As part of its series of special, one-day, Unrated but $$$ tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held its 2013 SPRING CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. This tournament was held on Saturday, April 6, in the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op in Roanoke, Virginia.

The time control was Game in 15 minutes ( no delay ) and was played under modified Quick Chess Rules.

The tournament was a Round Robin event, with 90% of ALL entries being returned as prizes !

First place was won by Tom Alston of Christiansburg, with a perfect score of 7-0 !

Second place was won by Ed Boyers of Lynchburg, with a score of 6-1.

Third place was won by Hunter Harlow of Lynchburg, with a score of 4.5-2.5.

The overall Tournament Organizer was club President Mike Huff.

The Tournament Director was club Vice-President Ray Megginson (' The Impresario !')

Other tournament participants included Robert Moody of Collinsville, Wally Lewis of Roanoke, Bob Mahan of Montgomery County, and Frank Myers of Roanoke.

It was a lovely day for a chess tournament, with sunny skies and a pleasant temperature. There were no problems of any kind and everyone said that they really enjoyed themselves !

The club has begun a weekly book sale every Saturday. We sold 11 titles at this event. The champion chess bibliophile was Frank Myers, who bought 7 titles-way to go Frank !

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

We also express our deep appreciation to the management and staff of the Co-Op, who have gone out of their way to make us feel especially welcome there for our weekly Saturday chess meetings.

( Submitted by Mike Huff. )