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.
The minutes from the 2018 WVCA Business Meeting can be found here: 2018 WVCA Business Meeting Minutes.
The most notable topic was the removal of the Bulletin Editor and At-Large Member from the Board of Directors. The WVCA Bulletin is not what it was in the days before the Internet, and we have had a hard time getting content and a willing editor. Considering that the information was available on the website, the time to retire the WVCA Bulletin has come.
Other points of interest are that $1000 from the Ripley Chess Club will be added to the 2018-2019 Grand Prix, and John Roush and Bob Greer have been made Honorary Life Members of the WVCA for their support in directing tournaments over the years.
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.
The Harrison County Chess Club got together a couple of weeks ago to say farewell to Omkar Yadav. Omkar has rapidly improved over the last year or two and we will certainly miss him. He is moving to Iowa with his parents.
We had a G/10 tournament as a send-off, which was won by Ben Good. Crosstable
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.
The latest WVCA bulletin has been released. Get it here.
74 players competed in the 49th Annual WV Scholastic Championship, held at the Bridgeport Conference Center.
Vishnu Kasireddy (Capital High) won the High School section with a perfect 4-0. 5 players were tied for second with 3 points. The Capital High School Blue team took first place team honors by 1½ points over George Washington.
Jack Morris (John Adams) won the Middle School section with a perfect 5-0. Ethan Burdette (John Adams) was second at 4.5. John Adams dominated the team scores with a 5.5 point lead over Horace Mann.
Ankit Patiblanda and Aiden Hoeft won the Elementary section with 3.5-0.5, having drawn each other in the final round. Weberwood Elementary took the team title.
Landon Jackson swept the Primary section with a 4-0 score. Mountaineer Montessori had the highest team total.