As part of its series of special, one-day, unrated but $$$ tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held its 2014 WINTER QUICK CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. This tournament was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Community Meeting Room of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op in Roanoke, Virginia. The tournament was a Round-Robin event, with 100% of ALL entries being returned as prizes ! The time control was Game in 15 minutes and was played under modified Quick Chess Rules. The event was a five-round tournament.

First place was won by Robert Moody of Martinsville, with a perfect score of 5-0 ! Veteran club member Sam Kennedy of Bedford was the clear Runner-Up in the tournament with a score of 4-1. 3rd place was won by club President Mike Huff. The top Amateur prize went to Brian Mackey. Club newcomer George Wilson, tied for 3rd place. George hails from Ohio. In all, there were five players who won money - Congratulations to all of the prize winners ! The on-site Tournament Director was National Master Russell Potter.

There was a good turnout Saturday for the tournament as well as for playing casual games. As the saying goes: "A jolly good time was had by one and all" ! The tournament went smoothly without any arguments or problems.

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 Russell Potter)