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HOLIDAY GRAND PRIX 2010 RESULTS

On December 18th, we hosted an all time high of forty seven (47) players in four sections. I want to send a special "THANKS" to the following players in the Unrated Urban Queens section, a new section dedicated to encourage scholastic females to participate. In the Urban Queens Section hosted eight players which six were females but all are beginners to tournament play.

The winners were Undefeated 6th grader, Dylan J. Teague from Emmett Belknp School and newest member of the Lockport Knights Chess Club in Lockport NY, 2nd Place - Ruby Z. Soudant, 2nd grader at Olmstead #64, 3rd Place - Jessica C. Dixon, 3rd grader at Charter School for Applied Technology and 4th Place - Shayla Carr, 4th grader at ECC #17, both Jessica and Shayla are also member of the Schiller Park Chess Club which meets every tuesday afterschool program at the George K. Arthur Community Center on Genesee Street in Buffalo.

In the Star Scholastic K-12 Section, hosted 13 scholastic players. The winners were, Champion, Matthew Rzeznik, Bishop Timon, 2nd Place - Wes Darling, Pioneer Chess Club, 3rd Place - Trevor D. Cohn, Kenmore Middle, 4th Place - Kevin Roulhac, Urban Knight Chess Club and 5th Place - Justin Arrington, East High Dark Knight, earns his first chess trophy.

In the U1500 section, hosted 15 players. There was a four way tie for first place. Co-Champions were Urban Queen member, Diane M. Ruminski, Urban Knight Memtor, James P Davis, Esq., Chess Club of Buffalo member, Samuel E. Santora and Mark Meith. Upset leaders were Diane M. Ruminski with 1541 pts, Austin J. Kossow with 238 pts, Mark Meith with 188 pts, Tim Leahy with 147 pts, Nathan Palmisano with 102.5 pts, Steve L Baer with 24 pts and James P. Davis, Esq with 18 pts.

In the Holiday Open section Co Champions were National Master Lionel L. Davis and National Master, Barry Davis. Upset Leaders were Riyath Mallahi with 386 pts, Barry Davis with 72.5 pts, Thomas Warner with 49 pts and Ryan Madden with 45 pts.

Pictured are Thomas A. Warner and Michael A. Mc Duffie, named Co Tournament Directors of the Year 2010 by Mark Meith who awarded each four Excalibur Chess Clock for their efforts to the betterment of Scholastic chess in the Buffalo-Niagara and WNY region. In 2010 Mc Duffie was named the first Tournament Director of the Year and was awarded Chess Sets, boards and Chess Tactic books. We want to thank all the parents, grandparents and educators who continue to help support our scholastic efforts.

SAVE THE DATE! On Friday, June 3rd, Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 4th, 2011, we will host the 5th Annual Mayors Cup 2011 Class Championships, Buffalo State College, Campbell Student Union, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. The 2011 Mayors Cup Championships will have a Grand Masters Section, a 3 day event, 7 Rounds, Swiss, FIDE Open rated, Guaranteed Cash Prizes in the Grand Prix section. All other sections will only be 2 day, 5 Rounds, Swiss event and a one day, 5 rounds, Game 50, Star Scholastic K-12 event.

Garnell Whitfield Jr, Buffalo Fire Commissioner and the Archangel 8 Chess Acadmey want to say "Thank you" to the entire Buffalo Chess Community and The Main Liberty Group for the development, growth and continued support for the Buffalo monthly chess tournaments. Happy New Year 2011!

Study like Ending

Today Kramnik vs Carlsen at london chess classic witnessed a study like ending .. something I have never come across. Carlsen was in a totally lost position a piece down and made a tricky move ...Rg5-c5 (Diagram 1)inviting what would seem to everyone a tactic that Kramnik latched onto immediately. So white played Rxd6+ and forked the king and rook next move and to reach diagram 2. One would think this is easy win for white.... plan is to simply sac the bishop for the black's a pawn (when it advances) mean while the king collects black queen side pawn. Amazingly, black does not bother with the a pawn but tries to box the white king out. Kramnik could not win. But there are several GM as I type this one trying to find a win for white in this very complicated study like endgame. I will comment when I understand more on this. Meanwhile, if you have the time play it out and enjoy. The full game can be replayed at http://chessbase.com/news/2010/london/games/lcc06.htm ( Look into Kramnik vs Carlsen there )

Season's Greetings / Chess Analysis

Dear Buffalo Friends, Warm greetings of the season. Still busy with term and much else. However, as part of a trade of favors, I've annotated two games from the London Classic at The Chess Mind, which I thought you would like to see. And you should follow Dennis Monokroussos' excellent annotations there generally... Sincerely, ---Ken R.

URBAN QUEENS "FREE" CHESS WORKSHOP

The Urban Queens Chess Club and The Schiller Park Chess Club are hosting a FREE Chess workshop for females of all ages to learn chess basics.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the George K Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY. Lessons will start at 11am until 1pm. Chess sets, chess boards and scoresheets are provided.

Please register online no later than midnight, December 10th at arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name and telephone number.

Thanks for all your help and cooperation.

Reminder of the Holiday Grand Prix Chess Tournament, Sat. Dec 18th at the Main Place Mall, Upper level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Free parking under the Mall. Advance registrations must be received by wednesday, December 15th, checks are made payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221. Please include full name, USCF Id nnumber and telephone number.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and Founder - Urban Queens Chess Club

26th USA Jr. Chess Olympic results

The 26th USA Jr Chess Olympics set a new record (71 entries!) last Saturday. The event was held at the Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire,NY. This tournament showcased some of the strongest scholastic players and teams in Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, and Canada.

