. An additional member can be added for $15 each for up to five on a team. Single entry fee covers both the team event and the February Individual tourney.
February 9, WV Chess League Individual Championship in St Albans, WV – At the Saint Francis Elementary School Parish Center. There will be a 9 am first round start and the number of rounds will be decided based on the number of participants in each section. Individual trophies will be awarded.
February 16, Bridgeport Library #13 will start at noon and is a three-round tournament for all comers, adult and scholastic, the entry fee is $15.00 and lunch is provided by the Library. Trophies and prize money are available.
March 22-23, 50th WV State Scholastic Championship in Charleston – Details to follow.
Bob Greer is working on hosting a tournament in Harrison County in late February or early March.
See https://www.wvsca.com/events.php for more details on the upcoming scholastic events.
A very dedicated group of six chess players braved the elements and the proximity to Christmas to play the 5th WV Senior Open.
The First place winner was defending champion Ed Garner. Second Place went to John Roush. Third Place winner was Markle Butcher.
The Over 60 and Over 70 class Prize of $100 dollars each was donated by Jim Reszler. The Over 70 award went to Dave Bruner. The over 60 prize went to John Roush.
Ed Garner and Sam Timmons shared first at the Concord Southern Open. Crosstable.
Here is the announcement for the 2019 WV Scholastic Chess League. Team play is on January 19 and 26. The individual tournament is on February 9.
There will be an announcement forthcoming for the 50th WV Scholastic Chess Championships on March 24 once the details are finalized.
Jerry Engle of St. Albans has passed away at the age of 61. His obituary can be found here.
We are sad to announce that Marvin R. Barker, Jr., known as Joe to most of us, has passed away.
Joe Barker’s visitation will be Friday, October 5, 2018 at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street East, Charleston at 1 pm. Service to follow at 2 pm.
Here is one of Ed Garner’s games from the Senior Invitational Tournament held during the summer. Ed had the advantage in the opening, but let it slip. His opponent then made a mistake in a winning endgame and the game ended in a draw.