Pennsylvania man wins Parkersburg Homecoming Chess tourney

Photo Provided Tom Magar of North Versaille, Pa., left, holds a trophy denoting his win in the 25th annual Parkersburg Homecoming Chess Tournament on Sunday. At right is second-place winner Robert Canary of Charleston. At center is United States Chess Federation Senior Director Bob Greer, tournament director.

PARKERSBURG — A Pennsylvania man again won first place in the Parkersburg Homecoming Chess Tournament Sunday.

Thomas Magar of North Versailles, Pa., received first place, the seventh time Magar finished in first place.

The tournament drew 23 players from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania who were rated from beginner through master.

The field included three current and former West Virginia state champions competing at the Blennerhassett Hotel where the 25th annual tournament was held. The tournament was directed by United States Chess Federation Senior Director Bob Greer and assistant tournament director/organizer Patrick Kelly.

The results were:

* Thomas Magar, North Versailles, Pa., 1st Place, tie with 3¢ points and 1st Place trophy based on tie-breaks.

* Robert Canary, Charleston, 1st Place Tie 3¢ points and 2nd Place trophy based on tie-breaks.

* John Roush, Ripley and Sam Timmons, St. Albans, 3rd Place tie with 3 points.

* Class Prize for rating under 1600 with 2¢ points: David Hundley, Beckley; Richard Hayes, Bethesda, Ohio.

* Class Prize for rating under 1300 with 2 points: Mike Price, Parkersburg; Craig Timmons, St. Albans.