In the grade 7-12 section, The International Dark Knights team, made up of mostly Buffalo players with 1 Canadian student and coached by Michael A. Mc Duffie, took 1st place out of 9 teams. The host team Pioneer finished 2nd, while the Wilson Foundation Academy of Rochester took 3rd. Other teams were Barker Road Middle School(Rochester) Bishop Timon (Buffalo), Fairport (Rochester),Johanna Perrin School (Rochester), Mackenzie team (Erie,Pa) and newcomers to the USCF Cattaraugus/Little Valley.

Ryan Madden of Pioneer took the individual gold in the section on tiebreaks as there were 6 students tied with 4pts! Abe Glasser and Ethan Yung, both of Barker Road Middle School took silver and bronze. Nathan Braasch, Webster Kehoe, and Nolan Henrie also had 4pts.

In the K-6 section the Gold was won by the Global Concepts Charter School of Lackawanna, coached by Antonio Cirrillo. Pioneer took 2nd and the Mackenzie team of Erie,Pa finished 3rd. Also competing were the French Road School, Scribner school, Indian Landing School (all of Rochester), SS Peter and Paul (Hamburg NY) and the International Dark Knights (Buffalo).

Individual gold in this section was won by Alden Mackenzie of Erie,Pa. Reagan Lyle of Global Concepts won the silver and Jacob Chen the bronze. Sam Santora finished 4th. All four players had 4pts.

In the unrated section Zach Yung of Rochester went undefeated 5-0 to win the gold. Hunter Witt took the silver and Mike Pinzel won the bronze. Both are Pioneer students and had 4pts. Mike Dunaevsky of Rochester also had 4pts.

There was also an adult tournament with 6 players. Pat Patterson continued his fine play of late and won with 4 wins 0 losses.

Thanks to all the coaches, parents, and kids for making this event a memorable one. Also to Dr. Meith for donating the medals and Bob Simpson for doing a fine job emceeing at the awards ceremony! Lets do it all again next December!

26th USA Jr Chess Olympics

It is that time of the year again. Scholastic chess players and teams from all around the region are reading themselves for the 26th USA Jr Chess Olympics! Last year 55 players competed. How many will there be this year? Sat. Dec 4 , 2010 At Pioneer Middle School 12132 Old Olean Rd., Yorkshire NY 14173 5SS, G/30, EF $7 includes free pizza for lunch! Rds. 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 2 Sections: K-6 and 7-12 Prizes: Olympic style medals to 1st, 2nd,and 3rd place winners for individual and the top four playes of the top three teams in each section. (As seen above: On the right- the participation medal for each player, while on the left is one of the winner's medals which must be earned.) USCF membership required for rated sections, but can join at the tournament. No limit to number of players on any team, but only the top 4 scorers for each team will count for the team total. Nor is there any minimum number to field a team. There will also be a non-rated tournament for non-rated players and those rated u500 with an entry fee of $5 with trophies given out to the top 3 in the unrated section. Just announced: There also will be an extra adult open rated tournament section with an EF of $5 with a cash prize based on the number who enter. For entries & information contact Tom Warner at 716-560-4160 or warner689@roadrunner.com Teams from Bishop Timon, East High School of Buffalo, Global Concepts Charter School of Lackawanna, Cattaragus/Little Valley, Wilson, Rochester area, Springville,and Pioneer have commited to sending teams. Individuals also welcome. If you don't have enough players to make a team, you may combine with others or be a team of One!

Happy Thanksgiving

To everyone who remembers to be thankful for all things we receive in our lives from the ONE and from anyone: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Marijan

HOLIDAY GRAND PRIX 2010

Presented and hosted by Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

$415 GUARANTEED CASH PRIZES! PIZZA and Refreshments for all paid tournament players!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010

Four rounds, Swiss, Game 50, USCF membership required!

Sections of play: Open, U1500 and Scholastic. EF$35, $25 if received by wednesday, December 15, 2010.

Game schedules:Registration closes at 9:25am, Games start at 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

STAR SCHOLASTICS:Registration closes at 10:30am. EF $15, $10 if received by wednesday, December 15, 2010. Games start at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Awards to follow! Trophies to the Top 5 winners!

NEW! Guaranteed Cash Prizes: Open $150 and $80, U1500 $60 & $50.

Online Registration:Must be received by friday, December 17, 2010 with full name, USCF Id number, and telephone, to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 with full name, USCF Id number and telephone. Must be received no later than wednesday, December 15, 2010. No checks onsite,US dollars, Cash only onsite. Late entries must take one half point. Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and Chief Tournament Director

ARMED FORCES - 761ST TANK BATTALION GRAND PRIX OPEN 2010 RESULTS

A big "SALUTE" to all the veterans and their family members. We really appreciate all you have and all you will do for the United States of America.
A special note, George Barton stopped by, in improved health and wanted me to wish everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving". It was George Barton's idea to host an Armed Forces Tournament. Im glad he got to witness the thirty six players who came and supported his idea. George has been under the weather but stopped by for a brief moment, played several casual games against Joshua Hampton, East High Dark Knights and hopes to return to tournament play in 2011.

