As part of its series of special, one-day, unrated $$$ tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held its WINTER QUICK CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. This tournament was held on Saturday, February 18 in the Community Meeting Room of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op in Roanoke, Virginia.

The tournament was a 14 round, Double Round Robin event, with ALL entries being returned as prizes !

The time control was Game in 15 Minutes and was played under Modified Quick Chess rules.

In all, there were 5 players who won money. Congratulations to all of the prize winners !

The on-site Tournament Director was Russell Potter. There were no significant problems and everyone seemed to have a really good time in this tough, competitive event !

1st Place was won by two-time Idaho State Champ Garrett Reynolds. Garrett has just recently moved to the Roanoke Valley from Idaho. He finished with a commanding 13-1 score, giving up only two draws to R.V.C.C. Treasurer Josh Lilly. Josh finished with a strong 2nd Place finish of 12-2. Third Place was captured by Vice President Eric Diaz, with a very solid 10-3 tally. Club President Mike Huff won the Top Amateur prize. Rising scholastic star Phil Harmon of Patrick Henry High School won Top Junior.

Noteworthy is the performance of club stalwart Sam Kennedy. Sam initially looked like he was running away with the tournament. He ripped off a sizzling 7/8 score in the first half of the event ! Like others in this long tournament, Sam tired somewhat near the end.

The Double RR event lasted so long that the last two rounds had to be finished outside on the Co-Op's lighted stone chess tables. Due to the unusually warm weather however, it was a cool but not cold evening !

This hard-fought training event was designated the official SW Va. regional warm-up for the upcoming Virginia Open in Dulles, Va. !

The Roanoke Valley Chess Club sincerely appreciated everyone who participated and made this Saturday Special event at the Co-Op yet another successful one in our series.

Submitted by Russell Potter.