Chess FundamentalZ with GM DariusZ ŚwiercZ

Eighteen middle school and high school students from WV and KY attended the Huntington YMCA Chess Club’s Second Annual Chess Camp with GM Dariusz ŚwiercZ. The camp, June 26-29, included instruction on tactical as well as positional play, a simul, many, many puzzles, friendly matches and an end-of-camp four round tournament. We hope to do it again next year!

Group photo
Back row, left to right: Mark Hathaway, Zach Haden , Matt DeGroff, Clay Thompson, Oskar Meade, Matthew Phelps, Caden Eldridge, Dimitri Moore, Alex Peterson, Micah Barnette

Front row, left to right: Joe DeGroff, John Boylin, Jackson Denning, Alex Oliashirazi, Abram Hess, GM Swiercz, Duncan Bishop, Luke McCallister, Kaden Jeffers, Natasha Bradley

Photos by Seth Rutt

YMCA Spring Open

The YMCA Spring Open was held on April 8 at the Huntington YMCA. 33 players competed in total. The Open section was won by John Boylin (surprise, surprise) with a perfect 4-0 score. Lewis Sanders, Ryan Ward, Weston Robarts, and Steven Aguilar were tied for second with 3-1. The Scholastic had a tie for first between Joe DeGroff and Tarunsai Bhumanapalli, who drew each other in round 3 and won their other games for a 3.5-0.5 score.

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Mountaineer Open Again!?

As the January 14 event went so well, another Mountaineer Open was held on Sunday, April 2 at the Mountainlair. 35 players competed in the rated sections. In the Open section, Lewis Sanders had a perfect 4-0, while Elijah Tipton, Kevin Speray, Hardy Gu, and Pushkal Solanki were tied for second with 3-1. The Collegiate/Scholastic section was won by William Northey with a 4-0 score. Dan Nguyen and Aditya Jain were second with 3-0.

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Mountaineer Open

57 players (not including the unrated section) competed in the Mountaineer Open on January 14 at the WVU Mountainlair. John Boylin won the open section with 3.5/4, while seven players tied for second at 3. Christopher Easthom won the Collegiate/Scholastic section with a perfect 4/4.

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WV Junior Championship

John Boylin IV is the 2022 WV Junior Champion. John finished with 4/4 in a field of 22 players. Second and third place trophies went to Gagana Sadineni and Micah Barnette, each with 3/4. The beginner class trophies went to Lance Pitrolo, Aditya Jain, and Alexandrea Van Meter, who all scored 3/4. Markle Butcher had a perfect 3/3 in the Friends & Family section. Chris and Landon Leach took home a trophy for their combined parent/child score.

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