With the recent passing of Grand Master Larry Evans, member of the Manhattan Chess Club in New York City, died in Reno, Nevada on Friday, November 19, 2010, helped Bobby Fischer win the US Championship in 1972 and also Dr. Rawle Farley, Rochester Chess Center member also passed away. In rembererance of both members of the Chess Community, we named the Scholastic Section in their memory. Keep their familes and friends in your prayers.

The results in the Evans - Farley Memorial Scholastic Section was Undefeated Champion, Vinay Sharma from Ontario, Canada. Our first international scholastic champion, earning 2nd Place - Jonathan Boone, East High Dark Knights, 3rd Place - Wes Darling, Pioneer Chess Club and 4th Place - James W. Hampton, East High Dark Knights. We want to welcome to the US Chess Federation and the Buffalo Chess community, Justin Arrington, a new recruit from East High Dark Knights and Zachary Bodeck, Bishop Timon.

The Korean War Veteran Section, are celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year. There were 18 players and a big "Salute" goes to Chris Darling, Austin Kossow, Nathan Palmisano, Ryan Palmisano and Carl Raymore who are now stepping up to the next challenge from the Scholastic Section and into the U1500. Welcome newcomers, Daniel S. Thompson, Amherst, NY and Riyath A. Mallahi, Bishop Timon to the U1500 section.

The results of the Korean War Section - Undefeated Champion, Yogesh Bedekar, tied for 2nd place - John T. Nelson, Bishop Timon and Vinay Sharma, Ontario, Canada.

The Upset Leaders were as follows; John T. Nelson - 1317 pts., Justin Craddock - 767 pts., Matt Leahy - 526 pts., Chris Darling - 318 pts., Ryan Palmisano - 282.5 pts., Carl Raymore - 101 pts.,Daniel S. Thompson - 86 pts., and Austin Kossow - 69pts.

The results of the Armed Forces - 761st Tank Battalion Section were; Co-Champions - Barry Davis(2076), National Master and Lionel L. Davis(2236), National Master. The U1900 winner was Albert Patterson, Pioneer Chess Club.

Upset Leaders were; Riyath A. Mallahi - 349 pts., David M. Biddle - 161 pts., Albert Patterson - 136 pts., David S. Miller - 123 pts., Barry Davis - 80 pts., and Ryan Madden - 22 pts.

A special thanks to Diane Ruminski who helped volunteered with the pizza, chocolate and refreshements, Dr. James Paul for his contribution for the "healthy choice" fruit basket and Robert Simpson, Esq. for his contributions for pizza and photographs.

We want to personally wish to you and your families a "HAPPY THANKSGIVING"!.

Our next Holiday Grand Prix tournament will be Saturday, December 18, 2010, Advanced entries must be received no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010 and mailed to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221. Online registration no later than Friday, December 17, 2010 with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, USCF Id number and telephone. Help us continue to grow our Buffalo Chess community, Tell a Friend! and Bring a Friend! recruitment program.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and U.S. Chess Federation, Tournament Director.

FIRST ANNUAL DUAL SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBTION REPORT

Yogesh Bedecker-the only challenger to win in the Dual Simul Pictured above from left to right are Mr. Michal McDuffie "WNY Chess Ambassador", Dr. Ken Regan International Master, and Mr. Barry Davis-National Master.
The WNY Chess Ambassador - Michael A. Mc Duffie, has done it again. He has visibly placed chess on the map in Buffalo, New York and the surrounding areas.

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, he and Borders Bookstore combined their efforts and sponsored the First Dual Annual Simultaneous Chess Exhibition in Western New York.

The Exhibitors, International Master- Dr. Kenneth Regan and National Master- Barry Davis, played 15 opponents simultaneously, with each Exhibitor alternating moves at each chess board against each challenger. In that way, one player would make a move and the other Exhibitor would make the next move on the very same chess board.

There were 15 challengers:One woman, two 10 year boys, and 12 men. The two Exhibitors won 14 games. They were not infallible, however, as they did lose one game. The giant slayer was Yogesh Bedeker, an unrated chess player. The other challengers were: Diane Ruminski, Ian Castro and Bryan Castro, James P. Davis, Benjamin Rummell, Miles James, Justin Craddock, Glenn Westcott, Matthew Newarett, Joshua Graf, Joe Tornambe, Garrett Thomas, Ronald O'Mara and Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador.

Chess activity is not new at Borders Bookstore. It is one of the venues where the Chess Ambassador sponsors activities one night a week, and where chess amateurs go to find a chess game.

Our collective hats are tipped to enthuiastically thank the Chess Ambassador Mc Duffie for his continuning and sincere commitment to local chess. Why? Because chess is one of those board games that reguires logic, planning, strategy, tactics and problem solving. Also, it is excellent for our youth and seniors because it "beats the streets" and can help to prevent Alzheimers.

Respectfully submitted by James P. Davis, Esq.

To see more photos from this event click the link on the upper right hand side of this blog or by clicking http://picasaweb.google.com/buffaloniagarachess/DualSimul##

2010 WNY FALL SCHOLASTIC FALL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Thirty five scholastic players participated in the Third Annual WNY Scholastic Fall Team Chess Championships, held yesterday at the Main Place Mall in Buffalo, NY. Twenty six of the thirty five players are members of the United States Chess Federation. It has made the news and here is a video published at WIVB.

The fall classic was hosted by The Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Clinics, Simpson & Simpson, LLC., in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Tournament directors were Thomas Warner and Michael A. Mc Duffie.

Trophy sponsor Willie Hutch Jones, a former NBA player of the Los Angeles Lakers and The LA Clippers (formerly The Buffalo Braves), spoke to the participants, signed autographs, took pictures with the teams and the individual awardees.

