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2021-2022 Grand Prix Final Standings

Events Included: WV State Championship, Clarksburg Open, WV Action Championship, YMCA Fall Open, YMCA Winter Open, Greater Beckley Open

 1. Lewis F Sanders          108.33
 2. Sam Timmons               59.92
 3. Elijah David Schultz      43.07
 4. Benjamin M Good           41.70
 5. John Boylin IV            41.33
 6. Markle W Butcher          41.17
 7. James A Fuller II         40.02
 8. Weston James Robarts      36.70
 9. John Everett Roush        29.08
10. Ryan Ward                 25.87
11. Gary Denver Cummings      23.42
12. Gagana Sadineni           21.83
13. James Daniel Preece       21.40
14. Ryan T VanBibber          20.55
15. Malachi Hunter Bowen      18.83
16. Katherine Ellen King      17.55
17. David Wayne Hundley       16.30
18. Steven Aguilar            13.00
19. Cortland Nesley           12.83
20. Allen D Farley            12.25
21. Edward A Garner           11.58
22. James William Sutherland  11.00
    Joseph Baker              11.00
24. Robert Canary             10.90
25. Mike D Price              10.17
26. Max Aiden Aguilar          8.92
27. Michael James Wilson       8.00
    Richard Allen Marker       8.00
29. David F Hines              7.25
    Michael Felton             7.25
31. John G Sefton              6.00
    Noah Alexander Stafford    6.00
    Russell Wilson             6.00
34. Tarunsai Bhumanapalli      5.80
35. Shrihan Acharya Malkaram   5.75
    Sohan Kukkillaya           5.75
37. James Reszler              4.50
38. Bryon Boltz                4.33
    Logan Wotring              4.33
40. Jimmy Farmer               4.00
41. Richard Keith Lilly        3.50
    Winfield Scott Thompson    3.50
43. Richard Joseph Hubbard     3.00
44. Dustin Lynn Coffman        2.67
45. Levi Micah Durfee          2.25
    Josh Rubino                2.25
47. Aaron Ross                 1.00
    Stephen William Logan      1.00

Email Scam Attempts

Someone is pretending to be Craig Timmons, our WVCA president, in emails to various club contacts. If you receive a strange email with Craig’s name and an email address that ends in naver dot com, please disregard it.

83rd WV State Championship

28 players from five states competed in the 83rd WV State Championship, held September 10-11 in Huntington. After 5 rounds of play, Benjamin Good emerged as the clear first with 4.5/5. Lewis Sanders and Andrew Thomas (Ohio) shared 2nd-3rd with 4 points.

1st – Benjamin Good 4.5
2nd-3rd – Lewis Sanders, Andrew Thomas 4.0
U1900 1st-2nd – Kevin Chen, John Boylin 3.5
U1600 1st – Gagana Sadineni 3.0
U1600 2nd – Michael Wilson 2.5
U1300 1st – Elijah Tipton 2.5
U1300 2nd-4th – Steve Meade, Ryan VanBibber, Tarunsai Bhumanapalli 2.0
Upset Prize – Gagana Sadineni


2022 Barber, Rockefeller, and Irwin Representatives

John Boylin, Gagana Sadineni, and James Fuller represented WV in the 2022 Barber (Middle School Champions), Rockefeller (Elementary Champions), and Irwin (Senior Champions). Facing very stiff competition from across the US, each represented us well. John finished with 3/6 in the Barber tournament, while Gagana and James each had 2/6 in their events.

Chess Fundamentals Camp in Huntington

14 students, ages 12-17, from WV and the tri-state area participated in the first ever chess camp in WV. Organized by the Huntington YMCA Chess Club, and sponsored by HIMG, Camden Park, Delta Hotels, Paris Signs, and Dan O’Hanlon, Chess Fundamentals was taught by St. Louis and CA-based GM Dariusz Swiercz.

Three days of intense instruction, games, puzzles, simuls, a mini tournament, lots of snacks and a pizza party left the participants tired, happy, and full of new chess skills and strategies. As one camper stated, “I did not think it would be this much fun!”

GM Swiercz loved Huntington and enjoyed working with the students. The Huntington YMCA Chess club hopes this will be an annual event.

Photo Album
Article by the Herald-Dispatch

2022 WV Action Championship

22 players competed in the ’22 WV Action Championship, held in Huntington on June 11. Lewis Sanders and John Boylin share the Action Championship, each scoring 5-1. 6 players tied for 3rd, including Sam Timmons, Ryan Ward, and Elijah Schultz who took home the U1700 prizes. Ryan VanBibber and Max Aguilar were 1st-2nd in the U1100 class.

Lewis has extended his lead in the Grand Prix and can likely only be caught by going into hiding and Sam Timmons winning the State Championship.

USCF Crosstable