Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mid-Ohio Valley Open

19 players competed in the Mid-Ohio Valley Open in Parkersburg on August 20, 2017. The open section was won by Tom Magar of PA with a perfect 4-0 score. David Hines, Sam Timmons, Omkar Yadav, and John Sefton tied for 2nd at 3-1.

Due to a budget shortfall, the Parkersburg Homecoming did not hold events on Sunday. The tournament site and name for the Parkersburg Homecoming chess tournament was changed as a result. This is the 25th year for the event.


Missing Pieces Charity Event

Thanks to Total Defense Internet Security Solutions, the donation to NCMEC has been doubled!

The Missing Pieces Charity Chess Tournament recently celebrated its second year with an impressive showing from the community who turned out to support the organization in its annual attempt to raise both awareness and funds for The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – which boasts an AMAZING 97% recovery rate when it comes to finding our nation’s missing children!

Many hands were on deck – Maloney’s Pub’s back deck to be specific – to play and cheer on this year’s bunch of competitors. In the junior division, Mr. Maddox Smallwood of Summersville, WV, returned to successfully defend his title against an increasingly difficult lineup of competitors, while in the adult division a new champion was crowned… Mr. Michael Hennessey, an employee of Maloney’s Pub, who was reluctantly dragged into competition, served himself up his first taste of a Missing Pieces title all-the-while serving other restaurant patrons!

Maloney’s Pub graciously donated 10% of all sales during the competition, and Mr. Benjamin Good showed what a true champion is made of! Mr. Good, multi-time West Virginia State Champion and all-around “Good guy,” donated his time, his expertise, his company, and his chess books for auction at the tournament! Mr. Good played ousted individual competitors one-on-one, he handily beat 12 players in a simultaneous exhibition, and he beat the newly crowned adult champion never once looking at the board!

Missing Pieces wishes to thank all the competitors and their families and friends who turned out for the event, Maloney’s for offering the use of their space and the donation from the proceeds of the tournament sales, and Mr. Benjamin Good for his tireless efforts and incredible generosity and who continues to make the event such an amazing success!

Due to all those who attended and participated in the tournament, the book auction, the food sales (yum!), and who gave generous donations, Missing Pieces is proud to report that several hundred dollars were raised for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. If You would like to find out more about this incredible organization, please check out their website: The simplest way to donate to the NCMEC is to change all of Your Amazon purchases from to where You’ll find all of the same low prices, fast shipping, and great customer service; however, a portion of the proceeds can be directed by You to support either The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children or the charity of Your choice. To stay up-to-date with next year’s tournament please “like” Missing Pieces’ Facebook page:

Report provided by Matt Barber, organizer of the Missing Pieces Charity Event