Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

May 3, 2022


ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Beckley Chess Club hosted the Greater Beckley Open on April 9, 2022 at the Erma Byrd Center in Beaver, W.Va. The event featured over 20 players, including many of the top players in the West Virginia Chess Association. After four rounds of chess, Sam Timmons of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Harold Mitchell of Bluefield, W.Va. tied for first place.

The tournament was a United States Chess Federation rated competition and included players from West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Competitors ranged in age from high school students to senior citizens.

The Concord University Beckley Chess Club is open to CU students and the general public. The club meets at the Erma Byrd Center in Beaver, W.Va. every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room W35. (Please note that the club will not be meeting on Thursday, May 12.) All ages and experience levels are invited to participate including those new to the game along with more seasoned players.

For more information about the Concord University Beckley Chess Club, please contact Keith Lilly at or visit



Tournament director David Hundley, right, congratulates
 the first place winners Sam Timmons, left, and Harold Mitchell, center.

Participants compete in the recent Greater Beckley Open chess tournament.

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 could impact how and if events are held. For the most up-to-date information, always check

Masking will be optional in all Concord University facilities as long as Mercer County remains in the Green or Yellow on the CDC’s COVID-19 community level map, and the on-campus cases remain low in number.
This reflects the latest guidance by the CDC.

We appreciate your compliance as we do our best to keep students, employees and visitors to campus safe.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

A game of chess