2015 RVCC December Mill Mountain Thanksgiving Club Grand Prix

In the first of a new series of special, Unrated but $$$ tournaments, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club recently held its first Club Grand Prix tournament. The new Club Grand Prix series consists of events that receive Club Grand Prix points, which are applied to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners' names. These special G.P. points are totaled for the year with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners winning good cash prizes at the end of the club year in September 2016 !

This tournament was held on Wednesday, November 3, at the Tanglewood Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea in Roanoke, Virginia.

The tournament was a 4 Round Swiss System event with 90% of ALL entries being returned as prizes !

The time control was Game in 30 minutes ( with 5 second increment ) and was played under modified U.S.C.F. Chess Rules.

First place was won by new U.S.C.F. Expert Courtney Barnes in commanding style with a perfect score of 4 points. He received 10 Club Grand Prix points.

Clear second was RVCC President Mike Huff with 3 points. Mike received 6 Club Grand Prix points.

There was a massive tie for third place between Ansel Steele, Josh Lewis, Aiden Taylor and Wally Lewis, all with 2 points. Ansel won 3rd place on tiebreaks while Wally won top Amateur. Each of the 3rd Place tied players received 4 Club Grand Prix points.

In all, there were 6 players who won money-Congratulations to all of the prize winners !

The overall tournament organizers were club President Mike Huff and Russell Potter.

The on-site Tournament Director was Russell Potter, assisted by Courtney Barnes as assistant T.D. Courtney was slated to be the original Tournament Director, but yielded to the requests of the other players to play in the event himself. Since RVCC rules do not permit playing Directors, Rusty stepped in to help out.

There were no real problems of any kind and everyone said that they enjoyed themselves !

The Roanoke Valley Chess Club sincerely appreciates everyone who participated and made this Wednesday Special event at the Tanglewood Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea coffee shop our very first 'club' Grand Prix event.

{ Submitted by Russell Potter. }