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Team Chess Championship Tomorrow!

Get your club chess team ready for the:
Western New York And Northern Pennslyvania Club Championships
March 1, 2008
At Sardinia Community Center(Town Offices) 12320 Savage Rd. Sardinia,NY
4SS, G/60, Rds.:10, 12:30,2:30,4:30
EF: $10 per person USCF membership required, can join at tournament.
Prizes: Trophies for top team and top individual players.
Entries and info: Tom Warner phone (716)496-5230 email:
No limit to number of players on team, but only top 4 scores will count for team total. Can have more than 1 team per club. No minimum to the number of players on a team. You can be a "team" of one!
Why not help Tom out by commenting below with the names of your players, USCF #, and ratings of each player.


Pioneer central won the gr.7-12 and Genessee Community Charter School of Rochester won the k-6 titles at the USA Jr. Chess Olympics held last Saturday at Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire NY Niagara Falls finished a close second to GCC, missing the first place trophy by only 1 pt. after 5 rounds. Team members were Thomas Hahn, Alex Mieth, Felix Ling, and Jacob Bennett. Great job boys! Pioneer's K-6 team finished 3rd. Team members were Ryan Madden, Randall Beach, Austin Kossow, and Ryan and Nathan Palmisano. They were leading after 3 rounds but then the Rochester and NF boys took over. Good effort anyway. The next time you see Austin Kossow, ask him about the Fried Liver attack! It seems one of the Rochester boys pulled that on him and he lost in 7 moves! His parents assured me they would feed him liver and onions before the tournament next year so he wouldn't forget! The crosstable is available at:
Individual winners in k-6 were Daniel Johnston from Brighton with a perfect 5 of 5. Webster Kehoe from GCC with 4.5 finished second and Nolan Henrie from PS 17 of Rochester third. Other teams participating were Bradford PA, Brighton, and PS 17 of Buffalo represented by David Bradshaw who got 1.5 pts in only his second tournament! Good for you David! Pioneer easily won the 7-12 section as some conflicts made the other teams shorthanded. Team members were Tyler Smith, Morgan Beach, Robert Becker, and Wesley Darling. Tyler and Megesh Pansari of Brighton tied for first with 4.5 out of 5 with Megesh winning first after a 5 min blitz playoff. Morgan, Robert, and Dillon Smith of Scio tied for 3rd with Dillon winning the playoff. Other teams were Bradford PA and Casey MS, represented by Aaron Mcduffie. so a good time was had by all and we hope for a bigger and better turnout next year!

One is Done, but What About the Other?

The two games of "All of WNY is out to get Marijan" began back in August and Rev. Procyk has won one of them, as WNY's most popular vote in the game in which we were black was resign. So a tip of the hat to him, but we can't let him win both, can we? Why not help out our side win with white? Connect to the remaining battle by selecting the link ....Move in "All of WNY Is Out To Get Marijan" on the right side of this screen.
The final position in our loss is above. It was the result of the following moves:
1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5. f4 c5 6. d5 0-0 7. Nf3 b5 8. cxb5 a6 9.a4 e6 10.Be2 axb5 11. Bxb5 exd5 12. e5 dxe5 13. fxe5 Ng4 14. Qxd5 Qxd5 15. Nxd5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Bh6 Bg7 18. Ne7+ Kh8 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Nxc8 Rxc8 21. Kd2 Nc6 22.Kc3 h5 23. Rhe1 f6 24.Re8 Ne5 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.a5 Ra8 27.a6 Ra7 28. b4 Kf7 29. bxc5 Ke7 30. Rd1 Rc7 31. Kb4 g5 32. Rd6 f5 33. Rb6 resign 1-0


The Tales of the d2 pawn
I was asked to publish some of my games from recent tournament in Main Place Mall. Only my last game was in the style I am fond of. Game No. 2: (d2 pawn - going left became sort of hero in this game)13.Qe2 was a big mistake. I was supposed to move back with the B. - 13.Bd3. Now 13...f5 put white in a big trouble. Game No. 4: (just watch the d2 pawn - another hero - going right.)

Tim is back from Texas!

Our good friend Tim Rivers has returned from Texas as he is visiting family this week in Niagara Falls. He plans to come to Wegmans this Wednesday to play chess and catch up with old friends. Won't you come out and say hello and play a few quick games with him?

23rd USA JR Chess Olympics Returns this Saturday!

