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Chase Bailey Wins Roanoke Valley Chess Club Championship
21 year-old aspiring chess master !

Chase learned to play chess from his father at the age of 7, and was a part of Northside High School's chess team here in Roanoke. Eventually, he discovered the game of chess was his calling in life. Casually playing online, going to chess clubs, looking over books, and enjoying the beauty of history's finest chess games all combined to ignite a passion in him for the Royal game. After tirelessly practicing for months, he prepared himself for his first major test of strength.

Hard work pays off, and he won over $7,000.00 at the 2016 Millionaire Chess tournament in Atlantic City. Chase felt with growing confidence, that he could turn the game into a career for himself.

His willingness to succeed would triumph again on June 24 and 25, 2017 at the Roanoke Valley Chess Club Championship, where, despite being listed as only the 3rd seed at the outset of the event, Chase placed 1st, and earned himself the top spot on the RVCC Championship Plaque.

Outside of chess, Chase is an aspiring astrophysicist working at a convenience store to pay for chess tournaments and college tuition. Chase also dabbles in writing, having had a poem published in an online newsletter. He also is a jewelry maker. As a part-time amateur chess instructor, Chase offers cheap private lessons online or in person at: Chase.chak@gmail.com.

National Expert Courtney Barnes of Roanoke won 2nd Place. Felix Mc Cain, one of Lynchburg’s strongest players, placed 3rd.

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Celebrating Chess at the 2017 Festival in the Park


The Roanoke Valley Chess Club brought its popular “Chess-tival” event once again to the annual Festival in the Park in downtown Roanoke. This major celebration takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Elmwood Park, and attracts many thousands of participants. The Chess Club convened on Saturday, May 27th, at its customary area along Elm Avenue.

We found the weather at Festival very pleasant, as usual. Just a gorgeous late spring afternoon-- partly sunny, not too hot, with strong breezes at times. Our trees had been cut down, but we had a large canopy-type structure, furnished at no extra cost, to protect us from the sun and rain. (The forecast mentioned thunderstorms, but they missed us!)

We had plenty of avid chess lovers among our visitors, some of whom played very well. The games were intense (and in tents). The RVCC, represented by Rusty, Club President Mike Huff, Treasurer Ray Megginson, former President Richard White, Ben DuBuque, and Ansel Steele, offered games and information to Festival-goers, and collected a total of eight e-mail addresses for our recruitment drive.

We want to thank all of the volunteers who helped make Festival 2017 a success. A SPECIAL shout-out goes to Ed Gig, Pat King, and all the other fine folks of Roanoke Festival, Inc. who helped us have a great event.

We all enjoyed the food, the music, and the scenery-- especially all the lovely ladies. Of course, we also really liked the all-day, non-stop CHESS!

This event is part of the Roanoke Valley Chess Club's ongoing commitment to promote the great game of chess in the region, and-- as always-- is 100% FREE to the general public.

( Submitted by Mike Huff )