Thematic Tournament Report-- The Halloween Gambit

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the RVCC held a Halloween Gambit rapid tournament. Eight players competed in a 4-round G/10 event at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

Drew Gripp won clear 1st place with a perfect 4.0 score. Christian Dotson was 2nd with a 3.0 score. Ben Dubuque came in at 3rd place with 2.5. Isaac Spence rounded out the top 4 with a solid 2.0 score.

Ben travelled almost 45 miles from Radford to direct and play in this tournament, which ran very smoothly. Ben also brought apple cider, candy, and Doritos from Food Lion. The library staff also gave us some delicious chicken pot pies and other food left over from feeding the high school kids that afternoon. Thank you, Lindy and Audrey!

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

(Submitted by Mike Huff)



On the evening of Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 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 pizza and soft drinks from Allsports Cafe, delivered by Mike Huff.

Those present included President Mike Huff, Treasurer Ray Megginson, and a number of general members.

  1. General Membership Meeting.

    1. President's Report for the FY 2017-18.
      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. A brief summary of each event was given by the club officers present who organized or directed them. All present agreed that it has been a very busy and satisfying club year! 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. Other Old Business.
      The club membership discussed Ben Dubuque’s motion for thematic rapid rated tournaments, to be organized by Nalin Jha. Everyone approved of this proposal, and the motion carried.

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

    7. New Business.

    8. Dues. Membership dues were then collected for FY 2018-19.

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

  2. Board of Directors Meeting.

    The Board of Directors convened at approx. 8:00 p.m. on August 29, 2018, and elected the following members to the following positions on the Board of Directors:

    1. Election of Board Members.
      1. EVEN YEAR 'A' SPOT: 2018-2020: Rusty Potter.
      2. EVEN YEAR 'B' SPOT: 2018-2020: Ray Megginson.
      3. ODD YEAR 'A' SPOT: 2017-2019: vacant.
      4. ODD YEAR 'B' SPOT: 2017-2019: Mike Huff.

      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. Mike Huff was not up for election for the current 2017-19 “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 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. 9:00 p.m.

      (Report submitted by Mike Huff.)


      2018 RVCC Summer Quick Championship Report

      On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the RVCC held its Summer Quick Championship. Six players competed in a 3-round G/15 Swiss System, at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

      Drew Gripp and Benjamin Dubuque split 1st/ 2nd place with a 2½ score. The other four players— Ray Megginson, Henry Nguyn, Jeff Robison, and Mike Huff— all shared 3rd through 6th place.

      One stunning upset bears mention: Youthful Henry Nguyn managed to defeat veteran player Ray Megginson in the 3rd round. Wow! Quite an accomplishment! Congratulations, Henry!

      Club President Mike Huff directed the tournament, ably assisted by Mssrs. Megginson and Dubuque. Thanks to all the collaboration on pairing and awarding prizes, the event ran very smoothly.

      The RVCC would like to thank the Raleigh Court Public Library for its help and hospitality in making this tournament a great success.

      (Submitted by Mike Huff)



      The Roanoke Valley Chess Club (RVCC) held its club championship on June 23 and 24, 2018 at Westhampton Christian Church. Last year’s champion Chase Bailey was not able to participate this year, to the dismay of this year’s participants. But the tournament was a satisfying success, as the club crowned a new champion.

      At the end of round three on day one, Prabhuraj Prabhakaran was in first place with 3 points and no losses. Expectations were high going into the 4th round. A win by Prabhu would practically guarantee his being the overall champion a foregone conclusion. But a motivated Drew Gripp was determined not to allow this to happen in his fourth round match against the leader. It looked as if Prabhu was going to win, having 2 rooks versus a rook and bishop endgame. But a blunder resulted in his losing a rook and eventually the game. This resulted in a 3-way tie between Prabhu, Gripp, and Ben Dubuque, all having earned 3 points. In the fifth round, all three leaders won, ending the tournament with 4 points. The tie break resulted in 3rd place going to Gripp, 2nd place to Dubuque, and 1st place and 2018 Champion Prabhuraj Prabhakaran. Aiden Taylor was Junior Champion this year. Congratulations to all of our winners.

      The RVCC would like to express their appreciation to Westhampton Christian for their cordial support in allowing the use of their facility. The RVCC would also like to recognize club President Mike Huff for steadfast efforts behind the scenes in organizing this event.


      Celebrating Chess at the 2018 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 and Sunday, May 26-27, at its usual site along Elm Avenue.

      This was Festival’s 50th year since its inception—a big deal for organizers. In the 30+ years that the RVCC participated, the weather has cooperated. Most years, rain was in the forecast, but generally missed us. Not this time! If not for our tents, we would have had to cancel due to torrential rain, both days. (We managed to get soggy even with our tents on Saturday.)

      The RVCC members who braved the rain on Saturday included Sam Kennedy, Ben Dubuque, Christian Dotson, and Mike Huff. Despite the sparse attendance, we managed to collect two completed contact cards. On Sunday, Sam and Mike held the fort and collected two more contact cards, despite heavy sheets of rain, many cancellations, and no crowds.

      We want to thank the volunteers who persevered through the severe weather we experienced. A heartfelt shout-out goes to Ed Gig and all the other fine folks of Roanoke Festival, Inc. who helped make our event possible.

      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)


      2018 RVCC Spring Quick Championship Report

      On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the RVCC held its Spring Quick Championship. Six players competed in a 3-round G/15 Swiss System, at RVCC headquarters, Raleigh Court Public Library.

      Aiden Taylor won clear 1st place with a 2½ score. Mr. D. Villareal Sr. won 2nd place over 3rd place club veteran Sam Kennedy. Both men scored a respectable 2 points. Rounding out the event were Mike Huff, Ben Dubuque and E. Villareal Jr.

      RVCC Board Chairman Rusty Potter directed the tournament, with an assist Mike Huff. Even with a late entry, we managed to finish ahead of schedule, thanks to all the collaboration on pairing and awarding prizes.

      The RVCC would like to thank the Raleigh Court Public Library for its help and hospitality in making this tournament a great success.

      (Submitted by Russell Potter)


      2018 Land of the Sky Warm-Up

      Cancelled due to weather


      2018 Jack Frost

      Cancelled due to weather