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Report of the September Buffalo Grand Prix

1st grader Samantha Rodriguez receiving her ‘Buffalo Bank’
fromArchangel 8 Chess director Michael McDuffie.
Greater Buffalo Saving Bank provided the banks for kids.
Dakaylah Winfield, Bethany Cates and Najalah Habeeb awarded trophies from
Archangel 8 Chess Academy director Michael McDuffie, ‘the Chess Ambassador’.
Pawnmaster’s Chess Notes 9/17/07 By David “Pawnmaster” McDuffie Players from places far and wide like Thorold, Ontario, Erie, PA, Niagara Falls, Rochester as well as Buffalo area players gathered at the Main Place Mall this past Saturday, Sept 15th for the Alliance for Quality in Educations’ September Buffalo Open. Close to 100 people, including on-lookers and family members gathered to participate in this 10 point(enhanced) USCF Grand Prix event. Winning the 1st place trophy and $250 in the ‘Open Section’ was Buffalo’s NM Lionel Davis, who as a youth learned chess at the fabled Inner City Chess Club on Fillmore & Ferry. Sharing the $150 second place prize was Luka Glinsky, an 11th grader from Erie, Pa and Tony Kimbrough, a local adult player who frequents places like ‘Spot Coffee’ in downtown Buffalo. In the ‘Reserve Section’ two area youth players Evan Ashton, from Clarence High, and Yakun Hu, from Amherst Central, tied for 1st place . John Johnson, of Rochester, and David Biddle, from Tonawanda tied for 3rd. The Beginners’ Section saw 5th grader Julius Spencer edge out Miles James, a 1st grade student who learns chess at the Jefferson Avenue Library on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Virgina McArthur a 5th grader from Ontario, Canada finished 3rd. Buffalo’s School Board President Mary Ruth Kapsiak, sponsored the Scholastic Tournament in which all players received a "Buffalo Bank" (a coin bank shaped as a buffalo which were donated by the Greater Buffalo Savings Bank). Reciving trophies were Ryan Madden, Aaron McDuffie, and Adam Schunk who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Girls were won by Bethany Cates, Najalah Habeeb and Dakaylah Winfield.
Here’s a couple of games from the Scholastic Tournament:
Austin Kossow vs. Garrett Fryer
1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Bc6 dc6 5. Ne5 Ne4 6. Qe2 Bc5 7. Qe4 f6 8. Nc6 1-0 (Black resigns because of the forced loss of his queen.) For the interactive viewer click below:
Bethany Cates vs. Najalah Habeeb
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Ng5 Nf6 5. Nf7 Qe7 6. Nh8 Qd6 7. Nf7 Qd4 8. d3 Qf2# (Black wins by focusing on her goal despite her rough start!!) For the interactive viewer click:


  1. Hi, I'm Bethany Cates. If you watched my game you'd see how I lost. I wasn't focused on winning, I was focused on capturing pieces. But I learned from that game that you should look at the whole board, don't just focus on your own plans. That's a problem I'm trying to fix.

  2. Hi, Bethany Cates. Congratulations on your accomplishments! I understand you may be upset about losing, but I'm glad you are learning from your mistakes.