The Ripley Chess Club has issued checks to the top 10 finishers in the 2018-2019 Grand Prix as mentioned at the 2018 WVCA Business Meeting. Thank you to the Ripley Chess Club and congratulations to the winners!
By the slimmest of margins, Mike Baker has won the 2018-2019 Grand Prix. Congratulations!
1. Joseph Michael Baker 61.00 2. Lewis Sanders 60.83 3. Sam Timmons 59.17 4. Edward Garner 59.00 5. Markle W Butcher 33.50 6. David Wayne Hundley 33.24 7. David Lee Bruner 27.67 8. Robert Canary 20.58 9. Brian Lucas 17.83 10. Benjamin Good 17.75 11. Michael Felton 16.75 Richard Keith Lilly 16.75 13. John Roush 14.50 14. Dan O'Hanlon 13.67 15. Jimmy Fuller 13.33 16. Marty Clevenger 11.17 17. James Reszler 9.25 18. Brian Lee Cox 9.00 19. Samuel Rhodes 8.17 20. Daniel Preece 6.67 21. Abram John Leyzorek 6.40 22. Aiden Hoeft 5.67 23. Stephen William Logan 3.50 24. Robert A Wells 3.25 25. Phillip W Setterlund Jr 3.00 26. Mike D Price 2.00 27. Craig Timmons 1.00 Levi Durfee 1.00 Rodney R Adkins 1.00
81st WV State Championship
Beckley Summer Open
WV Action Championship
Concord Southern Open
19th Mountaineer Open
Sam Timmons won his third consecutive state championship, while Mike Baker joined him as co-champion (his first). Pratik Shriwas of Ohio was 1/2 point ahead of them and took the first place prize.
John Boylin IV won the 2019 WV Junior Championship with a perfect 4-0 score.
The minutes from the 2019 WVCA Business Meeting can be found here: 2019 WVCA Business Meeting Minutes.
Of particular note is the change in membership dues from $10 to $20 (and $5 to $10 for junior). This is the first membership due change in at least 20 years and was decided based on a desire to increase the Grand Prix prize fund.
If you were paying your dues via PayPal, I have canceled the automatic payments due to the change in price. Anyone wishing to re-establish the automatic payments will need to subscribe again on the website. I apologize for the inconvenience. PayPal would not allow a modification of more than 20% to the existing subscriptions. I will attempt to notify all of the PayPal subscribers via email in the near future.
On August 18, 2019, the 26th Annual Parkersburg Homecoming Chess Tournament was held in Parkersburg, WV. Twenty-eight players from WV, OH, PA, and NY, with ratings of all levels from beginner through master and all ages including children and seniors, gathered for 9 hours at the Blennerhassett Hotel to compete in 4 rounds of chess competition. The tournament was directed by United States Chess Federation Senior Director Bob Greer, Assistant Tournament Director/Organizer Patrick Kelly, and Assistant Tournament Director, Matthew Ellis.
1st Place Tie with 4 points and 1st Place Trophy based on tie-breaks
Thomas Magar, N. Versailles, PA
This was the 8th time that Tom has finished in First Place in the Homecoming.
1st Place Tie with 4 points and 2nd Place Trophy based on tie-breaks
Lewis Sanders, Charleston, WV
Upset Trophy – player who wins against a higher rated player (greatest difference in the ratings)
David Hundley, Beckley, WV
Class Prize for Rating under 1900 with 3 points
David Hundley, Beckley, WV
Class Prize tie for Rating under 1600 with 2.5 points
Steven Aguilar, Vienna, WV
Richard Hayes, Bethesda, OH
Class Prize for Rating under 1300 with 2 points
Benjamin Lin, Pittsburgh, PA
Bob Greer presenting the trophies to the winners Thomas Magar (L) and Lewis Sanders (R)
Bob Greer presenting the upset prize trophy to David Hundley
12 players competed in the 14th Bridgeport Library tournament. John Roush and Sam Timmons won the open section with a win and two draws each. Brian Cox won the lower section with a perfect 3-0.
16 players competed in the Beckley Summer Open held on July 13, 2019. Mike Baker won the event with a score of 3.5/4. Sam Timmons and Joseph Craddock were just behind at 3/4.
Harold Mitchell won the WV Action Championship with record of 5.5-0.5. Lewis Sanders finished second at 5-1 and is the WVCA Action Champion as the highest finishing WVCA member. Dan O’Hanlon was top B-C. Brian Lucas was top D/under. Thanks to Bill Cadle and the Ripley Chess Club for hosting the event and the Ripley Senior Citizens Center for the facility.
32 players competed in the Clarksburg Open on June 1 at the Harrison County Senior Center. Ben Good and Ed Garner, who drew in round 3, won the event with 3.5/4. Sam Timmons, Marty Clevenger, and Richard Hayes of Ohio were just behind at 3/4. Johannes Schieble took the U1400 prize with 2.5/4.
The following position occurred in Good – Mitchell, Round 2. White to play and win.
The puzzle solution is Nb5! attacking b4 and c8 while defending d4.