29 players competed in the YMCA Winter Open in Huntington, on December 11. The Open Section was a four-way tie for first between John Roush, Lewis Sanders, Sam Timmons, and Markle Butcher. Each scored 3 points. Weston Robarts swept the U1500 section with a perfect 4/4.
The 7th Annual WV Senior Championship was held on November 6, 2021 in Clarksburg. 13 players competed in the event. Jimmy Fuller repeated as Senior Champion with a score of 3.5/4. 2nd-3rd was Mike Baker and Jim Sutherland. The 70+ winner was Konnie Dolgovskij and the 60+ winner was Markle Butcher.
We will be holding the WV Scholastic Chess League in 2022! With Covid-19 and all the variants, it may be challenging, but we need to get back to some sort of normal.
We will be doing three rounds each on January 22 and 29 for the Scholastic Chess League team/school competitions. We will use the same format as in the past. February 19 will be the individual league championship.
The sections will be K-5, MS, and HS. Trophies will be awarded to the top 5 teams in the K-5 section, top 3 in MS, and top 3 in HS sections. Teams need to be registered by January 14, 2022. Entry fees will be $15/person. Make checks payable to WVSCA.
You can have up to 5 players on one team and the top three scores will be used. Schools can have multiple teams. Teammates will not play each other. However, teams within the same school may play each other. If your school doesn’t have a team, or you are being homeschooled, let me know and we will help find a team. Club teams could be formed where players may not be from the same school because the school doesn’t have a team or the student is being homeschooled. We will help form teams as needed. If you have six players from your school, you should create two three-player teams.
We will announce COVID protocols closer to league play.
We hope to have a successful chess season. We hope everyone is and remains safe and healthy.
Lewis Sanders swept the field at the YMCA Fall Open. 18 players competed. Crosstable
7 players competed in the WV Junior Championship, which was held Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Clarksburg. The event was won by Noah Stafford with a perfect 3-0 score, who earned an excellent provisional rating of 1459. One of the contestants, Pushkal Solanki, joined the open championship on Sunday and took the upset prize with a last-round win over James Reszler.
23 players attended the Summer Open in Saint Albans on August 14.
John Boylin won the open section with a perfect 3-0 score, including wins over David Hines and Lewis Sanders. John was the lowest rated player in the open section! Probably won’t be that way for long…
Carl Hudson won the U1600 with a 3-0 score.
On July 24-25, the Virginia Commonwealth Games are offering a virtual chess competition open to participants of all ages and multiple skill levels, including novice, amateur, and championship. Deadline for registration is July 22nd. For more information, please visit https://www.commonwealthgames.org/sports-listing/chess
Jimmy Fuller won the 2021 Clarksburg Open with a 4/4 score. He will represent WV in the 4th Annual John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions.
Ed Garner, Sam Timmons, and Lewis Sanders were tied for 2nd at 3/4. USCF Crosstable.
Lichess user NextFischer1 won the WVCA Fall Online Swiss with a 3-0 score. We only had 5 players, which casts doubt on whether a WVCA State Championship can be held online. Please let us know if you are willing to play in December!
Lewis Sanders won the Clarksburg Open with a perfect 4-0 score.