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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WV Senior Championship

Jimmy Fuller has won his third consecutive WV Senior Championship title! 10 players competed in the event, which was held in Saint Albans. Jim had 2 wins and 2 draws and has qualified to represent WV in the 6th Annual John T. Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions.

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Lewis Sanders (L) vs Jimmy Fuller (R) in Round 3
Lewis Sanders (L) vs Jimmy Fuller (R) in Round 3

Chess Day Open and Scholastic

49 players competed in the Chess Day Open and Scholastic on October 8, 2022 in Clarksburg. In the open section, John Boylin IV and Elijah Tipton had a perfect 4/4. Nathaniel des Ruisseau had 4/4 in the Scholastic, then entered into the Open section and finished with 2 more wins (and 2 half-point byes). Pushkal Solanki swept the Elementary section with 4/4 (and one draw in the open section).

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2021-2022 Grand Prix Final Standings

Events Included: WV State Championship, Clarksburg Open, WV Action Championship, YMCA Fall Open, YMCA Winter Open, Greater Beckley Open

 1. Lewis F Sanders          108.33
 2. Sam Timmons               59.92
 3. Elijah David Schultz      43.07
 4. Benjamin M Good           41.70
 5. John Boylin IV            41.33
 6. Markle W Butcher          41.17
 7. James A Fuller II         40.02
 8. Weston James Robarts      36.70
 9. John Everett Roush        29.08
10. Ryan Ward                 25.87
11. Gary Denver Cummings      23.42
12. Gagana Sadineni           21.83
13. James Daniel Preece       21.40
14. Ryan T VanBibber          20.55
15. Malachi Hunter Bowen      18.83
16. Katherine Ellen King      17.55
17. David Wayne Hundley       16.30
18. Steven Aguilar            13.00
19. Cortland Nesley           12.83
20. Allen D Farley            12.25
21. Edward A Garner           11.58
22. James William Sutherland  11.00
    Joseph Baker              11.00
24. Robert Canary             10.90
25. Mike D Price              10.17
26. Max Aiden Aguilar          8.92
27. Michael James Wilson       8.00
    Richard Allen Marker       8.00
29. David F Hines              7.25
    Michael Felton             7.25
31. John G Sefton              6.00
    Noah Alexander Stafford    6.00
    Russell Wilson             6.00
34. Tarunsai Bhumanapalli      5.80
35. Shrihan Acharya Malkaram   5.75
    Sohan Kukkillaya           5.75
37. James Reszler              4.50
38. Bryon Boltz                4.33
    Logan Wotring              4.33
40. Jimmy Farmer               4.00
41. Richard Keith Lilly        3.50
    Winfield Scott Thompson    3.50
43. Richard Joseph Hubbard     3.00
44. Dustin Lynn Coffman        2.67
45. Levi Micah Durfee          2.25
    Josh Rubino                2.25
47. Aaron Ross                 1.00
    Stephen William Logan      1.00

Email Scam Attempts

Someone is pretending to be Craig Timmons, our WVCA president, in emails to various club contacts. If you receive a strange email with Craig’s name and an email address that ends in naver dot com, please disregard it.

83rd WV State Championship

28 players from five states competed in the 83rd WV State Championship, held September 10-11 in Huntington. After 5 rounds of play, Benjamin Good emerged as the clear first with 4.5/5. Lewis Sanders and Andrew Thomas (Ohio) shared 2nd-3rd with 4 points.

1st – Benjamin Good 4.5
2nd-3rd – Lewis Sanders, Andrew Thomas 4.0
U1900 1st-2nd – Kevin Chen, John Boylin 3.5
U1600 1st – Gagana Sadineni 3.0
U1600 2nd – Michael Wilson 2.5
U1300 1st – Elijah Tipton 2.5
U1300 2nd-4th – Steve Meade, Ryan VanBibber, Tarunsai Bhumanapalli 2.0
Upset Prize – Gagana Sadineni