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.
23 players competed in the 25th Annual Parkersburg Homecoming tournament, played at the Blennerhasset Hotel. Tom Magar of PA and Bob Canary tied for 1st with 3.5/4. Our state champions, John Roush and Sam Timmons were just behind them at 3/4. The U1600 winners were David Hundley and Richard Hayes (2.5/4). U1300 were Mike Price and Craig Timmons (2/4).
We also had the return of several players who have not played for some time, including Konnie Dolgovskij, David Comer, and Reggie Best.
There were eleven participants in the Beckley Summer Open at the Erma Byrd Center. There was a four-way tie for first with a score of 3-1 between Robert Canary, Sam Timmons, Joe Craddock, and David Dawson. USCF Crosstable.
The Clarksburg Open was held July 7, 2018 at the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center. 12 players competed in the Open section and six in the Unrated section. The Open was won by Ed Garner with a score of 3.5/4.
12 players competed in the 2018 WV Action Championship held in Mount Nebo, WV. The event was scheduled to run concurrently with the 3rd Annual Missing Pieces Charity Event. Unfortunately, no players showed up for the charity event, although a donation was still able to be made from the proceeds. The open section was won convincingly by Sam Timmons at 5.5/6. Three players tied for second a point and a half (!) back at 4/6.
The 18th Mountaineer Open was held on April 28, 2018 at the WVU Mountainlair. Proceeds from the event went to Empty Bowls of Monongalia County and a WVU student food pantry.
Benjamin Good and Matthew Campbell won the open section with 2 wins and 2 draws each. Daniel Preece was first U1500 with 2.5/4. Dave Hines and Mike Baker were first U1900 at 2/4.
The Scholastic Section was won by Vinu Chandrasekar with a perfect 4/4.
The event was sponsored by the WVU Chess Club and directed by Robert Greer.