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AQE July Minorities In Criminal Justice Results

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The Grand Prix tournament held at the Main Place Mall, Buffalo New York, today attracted 24 chess players from the 42 who had indicated that they would participate. The Masters Open Mayor Byron W Brown Section drew 7 of the 11 advanced registrations, U1500 Antoine M Thompson Section attracted 10 of the 13 advanced registrations and the New York State Minorities In Criminal Justice Section attracted 7 of the 18 students who pre-registered. The tournament was named in honor of the New York State Minorites In Criminal Justice organization for their donation of a brand new high speed Compaq Laptop computer for tournament play, chess training and chess education. It certainly will serve the chess community well. We proudly accept and appreciate their support. In the Scholastic Section, 1st Place with an undefeated 4 - 0 score was Ryan Madden from Pioneer Middle School, Arcade NY. 2nd Place went to new USCF member, Bethany Cates from Bennett Park Montessori School in Buffalo, NY. While 3rd Place went to another new USCF member, Lucas Hurtt from 66th Street School in Niagara Falls, NY. Others new to tournament play and USCF membership were Victoria Stauffiger (66th Street School) Niagara Falls NY, Rey Cruz (Enterprise Charter School) Buffalo NY and Frank Rodriguez (Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center) Buffalo NY. The U1500 Antoine M Thompson Section had a three way tie for 1st Place as Robert Gerow, Dr. James Paul, and Francis Buennagel split the prize money. We welcomed new USCF member Michael Hillery in this group. Honorable mention goes to scholastic player Aaron Mc Duffie (Casey Middle) Amherst NY, who did not rest on his laurals as the U1000 Mayor's Cup City Champion 2007, and stepped up to the higher section and even scored his first win in this more competetive bracket. In the Master's Open Mayor Byron W Brown Section, National Master Marijan Procyk (2059) won with an undefeated with 3.5 points. He captured 1st Place after defeating Mark Clark (2106) from Jamestown NY, who was the highest rated player in this section. Mark Clark and Robert Johnson (1863) tied for 2nd Place with 2.5 points. Upsets in this section included David Miller (1595) defeating Robert Johnson (1863), Glenn Westcott(1653) tying Marijan Procyk (2059), and Robert Johnson (1863) (Jamestown NY) tying Mark Clark(2106). Mayor's Cup 2007 Champion NM Eddie Mark, did not play but made an appearance and played some speed chess against Marijan Procyk. Eddie also posed for pictures and awarded the trophies to the scholastic winners. He just had come back after playing in the 7 day schedule of the World Open Tournament in Philadelphia PA, in which he just missed winning some prize money. The next AQE NYS Minorities In Criminal Justice Grand Prix Tournament will be on Saturday, August 11th. Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY, 4 Round Swiss, Game 45. Advanced Entry Fee $35 before Monday August 6th, vs $45 CASH ONLY AT THE SITE. You can also pre register by emailing to with complete name, USCF ID number, current USCF rating and section either Open or U1500 section.

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