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.
Mike Lewis, a chess player and former teacher at East Bank High School, passed away in Pensacola, Florida on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
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: http://www.wvsca.com/registration
See flyer for more details and entry form.
Ed Garner, Mike Baker, and Markle Butcher (2.5/3) tied for first at the 11th Bridgeport Library tournament. 24 players competed in the event, held on February 3.
18 players competed in the 2017 WV Senior Championship. Peter Snow of Virginia won the tournament with 4.5/5. David Hines and Ed Garner, who scored 3.5/5, are the 2017 WV Senior Champions.
30 players competed in the Fall Open and Scholastic at St. Francis of Assisi in Saint Albans. The Open Section was won by Sam Timmons with 2.5/3, while the Scholastic Section was won by Natasha Rousseau with 4/4.
12 players competed in the Concord Southern Open on November 18, 2017 in Beaver. Mike Baker won the event with 3.5/4, with Sam Timmons and Dave Hundley just behind at 3.
Nine youngsters competed in the 2017 WV Junior Championship on September 30 at Notre Dame High in Clarksburg. Omkar Yadav won all 3 games and is the 2017 WV Junior Champion. Four adults showed up to have an open event, with three of the four tied at 2/3.
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.
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
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
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.
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)