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2022 Walter Muir Memorial Tournament Report


As part of its series of special, one-day rated tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held the 2022 Walter Muir Tournament. This 3-round event took place on Saturday, October 15, at Westhampton Christian Church at 2515 Grandin Road.

Tournament Director Courtney Barnes ran our 3-round event very smoothly, and also played, to avoid byes. We had 10 entries, all fighting hard over the board.

First/second places were shared between Courtney Barnes and Daniyar Zakirov, who each scored 2.5 points. Eric Diaz and Ben Dubuque split 3rd/4th places, with 2.0 points each. Nathaniel Zuraw was top U1200 player.

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

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2022 Walter Muir Warm-Up Report


On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the RVCC held its Walter Muir Warm-Up Quick Championship. Ten players competed in a 3-round G/15 event at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

Ben Dubuque scored a perfect 3.0 points, earning clear first place.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Jalen Hatchett, and Paul Burchett shared 2nd through 4th places, with 2.0 points each.

Maximo Villanueva was Top Junior.

Ray Megginson directed this tournament very smoothly and efficiently, using random pairings for the first round. Ray also took care of registration, collecting entry fees, and awarding prizes.

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

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SUMMARY OF MINUTES OF ANNUAL RVCC BUSINESS MEETING HELD ON 09/07/2022


On the evening of Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 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 delicious soft drinks and pizzas, delivered by Treasurer 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 2021-22. 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. The President noted that the RVCC successfully emerged from the shadow of the pandemic to resume OTB play. We recognized the efforts of our officers (all volunteers) in directing tournaments and other events, and gave special thanks to Raleigh Court Library for hosting all our weekly meetings.

    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. Other Old Business. President Mike Huff proposed that the RVCC resume selling club uniform shirts to interested members. The other officers and assembled members agreed, 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. Ray Megginson was re-elected as Treasurer. Russell Potter was re-elected as Senior Advisor.

    7. New Business. Vice-President Ben Dubuque proposed several possibilities for a thematic tournament, also a Grand Prix tournament, and generously donated $150 to the Club.

    8. Dues. Membership dues were then collected for FY 2022-23.

    9. Adjournment. The general membership meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 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 two-year terms on the Board of Directors:

    1. Election of Board Members.

      1. EVEN-YEAR 'A' SPOT: Rusty Potter was re-elected for a new 2022-24 term.
      2. EVEN-YEAR 'B' SPOT: Ray Megginson agreed to serve for a new 2022-24 term.
      3. ODD-YEAR 'A' SPOT: Vacant for 2022-24.
      4. ODD-YEAR 'B' SPOT: Mike Huff agreed to serve out the current 2021-23 term.

      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 an unelected member of the Board of Directors, with full voting rights on the Board, as long as he holds the Treasurer's position.

      4. Mike Huff was NOT up for election for the current 2021-23 odd-year "B" 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 our USCF-rated tournaments, other possible 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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      2022 Summer Quick Championship Report

      On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the RVCC held its Summer Quick Championship. Eight players competed in a 3-round G/15 event at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

      Chase Bailey scored a perfect 3.0 points, earning clear first place.

      Trevor Richards, Joseph Andrews, and Paul Burchett shared 2nd through 4th places, with 2.0 points each.

      Ben Dubuque and Ben Kennedy shared 5th and 6th places, with 1.0 point each. Nathaniel Fitzgerald and Jalen Hatchett came in at 7th and 8th places, with 0.5 points each.

      Ben Dubuque directed this tournament very smoothly and efficiently, using random pairings for the first round. Mike Huff took care of registration, collecting entry fees, and awarding prizes.

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

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      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.


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      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.


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