The latest WVCA bulletin has been released. Get it here.
74 players competed in the 49th Annual WV Scholastic Championship, held at the Bridgeport Conference Center.
Vishnu Kasireddy (Capital High) won the High School section with a perfect 4-0. 5 players were tied for second with 3 points. The Capital High School Blue team took first place team honors by 1½ points over George Washington.
Jack Morris (John Adams) won the Middle School section with a perfect 5-0. Ethan Burdette (John Adams) was second at 4.5. John Adams dominated the team scores with a 5.5 point lead over Horace Mann.
Ankit Patiblanda and Aiden Hoeft won the Elementary section with 3.5-0.5, having drawn each other in the final round. Weberwood Elementary took the team title.
Landon Jackson swept the Primary section with a 4-0 score. Mountaineer Montessori had the highest team total.
I modified the website this evening to use a plugin which will better organize upcoming events. There is a link at the top to a list of the events and a list of events on the right as well. If you have any trouble finding upcoming events, please let me know.
The prize fund for the 2017-2018 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:
Mountaineer Open – April 28, Morgantown
WVCA Action Championship – June 2, Mount Nebo
Mid-Ohio Valley Open – Aug 19, Parkersburg
2018 WV State Championship – Sept 8-9, 2018, Ripley
The Harrison County Scholastic Championship was held March 10, 2018 at Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg. An Open section was held as well, but with only 5 players, a round robin was held. The winners were:
Open – Ed Garner, Markle Butcher 3.5/4
High School – Omkar Yadav 4/4
Middle School – Kishan Umeshkumar 4/4
Elementary – Ankit Patiblanda 4/4
Max Zavanelli, originally from the Wheeling area, has passed away from cancer. Max was the winner of the 1974 WV State Championship tournament, but was ineligible to claim the title as he lived in New York at the time. He was also a Senior International Master in correspondence chess.
Mike Lewis, a chess player and former teacher at East Bank High School, passed away in Pensacola, Florida on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Date: March 17, 2018
Site: Bridgeport Conference Center, 300 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Sections: K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12
Format: 4 round Swiss System (5 if necessary for K-8 and K-12)
Time Control: K-3/K-5 G/30 d5; K-8/K-12 G/45 d5
Entry Fee: $25 by 3/10, $30 afterwards. Advance registration required.
Check In: 7:45-8:30
Prizes: Team and individual trophies. K-12, K-8, and top female will be nominated to the Denker, Barber, and NGIT national tournaments of champions.
Online Registration: http://www.wvsca.com/registration
See flyer for more details and entry form.
Ed Garner, Mike Baker, and Markle Butcher (2.5/3) tied for first at the 11th Bridgeport Library tournament. 24 players competed in the event, held on February 3.
18 players competed in the 2017 WV Senior Championship. Peter Snow of Virginia won the tournament with 4.5/5. David Hines and Ed Garner, who scored 3.5/5, are the 2017 WV Senior Champions.