The TOP STAR AWARD was won by Serenity Austin, 3rd grader from the Lydia T Wright School and member of the Gloria J Parks Chess Club for her performance in the K-3 section. Grandson, Ethen Warner, grandson of Thomas A. Warner, participated in his first chess championship and earned his first STAR Medal. Welcome Ethen!

The results in the K - 3 Veterans Day Section, The newly formed Olmstead #64 Chess Club are 2010 Scholastic Team Champions. Individual Top Honors went to Ruby Soudant, 2nd grader at Olmstead #64 was Champion and TOP FEMALE Chess Player, 2nd Place went to Jonathan Motten, 3rd grader at St. Christopher Catholic Chess Club, Urban Knights Chess Club and Gloria J Parks Chess Club member and 3rd Place - Serenity Austin, 3rd grader at Lydia T Wright School of Excellence.

The K - 8th Korean War Veterans Section: The 2010 Scholastic Team Champions - Pioneer Chess Club, Arcade, NY, Coached by Thomas Warner. 2nd Place Team - The Knights of the Homeschool Table and 3rd Place Team - Olmstead #64.

The 2010 Scholastic Champion was Undefeated - Ryan Palmisano, grandson of Thomas A. Warner and The Pioneer Chess Team, 2nd Place - Austin Kossow, grandson of Thomas A. Warner and The Pioneer Chess Team, 3rd Place - Kevin Lyle, Chess Club of Buffalo,4th Place - Samuel Santora, Chess Club of Buffalo and member of the Niagara Falls - Wegmans Chess Wednesday night group, and 5th Place - Todd Thompson, The Pioneer Chess Club.

Upset K - 8 Leaders were Mike Penzel, Pioneer Chess Club, John Blum, Zach Madden - Pioneer Chess Club, Ryan Palmisano, Pioneer Chess Club and Austin Kossow, Pioneer Chess Club.

The 2010 WNY Scholastic Fall Team K - 12 Section Champions - The Pioneer Chess Team, Coached by Thomas A. Warner, 2nd Place Team - East High School Dark Knights.

Undefeated 2010 WNY Scholastic K-12 Champion - Ryan Madden, 9th grader at Pioneer Chess Club, 2nd Place - Nathan Palmisano, 7th grader, grandson of Thomas A. Warner, Pioneer Chess Club, 3rd Place - Newcomer Karl White, 11th grader at East High, 4th Place - Joshua Hampton, 11th grader at East High, 5th Place - Wes Darling, 10th grader at Pioneer Chess Club.

Upset Leaders were Jonathan Boone and Joshua Hampton both students at East High.

Special thanks to all the parents, moms and dads who helped serve Pizza and refreshments. We have pictures to be sent that I will add later.

Sincerely, Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Patterson repeats in Sardinia

For the second month in a row Albert (Pat) Patterson won the Sardinia quick tournament last Saturday. He beat Todd Thompson, Ryan Madden, and Carl Raymore to take 1st place. Ryan Madden finished 2nd while Ryan Palmisano won the u1200 prize. Also competing were Tom Warner, Nathan Palmisano, and Zach Madden.

Every game in this tournament was very hard fought, which bodes well for the future of chess in our area. These kids are starting to get good!

In the Scholastic section James Lyon of Hamburg won the trophy by winning a playoff over Zach Madden. Todd Thompson, Anderson Miles, Lucas Grisanti, Carl Raymore, and Ryan Palmisano also competed.

The next tournament is the USA Jr Chess Olympics which will be held Dec 4 at the Pioneer Middle School,Yorkshire NY. Team and individual prizes will be given. Cost is $7 per student which includes pizza for lunch! More details will be coming

ARMED FORCES GRAND PRIX OPEN TOURNAMENT 2010

Hosted by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, to honor those veterans who have served and are servicing the United States of America. Highlighted are those who served in the Korean War, celebrating their 60th Anniversary, The 761st Tank Battalion, known as the Black Panthers, an all black miltary battalion who aided General Patton in WWII. Jackie Robinson was a member of the "Black Panthers" but was kept home because of a racial incident on a bus. The Black Panthers were awarded Presidental and Congressional Medals of Honor. We will also pay tribute to Anand Viswanathan with a special "Festival of Lights" Indian dance troupe for defending his Championship Title.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, FREE PARKING UNDER MALL.

All players must report no later than 9:25am.

Four rounds, Swiss, Game 50. PIZZA and Refreshments for all paid tournament players. USCF membership is required!

Game schedule:Rd 1 at 9:45am, Rd.2 at 11:30am, Rd.3 at 1:15pm & Rd.4 at 3pm.

GUARANTEED CASH PRIZES: Open - $120 & $80, Class Prizes; U1900 $75, U1500 - $60 & $50.

Advance Entry Fee:$25 or $35 CASH ONLY. If received by Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

STAR SCHOLASTIC K-12 SECTION: 5 Rounds, Swiss, Game 30.

Trophies to the TOP 4 winners.

Entry Fee:$10 vs. $15 CASH At the door. Registration closes at 10:30am.

SCHOLASTIC SCHEDULE:Rd One at 11AM, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, with full name, section, USCF Id number and telephone number. If you have any questions, please email reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. Online registrations must be received by friday, November 19, 2010.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Buffalo-Niagara Wins First Place!

