Harold Mitchell won the WV Action Championship with record of 5.5-0.5. Lewis Sanders finished second at 5-1 and is the WVCA Action Champion as the highest finishing WVCA member. Dan O’Hanlon was top B-C. Brian Lucas was top D/under. Thanks to Bill Cadle and the Ripley Chess Club for hosting the event and the Ripley Senior Citizens Center for the facility.
32 players competed in the Clarksburg Open on June 1 at the Harrison County Senior Center. Ben Good and Ed Garner, who drew in round 3, won the event with 3.5/4. Sam Timmons, Marty Clevenger, and Richard Hayes of Ohio were just behind at 3/4. Johannes Schieble took the U1400 prize with 2.5/4.
The following position occurred in Good – Mitchell, Round 2. White to play and win.
The puzzle solution is Nb5! attacking b4 and c8 while defending d4.
Ed Garner swept the field at the God Save My King XVI (that’s sixteen for the Roman Numeral-challenged) event, held on May 11 at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport.
The following position occurred between Mike Baker and Gary Garden. White has three winning moves here. Mike played the flashy Qe4!! and Gary resigned. Also winning are Kd3 and Ne4.
25 scholastic and 4 adult players competed at Simpson Elementary on March 2 in the Harrison County Scholastic Championship event. Jeremy Allman won the Middle School section with 3.5/4. William Northey won the Elementary with a perfect 4/4. Ed Garner won the Open/High School section with 3/3.
28 players competed in two rated sections at the 13th Bridgeport Library Tournament. Ben Good and Sam Timmons went 3-0 in the Open to share first place. Stephen Groves took clear first in the beginner section as the the only 3-0.
6 players made the trek to the Mountainlair on January 12 to compete in the 19th Mountaineer Open. Ed Garner finished with 3.5/4 to win clear first place.
January 12, at the Mountainlair, WVU Morgantown – Registration starts at 9:05-9:45 am in the Rhododendron Room. There are four rounds with starting times of 10 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30, and 4:45pm. There is $5 entry fee per student unless you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. This event is sponsored by the WVU Chess Club and is a charity fundraiser for hunger relief.
On January 19 and 26th, the WV Scholastic Chess League will play 6 games over two weekends in St Albans, WV at the Saint Francis Elementary School Parish Center. Registration ends at 8:45 and the first round begins about 9, play would be finished by early afternoon as they play 3 games each weekend. The January dates are a team event and trophies will be awarded to the top teams. There are two sections, a K-5 section and 6-12 section. The entry fee for this event is $36 for up to a 3-person team. An additional member can be added for $15 each for up to five on a team. Single entry fee covers both the team event and the February Individual tourney.
February 9, WV Chess League Individual Championship in St Albans, WV – At the Saint Francis Elementary School Parish Center. There will be a 9 am first round start and the number of rounds will be decided based on the number of participants in each section. Individual trophies will be awarded.
February 16, Bridgeport Library #13 will start at noon and is a three-round tournament for all comers, adult and scholastic, the entry fee is $15.00 and lunch is provided by the Library. Trophies and prize money are available.
March 22-23, 50th WV State Scholastic Championship in Charleston – Details to follow.
Bob Greer is working on hosting a tournament in Harrison County in late February or early March.
See https://www.wvsca.com/events.php for more details on the upcoming scholastic events.
A very dedicated group of six chess players braved the elements and the proximity to Christmas to play the 5th WV Senior Open.
The First place winner was defending champion Ed Garner. Second Place went to John Roush. Third Place winner was Markle Butcher.
The Over 60 and Over 70 class Prize of $100 dollars each was donated by Jim Reszler. The Over 70 award went to Dave Bruner. The over 60 prize went to John Roush.
Ed Garner and Sam Timmons shared first at the Concord Southern Open. Crosstable.
Sam Timmons and Lewis Sanders are the 2018 WV State Champions. Each finished with 3.5/5. Pratik Shriwas of Ohio won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 score.