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2010 Chess Calendar

I wish every one a Happy and Healthy New Year! Hopefully a 100 or more extra ratings points will be had by all as well.
In order to so, please see the tournament chess calendar.
If anyone wishes to get other events posted on this site, please comment below and I will add it to the blog's calendar.
Especially note that the Marchand in Rochester is much earlier this year. It will be held on February 20th and 21st.

2009 Chess Educator of the Year

At the recent Main Place Mall Tournament on December 19, 2009, Michael McDuffie was presented with the chessdoctor's 2009 Chess Educator/Promoter Award. With that title Mr. McDuffie was given 10 complete chess sets and several books which I am sure he will put to good use with the various scholastic clubs and events he administrates. Mr. McDuffie, who goes by the moniker "The WNY Chess Ambassador" oversees and/or is directly involved in numerous chess activities including the Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Urban Knights Chess Club of Buffalo, Borders Elementary School League, Wegmans Monday Homeschooler's Program, East Aurora Chess Club, Enterprise Charter School Chess Club, WNY Maritime Chess Club, as well as directing the monthly Main Place Mall Tournaments.
Pictured (on the right) is Mr. Michael McDuffie aka "The WNY Chess Ambassador" being congratulated by Dr. Mark Mieth aka "the chessdoctor."

Jr Chess Olympic results

51 kids jam packed the Sardinia Town Hall last Saturday for the 25th USA Jr Chess Olympics. Pioneer Central won both 7-12 and k-6 team events, holding off a strong challenge in both sections from the Global Concepts Charter School of Lackawanna, coached by Tony Cirillo. The k-6 section was especially close with only 1 point separating Pioneer, second place Global Concepts, and third place Mackenzie team from Erie,Pa. Other teams participating were Genessee County Charter School of Rochester, City Club of Buffalo,and Genessee Valley Central School from the Southern Tier. The cross table is available at Ian Mackenzie(1660) from Erie,Pa. went 5-0 to win the individual trophy in the very strong 7-12 section. Ryan Madden(1635), Austin Kossow(1101), both of Pioneer,and John Osborn(930) of the City Club of Buffalo,tied for 2nd. Ian's brother Alden(unr) also went 5-0 to win the k-6 trophy. Pioneer's Chris Darling(813) and Nathan Palmisano(691), along with 2nd grader Sam Santora (1206) of Global Concepts and Quinn Mackenzie(5 yrs old!)tied for second with 4pts. A special shout out to the Mackenzie family of Erie,Pa. who traveled for 3 hrs (leaving their home at 6:30am!)to get here. Ian, Alden, Quinn and his 5 yr old twin Roy(who won 3 games) are all excellent chess players and very nice people. Also thanks to all the parents and coaches for their help. It wouldn't have happened without them. A special thanks to Mark Mieth ( the chess doctor) for donating the medals.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

Presented and hosted by the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. is the first minority appointed Deputy Commissioner of the City of Buffalo by Mayor Byron W. Brown. Deputy Commissoner Whitfield has allowed us to use his name in support of promoting the game of chess in WNY region. Come meet and greet the Deputy Commissioner, Tell a Friend and Bring a Friend.

FOUR ROUNDS, SWISS, GAME 50, USCF Open rated Chess Tournament. USCF membership is required for rated games. $325.00 GUARANTEED CASH PRIZES!


SCHEDULE:Rd 1 at 9:45am, Rd 2 at 11:30am, Rd 3 at 1:15pm and Rd 4 at 3pm. Scholastics and Firefighters games start at 10am, Five Rounds, Game 30.

Entry fee:$20 v $35 cash only on site if postmarked no later than wednesday, December 16, 2009, Scholastics entry fee $10.00. International Masters and Grand Masters FREE entry if registered no later than monday, december 14, 2009, Entry will be deducted from cash prize.


CASH PRIZES: OPEN $120 and $80, U1900 $75, U1500 $50, Firefighters $50, $45 & $30, Scholastic Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Place winners.

Please mail and make checks payable to: Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 with full name, USCF id number, Section of play and telephone number, postmarked no later than wednesday, december 16, 2009. ONLINE registration to no later than midnight, december 18, 2009, with full name, section, uscf id number and telephone number, must check in no later than 9:30am on saturday, december 19, 2009.