This past Saturday at St. Bonaventure University, "The Thundering Herd" Team from Buffalo-Niagara won The Second Annual Robert Johnson Memorial Chess Team Tournament.
They narrowly beat the team from Bradford, PA, while finishing third was the Southtowns Team. Jamestown Chess Club also competed in the event.
"The Thundering Herd" featured NM Barry Davis who tied for first in the Open Section with 2.5/3. Top scorer for the team, however, was Robert Simpson who captured the full three points in winning the U1600 Section out right. Also performing well were expert Rev. Marijan Procyk with 2 points in the Open,Tom Callea who garnered 1.5 points playing in both sections, and Vic Bahl who collected 1.5 points in the U1600. In non scoring positions but rounding out the team were Samuel Santora and Mark Mieth.

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. Nov. 6 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. Prizes based on entries Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail warner689@roadrunner.com

THIRD ANNUAL WNY SCHOLASTIC K-12 FALL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hosted and presented by Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Programs, Simpson & Simpson, LLC. and Main Liberty Group in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010, Main Place Mall, Upper level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201. FREE Parking under the Mall, FOOD COURT open during tournament play.

This Scholastic K - 12 Team Championships are open to homeschool, club and school teams. Five members make a team. Schools may have more than one team or more than five players but only the top five scores count towards the team score.

FORMAT:Five Rounds, Swiss, Game 30, USCF rules enforced. Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

Advance Entry Team Fee:$50 per team, deadline by Wednesday, November 10, 2010 or $75 CASH ONLY at the Door.

SECTIONS OF PLAY: PRIMARY - (K - 3), MIDDLE - (K-8) and HIGH SCHOOL (K-12).

REGISTRATION:On site closes at 10:15am. ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, Team name, School, Age, Grade, Section and Telephone, no later than midnight on friday, Novemeber 12, 2010.

GAME SCHEDULE:RD 1 at 11am, RD 2 at Noon, RD 3 at 1pm, RD 4 at 2pm and FINALS at 3pm, Trophy presentation to follow immediately!

TROPHY Sponsor:The Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Programs. Team Trophies to the TOP 3 Teams in each section. Individual Trophies awarded to the TOP 5 players in each section. TOP FEMALE AWARD!

Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

PIZZA and REFRESHMENTS provided to all paid tournament chess players.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

LOCKPORT KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB MEETS!

The Lockport Knights Chess Club will officially meet for the next six weeks at the Lockport Youth Center located at Transit Road and Willow Avenue, Lockport, NY.

The first meeting will be Monday night, November 1, 2010 from 6:45pm until 8:30pm. Chess Sets, chess boards are provided. The chess club is open to all ages and all levels of play.

The club will host a six week chess league play and their is currently 12 players who have signed up for the league. If you are interested, please RSVP to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. Registration is being handled by the Lockport Youth Center and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy with further details to follow tonight.

A special thanks to Robert Simpson, Simpson & Simpson,LLC., donated a digital chess clock to the Archangel 8 Chess Academy for usage with the Lockport Knights Chess Club.

Meeting dates are Monday, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and December 6th, 2010.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

PURPLE PAWNS CHESS CLUB MEETS!

Niagara University Office of (MISA)Multicultural & International Student Affairs in conjunctin with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy has decided to establish "The Purple Pawn" Chess Club and will have their first official meeting on Friday, November 5, 2010 from Noon until 2:30pm at the Niagara University Gallagher Center. RSVP please reply to Arcangel8chess@yahoo.com no later than midnight on thursday, November 4th with full name and telephone number.

Please bring chess set, chess board and chess clock. Limited chess equipment available.

The next scheduled meeting will be friday, December 3, 2010 at the Gallagher Center. The 2011 schedule will be announced when the details are confirmed.

Thanks for all your help and support.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

GEORGE K. ARTHUR SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT RESULTS 2010

The Schiller Park Chess Club in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy hosted its first of many chess tournaments. The tournament was hosted in the George K Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genesee Street in Buffalo, NY. The tournament was named after George K. Arthur who is long standing community activist in the neighborhood and is a long standing supporter of The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. The goal is to make the game of chess accessible to those in the Schiller Park community and those of the afterschool program where they have limited resources for travel. We plan to have other tournaments over holidays when schools are closed.

There were twelve players including two females. The new female chess players were Laura Cohn, 2nd grader at Lindbergh Elementary, Kenmore, New York and Lafranee Daniel, 5th grader at Trinity Catholic Academy and both are members of the Urban Queens Chess Club. Other schools represented were East High School with four players, Jonathan Boone and Ilon Crittenden are new members and returnees are James Hampton and Joshua Hampton. Olmstead #64 has now started an afterschool chess club had three fourth graders, Miles James, Urban Knight member, Oren Forgette and Nathaniel Spencer, Olmstead #97 was represented by 5th grader,Joshua Harbert(new Gloria J Parks Chess club member) and Miles Glenn from the Urban Knights Chess Club.

Lafranee Daniel, 5ht grader at Trinity Catholic Academy was awarded the TOP Female Trophy for her performance.

The results of the K - 6th Section are Champion - Matthew Schlaak, 2nd grader from the Chess Club of Buffalo, 2nd Place - Nathaniel Spencer,4th grader at Olmstead #64, 3rd Place - Laura Cohn, 2nd grader at Lindbergh Elmentary and 4th Place - Joshua Harbert, 5th grader at Olmstead #97.

The results of the K - 12th Section are NEW CHAMPION - Jonathan Boone, 11th grader at East High School, 2nd Place - James Hampton, 11th grader at East High, 3rd Place - Joshua Hampton, 11th grader at East High and 4th Place - Miles Glenn, 7th grader from the Urban Knights Chess Club.

