22 players competed in the Thomas Bergquist Memorial WV State Championship, held September 9-10 in Huntington. John Boylin was guaranteed a share of the title after starting 4-0, and had mercy on the 2022 champion, Benjamin Good, with a final round draw.
John finished a point ahead of the field to win his first state title and $200. Ben Good, Sam Timmons, Lewis Sanders, and Suneil Avirneni of Oklahoma shared the 2nd, 3rd, and U1900 prize money. David Hundley won the U1600 prize. Matthew Phelps and Clay Thompson shared the U1300 prize.
The upset prize was won by Caden Eldridge (1007) for his victory over John Roush (2000).
Benjamin Good won the WV Italian Heritage open section with a perfect 4-0 score. John Roush, Anatoly Boshkin, Sam Timmons, Elijah Schultz, and Hardy Gu tied for second with 3-1 scores. Aaron Ross won the scholastic section with a 4-0 score.
41 players competed in the Clarksburg Open and Scholastic on June 3, 2023 in Clarksburg. Lewis Sanders and Elijah Tipton shared first place in the Open Section, each scoring 3.5-0.5. Larry Du won the Scholastic with a 4-0 score.
The YMCA Spring Open was held on April 8 at the Huntington YMCA. 33 players competed in total. The Open section was won by John Boylin (surprise, surprise) with a perfect 4-0 score. Lewis Sanders, Ryan Ward, Weston Robarts, and Steven Aguilar were tied for second with 3-1. The Scholastic had a tie for first between Joe DeGroff and Tarunsai Bhumanapalli, who drew each other in round 3 and won their other games for a 3.5-0.5 score.
As the January 14 event went so well, another Mountaineer Open was held on Sunday, April 2 at the Mountainlair. 35 players competed in the rated sections. In the Open section, Lewis Sanders had a perfect 4-0, while Elijah Tipton, Kevin Speray, Hardy Gu, and Pushkal Solanki were tied for second with 3-1. The Collegiate/Scholastic section was won by William Northey with a 4-0 score. Dan Nguyen and Aditya Jain were second with 3-0.
57 players (not including the unrated section) competed in the Mountaineer Open on January 14 at the WVU Mountainlair. John Boylin won the open section with 3.5/4, while seven players tied for second at 3. Christopher Easthom won the Collegiate/Scholastic section with a perfect 4/4.
John Boylin IV is the 2022 WV Junior Champion. John finished with 4/4 in a field of 22 players. Second and third place trophies went to Gagana Sadineni and Micah Barnette, each with 3/4. The beginner class trophies went to Lance Pitrolo, Aditya Jain, and Alexandrea Van Meter, who all scored 3/4. Markle Butcher had a perfect 3/3 in the Friends & Family section. Chris and Landon Leach took home a trophy for their combined parent/child score.
Jimmy Fuller has won his third consecutive WV Senior Championship title! 10 players competed in the event, which was held in Saint Albans. Jim had 2 wins and 2 draws and has qualified to represent WV in the 6th Annual John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions.