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WV Scholastic Chess League

The Team portion of the WV Scholastic Chess league is complete. Weberwood Kings took first over Kelsch Budwany on tiebreaks in the K-5 section. The Camden Crusaders dominated the MS/HS section (four of them scored a perfect 6-0!). The USCF crosstable can be found here.

Pictured is the MS/HS winning team, the Camden Crusaders.

2023-2024 Grand Prix Standings

Standings after 1 event
Events included: 23rd Mountaineer Open

 1. Benjamin M Good            21.00
 2. Lewis F Sanders            10.90
    Hardy Gu                   10.90
 4. David F Hines               7.25
 5. Sam Timmons                 6.00
    Elijah David Schultz        6.00
    James William Sutherland    6.00
    David Wayne Hundley         6.00
    Cortland Nesley             6.00
    Christopher Leach           6.00
11. Vishwadhipa Venkata Voore   4.75
12. Lawrence E Iorio            3.50
    Lance Pitrolo               3.50
    Luke Garlick                3.50
15. Pushkal Solanki             2.25
16. Markle W Butcher            1.00

WV Junior Championship

John Boylin, our resident championship collector, has added another to his list. John went 4-0 and is now the Junior Champion as well as the Action and overall State Champion. No one has ever held all of these at the same time before! If he could simultaneously be under 21 and over 50 I imagine he’d have all 4 titles.

Landon Leach and Ishaal Patel tied for the beginner section and Markle Butcher won the Friends and Family Section.

USCF Crosstable

WV Senior Championship

21 players competed in the 2023 WV Senior Championship, held in Bridgeport on November 4. Mark Eidemiller from PA won the tournament with a perfect 4/4. Lewis Sanders and David Hines tied for second with 3 points and are the 2023 WV Senior Co-Champions. Lewis will represent WV in the Irwin Tournament of Senior Champions.


USCF Crosstable

2022-2023 Grand Prix Final Standings

Events Included: Action Championship, Chess Day, Concord Southern Open, Mountaineer Open 1/14, Mountaineer Open 4/2, YMCA Spring Open, Clarksburg Open, WV Italian Heritage Open, Thomas Bergquist Memorial

 1. Lewis F Sanders          131.17    $360
 2. John Boylin IV           114.75    $180
 3. Markle W Butcher          60.17     $90
 4. Benjamin M Good           50.50
 5. John Everett Roush        48.65
 6. Sam Timmons               47.07
 7. Hardy Gu                  45.06
 8. David Wayne Hundley       34.83
 9. James A Fuller II         26.83
10. Elijah David Schultz      24.73
11. Cortland Nesley           22.58
12. Josh A Rubino             19.16
13. Pushkal Solanki           18.75
14. Weston James Robarts      18.50
15. Christopher Leach         15.25
16. David Comer               15.09
17. Steven Aguilar            13.50
18. Charles B Adams           13.25
19. Ryan Ward                 12.50
20. Edward A Garner	      12.00
    James William Sutherland  12.00
22. Allen D Farley            11.75
23. Dustin Andrew Booker      11.50
24. John Szasz III            11.00
25. Ryan T VanBibber          10.67
26. Craig Timmons             10.50
27. Caden Neal Eldridge        8.33
28. Gary Denver Cummings       7.50
29. Tristan A Johnston         7.33
30. Max Aiden Aguilar          7.00
    Vishwadhipa Venkata Voore  7.00
32. Cameron H Collins          6.67
33. David F Hines              6.00
    Michael Felton             6.00
35. Luke Garlick               5.75
36. Kenneth Alan Ross          3.50
    Richard Keith Lilly        3.50
    Richard T Holsberry        3.50
    Robert Lawrence Rogers     3.50
40. Noah Hamilton              3.00
41. Brayden Charles Owens      2.25
42. Aditya Jain                1.00
    Meghan Elkins              1.00

Thomas Bergquist Memorial

22 players competed in the Thomas Bergquist Memorial WV State Championship, held September 9-10 in Huntington. John Boylin was guaranteed a share of the title after starting 4-0, and had mercy on the 2022 champion, Benjamin Good, with a final round draw.

John finished a point ahead of the field to win his first state title and $200. Ben Good, Sam Timmons, Lewis Sanders, and Suneil Avirneni of Oklahoma shared the 2nd, 3rd, and U1900 prize money. David Hundley won the U1600 prize. Matthew Phelps and Clay Thompson shared the U1300 prize.

The upset prize was won by Caden Eldridge (1007) for his victory over John Roush (2000).

Crosstable