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.
Tim Goan has passed away at the age of 62. The obituary can be found here.
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.
Chess Camp with GM Dariusz Świercz
The Huntington-YMCA Chess Club announces Chess Fundamentals with GM Dariusz Świercz
This is a 3-day chess camp with study of strategy, calculations, endgames, and more! June 27, 28, and 29th at the Phil Cline YMCA, 917 Ninth St., Huntington, WV 25701 for the first 20 young people age 12-18. Fee: $100 per student, non-refundable
Registration and Payment or Inquiries: HuntingtonChess@gmail.com
GM Dariusz Świercz (FIDE 2664) is a Polish-American chess Grandmaster. In 2011, Świercz won the World Junior Chess Championship. In 2016 he won the 3rd Millionaire Chess tournament. In 2019 he represented the United States in World Team Championships. He also earned a wildcard spot in the prestigious 2021 Sinquefield Cup.
The Charleston Chess Club will resume weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm starting March 2, 2022 at the Dunbar City Hall at 210 12th Street, Dunbar, WV 25064. Hope to see you there!