This Saturday is the return of the 23rd USA JR Chess Olympics. It will be run by Mr. Tom Warner and the details are as follows:
At Pioneer Middle School (cafeteria)
Old Olean Road
Yorkshire, NY 14173
5SS, G/30, In two sections: K-6 and 7-12 Rounds at 10,11,12:30,1:30 and 2:30.
EF $5 per student includes free pizza for lunch.Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd ,and 3rd place team and individuals.USCF membership required, can join at tournament. No limit to number of players on team, but only top 4 scores will count for team total. Can have more than 1 team from each school or club.
For entries and info: Tom Warner 12850 W. Schutt Rd., Chaffee,NY 14030716-496-5230.
Sign up your team now! Comment below with names, grade, ID#, and ratings.


This event is done. To see the cross table go to :
To read more about Benjamin Banneker go to

First Annual H. Mc Carthy Gipson Chess Grand Prix 2008

KLCC and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy are proud to announce the First Annual H. Mc Carthy Gipson Grand Prix Tournament. He is the first African American to become Buffalo Police Commissioner and he would like to join us in promoting the game of chess. A chess player himself, he wishes to address crime prevention, critical thinking skills, and character development, to our youth; for our seniors promote mind enrichment chess programs; and for our women address pregnacy prevention and the promotion of self esteem. Saturday, March 15th, 2008 Main Place Mall - Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14202. FREE PARKING UNDER MALL 4 Rounds, Swiss Format, Game 45 and Round 4 Game 60. Rounds are 9:30am, 11:15am, 1pm and 2:45pm Advanced entries no later than Monday, March 10th, 2008. For more information email me at More details to follow. Home Schoolers, Females, Seniors, Early Childhood and Middle High students are strongly encouraged to participate.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2008 MAIN PLACE MALL, UPPER LEVEL, 390 MAIN STREET, BUFFALO NY 14202. FREE PARKING UNDER MALL, FOOD COURT OPEN! Hosted by Kellogg Leadership for Community Change and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy in honor of 7th District Erie County Legislator, Demone Smith, an USCF Rated Open Tournament. Must be or become a USCF member to participate. 4 Rounds, Swiss Format, Round 1-3 Game 45, Round 4 Game 60 Registration must be completed by 9am. Rounds start at 9:30am, 11:15am, 1pm and 2:45pm. Scholastic play Game 30 and rounds follow immediately. This event is done. To see the cross table go to:

Sardinia Results

Newcomer Nathan Braasch, an 8th grader from Derby NY, started his chess career with a bang this past Saturday by sweeping all eight games in the scholastic section of the Sardinia tournament. Although getting a scare from NYS 1st grade champ Felix Ling, Nathan survived and also defeated Thomas Hahn, Austin Kossow, and Ryan Madden in very competitive games. Other students playing were Ryan and Nathan Palmisano, Jacob Bennett, and Robert Becker. The crosstable is at The Open section was won by Pat Patterson, who won for the second month in a row. Other players included Carl Kossow, Dr. Mark Mieth, Ryan Madden, and Nathan Braasch. Ryan and Nathan somehow managed to play both in the Open and Scholastic sections! The crosstable is at Remember to get your teams together for the USA Jr. Chess Olympics coming up Feb 23 at the Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire, NY. There will be 2 sections Grades K-6 and 7-12. For Registration or questions call Tom Warner 496-5230 or e-mail Also an adult team tournament will be held March 1 at the Sardinia Community Center. Teams from Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania will be competing. For info, same # and e-mail as above

Kalfas Captures the 2008 Jamestown City Championship

Congratulations to Richard Kalfas who captured his 5th Jamestown, NY City Championship. The final cross table is below and is also available at Clark X 0 0 1 1 1 3-2 Miraglia 1 x 0 1 1 1 4-1 Kalfas 1 1 x 1 1 1 5-0 1st and Champion Johnson 0 0 0 x 1 1 2-3 Thompson 0 0 0 0 x 1 1-4 Booster Champion Turner 0 0 0 0 0 x 0-5 Novice Champion Please note that there are the following upcoming chess activities available in Jamestown: Chess Lessons from 10:30-11:30 and signup Feb 9 Jamestown Boys & Girls Club Game/30 take 3 minutes off on time delay clocks First Round at 11:30 3-Swiss System E.F. $10 1st $30 based on 4 Prizes added as Numbers increases US Chess duel rated Mark Clark - Home phone 716-763-6825