2022 RVCC Championship Report

The Roanoke Valley Chess Club (RVCC) held its club championship on April 23 and 24, 2022, at Westhampton Christian Church. This event featured 16 players, plenty of fighting chess, good sportsmanship, and a fun five rounds for everyone.

The club championship attracted a number of out-of-towners. Top prize went to Roger Martin (originally from Oregon) earned first prize, with a perfect 5.0 score. In second place was Stephen Jablon (from Washington, DC), with 4.0 points.

Tied for 3rd, 4th, and 5th places: William E. Villarreal; Benjamin Dubuque, and Mike Huff, all with 3.0 scores. Sam Austin won the Top Junior prize.

The players would like to express their gratitude to Courtney Barnes, who did a splendid job in directing and ensuring a smooth tournament. We must also thank Westhampton Church for providing a congenial playing environment, and club officers for organizing this event.


2022 Spring Quick Championship Report

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the RVCC held its Spring Quick Championship. Nine players competed in a 3-round G/15 event at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

Sam Austin, Ben Dubuque, and Ray Megginson shared 1st through 3rd places, with 2.0 points each.

Andrew Gripp directed this tournament very smoothly and efficiently, with a little help from other club officers.

As always, the RVCC appreciates the Raleigh Court Public Library, for hosting our weekly club meetings and speed tournaments.


2022 Winter Quick Championship Report

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the RVCC held its Winter Quick Championship. Nine players competed in a 3-round G/15 event at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

Paul Burchett won clear 1st place with a perfect 3.0 score. Trevor Richards came in 2nd place. Eric Diaz and Sam Austin shared 3rd place. Directing this tournament was a team effort between Ben Dubuque, Ray Megginson, and Mike Huff (who collected entry fees and disbursed prizes).

As always, the RVCC appreciates the Raleigh Court Public Library, for hosting our weekly club meetings and speed tournaments.


2022 Thematic Quick Tournament Report

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, the RVCC held a thematic quick tournament, featuring the Austrian Attack in the Pirc Defense. Six players competed in a 4-round G/15 event at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

Ben Dubuque directed the tournament-- and also won clear 1st place, with a 3.5 score. Drew Gripp placed 2nd, with 3.0 points. Isaac Spence came in 3rd, also with 3.0 points. Mike Huff came in 4th, and Chris Moore placed 5th.

As always, the RVCC appreciates the Raleigh Court Public Library, for hosting our weekly club meetings and speed tournaments.


2021 Walter Muir Memorial Tournament Report

As part of its series of special, one-day rated tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held the 2021 Walter Muir Tournament. This event took place on Saturday, October 16, at Westhampton Christian Church-- and was our first OTB event since March 11, 2020.

Tournament Director Ray Megginson ran our 3-round tournament very smoothly, with no problems. We had 13 entries (plus one house player), fighting hard over the board.

Top finishers include Dominique Myers, Felix McCain, and Isaac Spence. We know it sounds like a cliche... but everyone who played, with tenacity and sportsmanship, was a winner!

(As a side note, we had DOZENS of delicious chicken salad sandwiches, left over from the library! Plus, Ben Dubuque brought a big box of doughnuts!)

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

Thanks also to Westhampton Church, for hosting our tournament in their Fellowship Hall.

Finally, we pause to remember Walter Muir (1905-1999), a great friend, benefactor, and former President of the Roanoke Valley Chess Club. Walter was also very instrumental in developing postal chess in the U.S., and was a top postal competitor both nationally and internationally for several decades. Walter, an International Correspondence Chess Master, was known as 'The Dean' and 'The Grand Old Man' of American Correspondence Chess.

The RVCC conducts this event every year in Walter Muir's honor, with his annual endowment, which makes our largest chess tournament possible!

-- Submitted by Mike Huff


Summary Of Minutes Of Annual RVCC Business Meeting Held On 09/08/2021

On the evening of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club held its annual re-organizational business meeting. The meeting was convened by President Mike Huff at Chess Club headquarters: Raleigh Court Public Library, 2112 Grandin Road, SW. Attendees enjoyed soft drinks and pizza from Grace's Place Pizzeria, delivered by Ray Megginson.

Those present included all the club officers and Board members, and a number of general members.

  1. General Membership Meeting.

    1. President's Report for the FY 2020-21. Traditionally, the President's Report reviews activities of the past year, and largely coincides with a summary of events. For the complete list of these past events, see the RVCC PAST EVENTS section of our Web page. All present agreed that the RVCC successfully shifted all of our activities online, in response to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We all felt that our activities in general were well worth the time and effort.

    2. Treasurer's Report. The Treasurer's Report, presented by Ray Megginson, discussed the profit-loss aspect of last year's events.

    3. Web Page. Our current Web Master is Mr. Martin Cooperson. The club is very pleased with the continuous excellence, creativity, and promptness of his work. We are very grateful for Martin's help!

    4. IRS Reminder. The RVCC is a tax-exempt, charitable organization with designated I.R.S. 501 (c3) status. This means that individuals and organizations can donate monies and items of value to the Club, and have such donations written off as tax deductions.

      Accordingly, all members are enthusiastically encouraged to solicit donations for the Club!

    5. Misc. Business. The club membership discussed Ben Dubuque's motion for thematic rapid rated tournaments. Everyone approved of this proposal, and the motion carried.

    6. Election of Officers. Mike Huff was re-elected as President of the RVCC.
      Ben Dubuque was re-elected as Vice-President.
      Drew Gripp was re-elected as Vice-President.
      Ray Megginson was re-elected as Treasurer.

    7. Dues. Membership dues were then collected for FY 2021-22.

    8. Adjournment. The general membership meeting adjourned at approximately 8:00 p.m.

  2. Board of Directors Meeting.

    The Board of Directors convened at approx. 9:00 p.m., and elected the following members to the following positions on the Board of Directors:

    1. Election of Board Members.
      1. EVEN YEAR 'A' SPOT: 2020-2022: Rusty Potter wasn't up for election.
      2. EVEN YEAR 'B' SPOT: 2020-2022: Ray Megginson wasn't up for election.
      3. ODD YEAR 'A' SPOT: 2021-2023: vacant.
      4. ODD YEAR 'B' SPOT: 2021-2023: Mike Huff was re-elected.

      Things to know about the Board:
      1. In order to serve on the Board of Directors of the RVCC, a member must have 5 consecutive, dues-paid years of membership in the RVCC.
      2. Josh Lilly resigned from the Board in 2015, leaving his odd-year "A" spot vacant.
      3. As club Treasurer, Ray Megginson automatically remains a member of the Board of Directors, with full voting rights on the board, as long as he holds the Treasurer's position.
      4. Rusty Potter was NOT up for election for the current 2020-22 "A" spot.

    2. Activities Calendar. The Board of Directors met and drew up a tentative tournament schedule and Calendar of Events for the upcoming club year. This schedule will include both our USCF-rated tournaments, our popular casual chess events, as well as our community outreach events. Once all the details have been finalized for our Grand Prix and other events, they will be posted on our Web page.

    3. Adjournment. The meeting of the Board of Directors was then adjourned at approx. 9:30 p.m.

    (Report submitted by Mike Huff.)


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