28 players from five states competed in the 83rd WV State Championship, held September 10-11 in Huntington. After 5 rounds of play, Benjamin Good emerged as the clear first with 4.5/5. Lewis Sanders and Andrew Thomas (Ohio) shared 2nd-3rd with 4 points.
1st – Benjamin Good 4.5
2nd-3rd – Lewis Sanders, Andrew Thomas 4.0
U1900 1st-2nd – Kevin Chen, John Boylin 3.5
U1600 1st – Gagana Sadineni 3.0
U1600 2nd – Michael Wilson 2.5
U1300 1st – Elijah Tipton 2.5
U1300 2nd-4th – Steve Meade, Ryan VanBibber, Tarunsai Bhumanapalli 2.0
Upset Prize – Gagana Sadineni
22 players competed in the ’22 WV Action Championship, held in Huntington on June 11. Lewis Sanders and John Boylin share the Action Championship, each scoring 5-1. 6 players tied for 3rd, including Sam Timmons, Ryan Ward, and Elijah Schultz who took home the U1700 prizes. Ryan VanBibber and Max Aguilar were 1st-2nd in the U1100 class.
Lewis has extended his lead in the Grand Prix and can likely only be caught by going into hiding and Sam Timmons winning the State Championship.
After a 2 year hiatus, the WV Scholastic Championship returned on April 2 in Clarksburg. 63 players competed in 4 sections (K-12, K-8, K-5, K-3). The winners are:
K-12: Shrihan Malkaram
K-8: John Boylin
K-5: Gagana Sadineni
K-3: Alexandrea VanMeter
Congratulations to the winners. We wish you luck at the national invitational events!
40 players competed in the Harrison County Open and Scholastic on March 5 in Bridgeport. John Roush won the open with a perfect 4-0 and Pushkal Solanki also had a perfect 4-0 in the scholastic section.
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.
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.