Photos were taken by the Schlaak family! Congratulations to Matthew on his first trophy!

A special thanks to the staff of the George K Arthur Community Center for making this chess event special during National Chess Month! Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

NATIONAL CHESS MONTH BLITZ QUADS 2010

In honor of National Chess Month, The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host a Quad Chess Tournament in the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY during the business lunch time 11:30am until 2pm on Friday, October 29, 2010.

This is a FREE Special event, USCF rules enforced! Come out and play blitz games to promote the game of chess to the Buffalo business community. Blitz games are chess games under Game 29. Most know of games of 5 minutes.

Please register online in advance. We will random select players to a Quad, we will try to match players as best we can. Please report to the Upper Level of the Main Place Mall by 11:15am. After Quad winners then we will attempt to have a play off for a National Chess Month Blitz Champion!

Registation online with full name, USCF Id number and telephone number to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com, no later than thursday, October 28, 2010 by midnight.

Please bring your chess set, chess board and chess clock, limited supply available!

Thank you for your support. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT

Hosted by Schiller Park Chess Club in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, October 30, 2010. George K Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211.

This tournament is open to all students in grades K - 12th. Two sections of play are K - 6th and 7th - 12th grades. USCF members and non members will play in both Unrated and Rated sections.

Advance entry fee is $10 if registered online by midnight, friday, Oct 29th with full name, age, grade, school, USCF Id number and telephone number. Or $15 Cash only at the door.

All players must report and be paid by 11:30am. Games will start at Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Five games, Swiss, Game 30, USCF rules are enforced!

Please bring chess set, chess board and chess clock. Limited chess sets and chess boards.

Online registrations with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com by midnight friday, October 29, 2010.

Trophies to the Top 4 players in both sections. Top female trophy.

Thanks for your support. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

LOCKPORT KNIGHTS CHESS CLUB OPENS!

In celebration of National Chess Month, we now have an official USCF Chess Club in the Lockport Community. Details and logistics are still being worked out for hosting USCF tournaments. Pictured are the founding members of the newly established USCF affiliate, Lockport Knights Chess Club. The members welcome the chess community to join them every thurdsday nights from 6:45pm unitl 8:30pm at the Lockport Youth Recreational Center, located at Willow and Transit.

The Lockport Knights Open house will start on thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7pm until 8:30pm. A six week Chess league will start, Game 25, Quad format for the inital three games with playoffs to be completed by December 2, 2010.

Ten algebraic chess boards and chess sets are available for the chess club members. The club was the joint effort of Lucy Pencille, The Lockport Youth Recreation and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Over 15 registrations were collected in advance for this organization at the Charles Upson Elementary School.

The Chess club will be available to chess players of all ages and all levels. Females and minorities are strongly encouraged to join.

The club is in need of digital chess clocks, 2 Demo boards and chess tactic books. Chess instructions and lessons will be provided by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy under the direction of Michael A. Mc Duffie, US Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach and Tournament Director.

If you have any suggestions or comments about how to join, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, USCF id number and telephone number.

Respectfully submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

NATIONAL CHESS MONTH GRAND PRIX 2010 RESULTS


Update Cross table
Link to photos from the tournament
Link to photos from the simul
Twenty three total players turned out to help promote and celebrate National Chess Month. So designated by former President Gerald Ford in 1976. New referrrals were Yogesh Bedeker, Ricardo G. Ortiz, Justin Craddock and Matthew Ramey. Returning canadian student vistor, Vinay Sharma added an international spirit to the event.

Pictured with USCF Tournament Director, Michael A. Mc Duffie are the Co-Champions of the Grand Prix section were National Masters, Barry Davis and Lionel L. Davis. U1900 Class prizes winners were Harish Srinivasan and David Gluchowski. Upset leaders were David Gluchowski with 215 points and National Master Barry Davis with 87 points.

The U1500 section Champion was James P. Davis, Esq. and a three way tie for second place were Robert P. Simpson, Esq., William Rich and James J. Paul, MD.

The Hampton twins took top honors of First and Second Place in the NCM Scholastic Section.

Special recognition and Kudos to Samuel E. Santora, a third grader from the Chess Club of Buffalo, a chess club for homeschool students, earned two points in his first outing in the U1500 section. Sam was quite the chess celebrity on friday at the Niagara University Purple Pawn chess tournament, playing against college players and a college professor, who signed up to have the chance to play against him. Sam did win a great majority of his time controlled games.

Special thanks to Mrs. Santora who took leadership in serving pizza and refreshments and took some candid photos for our chess archives.

Our next Special Event promoting National Chess Month will be a Dual Simul Chess Exhibition featuring International Master Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D and National Master Barry Davis, on Sunday, October 17th at the Borders on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga starting at 2pm. The chess community members who wish to participate are asked to report and be seated no later than 1:30pm with chess set and chess board. James P. Davis will be collecting the players scoresheets from the event for his book, titled "Simply Chess in Buffalo".

The next Buffalo Monthly Grand Prix tournament will be Saturday, November 20, 2010, held in the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. If you have any questions or comments, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com and let us know what you think.

Help continue to grow our chess community, "Tell a Friend and Bring a Friend". Referrals of the Month CONGRATULATIONS! to Harish Srinivasan and David Gluchowski who brought out three new chess players.

submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

PURPLE PAWNS BLITZ QUAD TOURNAMENT

In celebration of National Chess Month, Niagara University Office of Multicultural & International Student Affairs(MISA) in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host a three round thriller quad chess tournament in the Gallagher Center on Friday, October 15th from Noon until 2pm.

