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Stiff Southernly Forces

The strong chess teams from the Southern Tier took first through fourth at the Robert C. Johnson Memorial Team Chess Tournament played at St. Bonaventure University this past Saturday.
Bradford, PA carried off the overall trophy for this year with an overwhelming score of 11, a full point-and-a-half ahead of the second place Southtowns, NY team that included Don Hoak, Tom Warner, and John Mauer in the Open section and Ryan Madden, George Tasevski, and Ryan Palmisno in the u1600 section. Two points behind them tied-for-third-place were the Jamestown, NY and Westfield, NY teams. The Buffalo Blizzards represented by NM Barry Davis, Rev. Marijan Procyk, Tom Callea, Michael McDuffie, Vic Bahl, and Miles James finished a respectable fifth.
TD Bob Ferguson ran a fine event on the beautiful St. Bonaventure University campus: A number of people commented on the ivy-clad buildings and the architectural details. Even the food drew applause. The rounds went off as planned, the room was conducive to playing and easily handled the large crowd of 38 players from seven teams that took part in the competition. Bob even took the time to give Charles Ferraro pointers on running future tournaments. Well done, Bob!! Thanks for your efforts and to Charles Ferraro who sent me the news.


  1. Good job Southtowns! We almost pulled it off! Thanks to Bob Ferguson for running a fine tournament. Lets hope this becomes an annual event.
    Team members for the Southtowns Chess Club were Don Hoak, Tom Warner and John Mauer in the open and Ryan Madden, George Tasevski, and Ryan Palmisno in the u1600.

  2. Ack! Despite my horrid play I had a great time. Thanks to everyone for their company, help, and advice. -Tom

  3. Yes, as both Tom's indicate, it was a great time
    and a very well run tournament. I, too, hope
    that it becomes an annual event. Thanks to
    Bob Ferguson for his splendid efforts in running
    a great tournament commemorating Robert