Max Zavanelli 1946 – 2018

Max Zavanelli, originally from the Wheeling area, has passed away from cancer. Max was the winner of the 1974 WV State Championship tournament, but was ineligible to claim the title as he lived in New York at the time. He was also a Senior International Master in correspondence chess.

Max’s obituary

49th WV Scholastic Championship

Date: March 17, 2018
Site: Bridgeport Conference Center, 300 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Sections: K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12
Format: 4 round Swiss System (5 if necessary for K-8 and K-12)
Time Control: K-3/K-5 G/30 d5; K-8/K-12 G/45 d5
Entry Fee: $25 by 3/10, $30 afterwards. Advance registration required.
Check In: 7:45-8:30
Prizes: Team and individual trophies. K-12, K-8, and top female will be nominated to the Denker, Barber, and NGIT national tournaments of champions.
Online Registration:
See flyer for more details and entry form.

2016 – 2017 Final Grand Prix Standings

Sam Timmons won the 2016-2017 Grand Prix in convincing fashion. Sam collects $320 for his efforts, thanks to a $250 donation by the Ripley Chess Club.

Events Included:
2017 Action Championship
2017 Winter Open
2016 National Chess Day
17th Mountaineer Open
4th Peter DuPuy Memorial
Mid-Ohio Valley Open
79th WV State Championship

 1. Sam Timmons          77.88
 2. Ed Garner            47.75
 3. John Roush           35.75
 4. David Bruner         31.08
 5. Omkar Yadav          29.33
 6. Nicholas Palmer      29.05
 7. David Hundley        28.50
 8. John Sefton          27.25
 9. Michael Felton       26.00
10. Charles McCallister  25.50
11. Daniel Preece        23.67
12. Jimmy Fuller         23.33
13. Sefus Ellis          20.83
14. Markle Butcher       20.50
15. Joseph Craddock      19.58
16. Benjamin Good        18.17
17. David Hines          18.00
18. Nikhilesh Kunche     17.00
19. Adam Pell            15.33
20. Craig Timmons        12.50
21. Keith Lilly          11.50
22. Aaron Richardson     11.17
23. James Reszler         9.50
24. Nathaniel Palmer      8.00
    Parker Benson         8.00
26. Lewis Sanders         7.00
27. Lawrence Iorio        6.33
    Robert V Greer        6.33
29. Dan Cady              6.00
30. Gilbert Stone         5.17
31. Douglas Snuffer       4.75
    Richard Holsberry     4.75
33. Vincent Price         4.00
34. Preston Male          3.50
    Richard Greathouse    3.50
36. Cody Kropp            3.50
37. Ryan Fitzwater        2.67

79th WV State Championship

The 79th WV State Championship was held on September 9-10, 2017 at the Shall We Dance Ballroom in Mount Nebo, WV. 19 players from 3 states competed in the event. Ted Belanoff, a master with ties to WV, won the event with a 4.5/5 score. The WV championship race in the last round consisted of Ed Garner, John Roush, Ben Good, Sam Timmons, and Lewis Sanders. Ed Garner drew quickly and any non-draw on board 2 and 3 would result in a championship. John Roush outlasted Ben Good and Sam won over Lewis in a position where at one point he had 4 pawns for a bishop. John and Sam finished with 4 points to tie for 2nd-3rd. Ed finished with 3.5 just out of the prizes.

1st – Ted Belanoff 4.5
2nd-3rd – John Roush, Sam Timmons 4
U1900 1st – Sefus Ellis 3
U1900 2nd-4th – David Hundley, Joseph Craddock, Michael Felton 2
U1600 1st – Omkar Yadav 3
U1600 2nd – David Bruner 2.5
U1300 1st – Charles McCallister 3
U1300 2nd – Surya Perla 2.5

USCF Crosstable

Special thanks to Matt and Amanda Barber, owners of the Shall We Dance ballroom for supporting the event. They will also host the WV Action Championship in conjunction with their annual Missing Pieces charity tournament.

Special thanks also to Ted Belanoff for a $100 donation to the WVCA.

The Players

Playing Hall

2017 Champions Sam Timmons and John Roush

Ulf Andersson Award for Exceptional Endgame Play – Sam Timmons (versus Mike Felton)

Mikhail Tal Award for Courageous Actions and Questionable Soundness – Sefus Ellis (versus Daniel Preece)

Upset Prize – Craig Timmons (895 rating point upset versus David Hundley)