Chess players will be placed random in a Quad, Game 25, USCF rules enforced! This tournament is to help establish and promote a Chess Club on campus. The tournament has been promoted to the local chess community, faculty, staff and stduents of Niagara University.

To register, please email reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com no later than midnight, Thursday, October 14th with full name and telephone number. Limited chess sets will be provided, please bring chess set, chess board and chess clock. Players must be checked in no later than 11:40am, Games will start at Noon.

If you have any questions or comments, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

NATIONAL CHESS MONTH GRAND PRIX 2010

Hosted and presented by Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., Buffalo Fire Commissioner in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy to promote National Chess Month.

Saturday, October 16, 2010 in the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Free Parking under the Mall, Food Court Open during tournament play.

This is a US Chess Federation Open rated tournament. Four rounds, Swiss, Game 60 50. All players are required to bring chess set, chess board and chess clock. US Chess Federation membership required! All tournament players are required to be paid and checked in no later than 9:30am. Games start at 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

PIZZA AND REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED FOR ALL PAID TOURNAMENT PLAYERS!

Advance discount entry fee $25 vs $35 Cash only at the door will be provided if reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com no later than midnight, Friday, October 15, 2010. Please include full name, USCF Id number and section of play.

Two Sections: Open and U1500. Guaranteed Cash Prizes: Open $120, $80 and U1900 $75.00, U1500 Cash Prizes: $60 and $50.

STAR SCHOLASTIC SECTION:Entry Fee $15.00, New Schedule, Games will start at 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm. Five rounds,(No elimination)Swiss, Game 30, with Trophies awarded to the top four players.

Future Grand Prix Tournaments will be every Third Saturday of each month. November 20th and December 18th, 2010. Tell a Friend! Bring a Friend!

Any comments or questions please email your reply to

arcangel8chess@yahoo.com

Thanks to everyone for their continued support.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Patterson wins in Sardinia

Albert (Pat) Patterson defeated Ryan Madden, Ryan Palmisano, and Nathan Palmisano to win the Sardinia Tournament last Saturday. Congrats to Pat for his fine play.

In the scholastic section Ryan Palmisano won with 7.5pts. Sam santora scored 7 to finish 2nd, while Nathan Palmisano got 6 for 3rd place.

Also competing were Zach Madden, James Lyon, Nate and Nick Schiener, Nick Brennan, Max Peters, Lucas Grisanti, and newcomer Anderson Miles. Next tournament Nov. 6.

The crosstable is available at http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201010090221

Also keep in mind the USA Jr. Chess Olympics will be held Sat Dec 4th at the Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire NY. (about 45 mins from Buffalo). There will be team and individual prizes in 2 sections, K-6 and 7-12. There will also be a non-rated section. Coaches, start getting your teams ready!

FIND SOME FRIENDS and PLAY FOR FREE!!!!

(pictured above was last year's Buffalo Blizzards team)
The following was just received from The American Chess School regarding this year's Second Annual Robert C. Johnson Memorial Team Rated Chess Tournament event at St. Bonaventure: The 2010 Robert C. Johnson Memorial Chess Tournament Location:The University Club above Hickey Dining Hall at St. Bonaventure University [#18] & Café La Verna [#17]. We’ll use the Café for skittles. Check the campus map at: www.sbu.edu/uploadedFiles/About/Visit_SBU/Area/campus_map.pdf Parking: available on Juvenal Lalor Drive [and Herscher Drive] near the Magano Centre entrance to Café La Verna and the University Club. Parking is also available in several other areas on campus. Entry Fee: FREE! [players in the rated sections must be current USCF members or renew at the tournament] Prizes:Donations will be gratefully accepted to help pay for trophies, rating fees, and any rent charges. There is a rotating first place team trophy and first place individual trophies in each of the three sections. Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010 Time 9:30 am – 8:30 pm Rounds:10 – 1:30 – 5 [In case of a tie for top team, there will be a speed chess head-to-head playoff] Time Control: G/90 or if you are using digital, G/85 with a 5 second delay Format:Teams The top team will be comprised of the top 5 scorers combined from the open and U1600 sections. At least one of the 5 scorers must play in the open section. The unrated section will not count towards the top team. Registration: Please register in advance with a reply to amchess@verizon.net Please include full name, USCF ID number, rating [if you have one], section [Open, U1600, or Unrated], team you’re competing for, and your email address or phone number. Important***** There will be NO on site registration! Please register by email at least 2 days in advance. Notes Parking is available behind the Reilly Center and other lots on campus. The Café La Verna [#17 on the map] will be open throughout the day. There will be at least an extra half hour between rounds to allow time to grab a bite. Please bring chess set, board, and chess clock if available. The University Club is not handicapped accessible. Food Café La Verna is open from 7:30AM – 2:00 AM

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. Oct. 9 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. Prizes based on entries Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail warner689@roadrunner.com

Chess Olympiad

Go here for the results of Chess Olympiad. Congratulations to the winners! Chess Olympiad

Chess Meeting Tonight

A last minute reminder- the organizational meeting for the interscholastic Chess League for the Buffalo area is tonight at Cheektowaga High School at 3:30pm. Any one wishing to enter a team should be there! Or contact Scott at the Rochester Chess Center 585-442-2430 to see if you can still get in.

