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William H. Rice 1947-2016

Bill Rice of Elkins has passed away. He was an active member of the Elkins Chess Club and competed in the 2013 State Championship held in Elkins.

William Hargett “Bill” Rice, 69, and a resident of Elkins, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at his home, of cancer.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Belington Public Library, 510 Elliot Ave., Belington, WV 26250 or to the West Virginia Regional History Collection, 1549 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505, in memory of Bill. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for William Hargett “Bill” Rice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Obituary courtesy of The Inter-Mountain.

2016 WVCA Business Meeting

The business meeting of the WVCA was held September 3, 2016 before the first round of the State Championship. Two things of note: the Ripley Chess Club is donating $250 to the Grand Prix prize fund and the format and date for the State Championship is no longer fixed.

These are the requirements for the State Championship going forward:
– 5 rounds or longer
– G/75 or longer
– Held between August 1 and October 31

The 2017 State Championship will be held in Mt. Nebo, just outside of Summersville. Expect a 2-day 5-round event with a shorter time control for rounds 1 and 2.

The 2017 Action Championship will be held in Ripley.

President – John Roush
Vice President – James Fields
Secretary-Treasurer – Ben Good
Bulletin Editor – Mike Baker
At-Large Member – David Bruner

Delgate to USCF – Lewis Sanders, Charles McCallister alternate

2016 Meeting Minutes

Format for the WV State Championship

The WV State Championship has been a 6 round event held over Labor Day since 1945. Over the past several years, people have mentioned that they cannot keep up with a 3 day event on a holiday weekend. We’d like to get some opinions and possibly propose an amendment to the bylaws for a vote at this year’s tournament. So, what do you say?

What is your preferred format for the WV State Championship?

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New Website Design

Hello everyone! I’ve migrated the website from custom code to the WordPress platform. I hope you’ll all agree that the site is a little bit more readable and it will definitely be easier to maintain. Feel free to leave me feedback at

State Champions Trophy Retired

The rotating State Champions trophy in use since the late 90s has been filled up. It was decided that the player whose name appeared the most times be given the trophy. That was Mark Hathaway – all of his 7 State Championships are represented here.