Benu Rellan has written an article about the Chess Camp with GM Swiercz for the September 2023 Chess Life. Well done!
Here are the the minutes from the annual business meeting:
2023 WVCA Business Meeting Minutes
Eighteen middle school and high school students from WV and KY attended the Huntington YMCA Chess Club’s Second Annual Chess Camp with GM Dariusz ŚwiercZ. The camp, June 26-29, included instruction on tactical as well as positional play, a simul, many, many puzzles, friendly matches and an end-of-camp four round tournament. We hope to do it again next year!
Back row, left to right: Mark Hathaway, Zach Haden , Matt DeGroff, Clay Thompson, Oskar Meade, Matthew Phelps, Caden Eldridge, Dimitri Moore, Alex Peterson, Micah Barnette
Front row, left to right: Joe DeGroff, John Boylin, Jackson Denning, Alex Oliashirazi, Abram Hess, GM Swiercz, Duncan Bishop, Luke McCallister, Kaden Jeffers, Natasha Bradley
Photos by Seth Rutt
Dale Eggleton of the Charleston Chess Club has passed away at age 74. His obituary can be seen here.
James Gikas, 63, of Wheeling, WV passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021. Obituary
49 players competed in the Chess Day Open and Scholastic on October 8, 2022 in Clarksburg. In the open section, John Boylin IV and Elijah Tipton had a perfect 4/4. Nathaniel des Ruisseau had 4/4 in the Scholastic, then entered into the Open section and finished with 2 more wins (and 2 half-point byes). Pushkal Solanki swept the Elementary section with 4/4 (and one draw in the open section).
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.
The minutes from the 2022 WVCA Business Meeting can be found here: 2022 WVCA Business Meeting Minutes
The WVU Chess Club has resumed in person meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Mountainlair. They are playing in the Side Pocket room, on the bottom floor behind the bowling alley.
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.