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.
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.