As part of its series of special, one-day, Grand Prix tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held its annual Walter Muir Memorial. This tournament was held on Saturday, May 21st at St. John's Lutheran Church, in Roanoke, Virginia. The Championship Section came with a value of 6 USCF Grand Prix points, with ALL MONEY GUARANTEED ! The tournament consisted of two sections, played in three rounds. The time control was Game in 90 Minutes with a 5 second delay.

In the Championship Section, RVCC Treasurer Josh Lilly of Martinsville, enjoyed an upset performance by tying for first place with Expert Andrew Rea of Richmond. Josh, an 'A' player, actually won the title on a very narrow set of tiebreaks ! Congratulations to both of these undefeated warriors. They each took home $112.50 for their 2.5 point scores.

Also in the Championship Section, the perennial winner of this event, Felix Mc Cain, had to content himself with third place this year and a $75.00 take-home prize. Felix is a strong 'A' player from Lynchburg, who always plays a tough game !

In the Amateur Section, RVCC V.P. President Ray Megginson of Roanoke, took clear first with a perfect 3-0 score. Ray had a nice $100 payday for his perfect score.

A strong second place tie was registered by upcoming Hunter Harlow of Lynchburg, who lost a close game in the final round to unstoppable Ray. Hunter scored a solid 2 points to finish in the Runner-Up spot and is currently the fastest-improving player in the Roanoke Valley region !

Also tying for the silver with a solid 2 points was RVCC V.P. Mike Huff of Roanoke. Mike played a steady game throughout the event, losing only to tournament winner Megginson.

On tight tiebreaks, Mike grabbed the bronze.

Both Hunter and Mike took home $37.50 each.

In all, 6 players took home money !

Congratulations all around to all of the winners.

( Tiebreak order is listed in the below boxes. )

The chess club had a very successful book sale : we sold $150.00 worth of books !

This money is deeply appreciated in the current economy and will help us to better promote our goals of providing chess activities and instruction in the Roanoke Valley. Anyone who would like to donate any chessbooks for this purpose of helping to promote chess in Southwest Virginia, please be aware of this positive fact:

Any and all donations of equipment or funds to the Roanoke Valley Chess Club Inc. can be written off on your tax returns ! We are a 501(c3) charitable organization and will be happy to provide you with a formal Letter of Charitable Donation Acknowledgement for any donations that you might wish to make.

The on-site Tournament Director was RVCC Board Member Russell Potter. Mike Huff, Richard White, Ray Megginson and Eric Diaz all provided lots of help. Josh Lilly served as Assistant T.D.

There were no arguments or significant problems of any kind and everyone appeared to have a really good time!

The Roanoke Valley Chess Club sincerely appreciates everyone who participated and made this Grand Prix event yet another successful one in our series.

1st Josh Lilly 2.5 1st Ray Megginson 3.0
2nd Andrew Rea 2.5 2nd Hunter Harlow 2.0
3rd Felix Mc Cain 2.0 3rd Mike Huff 2.0

Our next 1-day Grand Prix event will be the Tracy Callis Memorial, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20th. It too will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church. Watch this website for future details !

( Tournament report submitted by Russell Potter. )