Also the Sardinia tournament will be next Sat. Oct 9- 3 round swiss, G/45, EF $10

PURPLE PAWNS BLITZ TOURNAMENT

The Archangel 8 Chess Academy in conjunction with Niagara University is establishing a weekly Collegiate Chess Club.
In honor of October being National Chess Month, they will be hosting a three round thriller open quick Game/15 Quad Format tournament from Noon until 2pm in The Gallagher Center on the beautiful Niagara University campus on Friday October 15, 2010.

This tournament is for the faculty, staff, and students of Niagara University as well as the local chess community. So come out and help us celebrate National Chess Month. There will be limited chess sets and boards, and seating. First come first served!

Advance online entries with full name, telephone number and USCF ID (if you have one) to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com no later than midnight Thursday, October 14, 2010. Digital chess clocks are needed!

Games will be started promptly at Noon, 12:30pm & 1pm. Players are asked to be checked in and seated for competition no later than 11:45am. Players will be assigned to a Quad and the winners of each Quad will be awarded a prize.

All questions should be sent to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com .

Yours In Chess,

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

UNDEFEATED KENNETH W. REGAN, Ph.D, WINS!

International Master Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D goes undefeated at the September Friendship Chess Festival 2010, held at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center in Buffalo, New York.

This was the final event of the summer and I want to personally thank the new attendance record of 28 chess players who supported our efforts. Newcomers to the Buffalo Chess community were Andrew and Ansgarius Aylwand, Craig Schneider from Erie, PA, Marcus D. Richardson, and Joshua Graf. Returnees and newly renewed their USCF memberships were Alexander Regan and Bryan Castro.

The cross table is at http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201009182441

The final results were the 2010 September Friendship Festival Undefeated Champion, Kenneth W. Regan, International Master and 2nd Place winner, Barry Davis, National Master. U1800 Class winners were Ryan Madden and Bryan S. Castro. The U1600 Class winners were Matthew Peck, James P. Davis, David Gluchowski, Marcus D. Richardson, Andrew Aylward and Ansgarius Aylward.

Upset Leaders were Alexander Regan, the only youth player from Nichols achieved 639 pts, Michael Skok - 239 pts, James J. Paul - 165.5 pts, Bryan S. Castro - 163 pts, Glenn Westcott - 99.5 pts and Barry Davis - 6 pts.

Our next tournament, Saturday, October 16, 2010, we will return back to the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY, for the remainder of the year to celebrate National Chess Month.

Also join us for the Archangel 8 Chess Academy, "Dual Simul" Chess Exhibition on Sunday, October 17th at the Walden Avenue, Borders Bookstore in Cheektowaga NY. The Dual Simul will feature International Master, Kenneth W. Regan and Barry Davis, National Master both are from Buffalo NY. Seating is limited, First come, First served! Reservations only with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com, please include full name and telephone number.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the FIDE Masters Summner chess series, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. Special thanks to Vic Bahl who captured some candid pictures of the event.

Final report by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Alekhine

You might find this article interesting:
on the photo:
Romanovsky on the left
Alekhine on the right

Vinay Sharma wins Sardinia scholastic

Newcomer Vinay Sharma(left) of Niagara Falls, Ontario won the Sardinia scholastic tournament last Saturday. He did it convincingly by winning 11 games and losing none! A fine performance by the 12 year old.

Sam Santora of Kenmore lost only to Vinay to finish 2nd. Todd Thompson and Luke Grisanti tied for 3rd with 7 pts.

Other participants were Zach Madden, Bobby Mahiques, Hunter Witt, Nate and Nick Schiener, Max Peters, Nick Brennan, and James Lyon who played in his first tournament and scored a very respectable 4 pts.

Next tournament Oct. 9th. See you there!

DUAL SIMUL EXHIBITION 2010 at BORDER BOOKS!

The Borders Bookstore in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy to help celebrate and promote National Chess Month in October 2010 will host a Dual Simul Exhibition.

To help promote the Royal Game of Chess, the exhibition will feature two of Buffalo's best players, International Master Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, the Buffalo Mayor's Cup Masters 2008 & 2010 Champion and National Master, Barry Davis.

Registrations are limited seating, so we are asking the Buffalo Chess Community to come out and support this "FREE EVENT".

Please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com, with full name and telephone number no later than Sunday, October 10, 2010. Players are asked to be seated by 1:30pm on the Black side of the table in the rear of the store. Borders Bookstore is located at 2015 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY 14225.

If you have any questions or comments please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Respectfully,

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. Sept. 11 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. Prizes based on entries Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail warner689@roadrunner.com

HAVEY WINS U1800 132nd NYS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Benjamin Havey, Kenmore NY, won first place in the U1800 section this weekend in Albany, NY at the 132nd NYS Championship. Others in the same section were Daniel Johnston finished 12th, Pierce Cummings finished 20th and Thomas Warner finished 27th. Trevor Cohn, Kenmore NY won three of six games, finished 29th in the U1300 section, a nice performance by WNY. They are now traveling back home.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

OCTOBER SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT 2010

Presented by Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., in conjunction with THE ARCHANGEL 8 CHESS ACADEMY.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30TH, 2010 held at the George K Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genese Street, Buffalo, NY 14211.(West of Genesee St and Harlem Road).

This is a NATIONAL CHESS MONTH SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT for students in grades 2nd thru 8th grades. This tournament is for UNRATED chess players and USCF Rated chess players. US Chess Federation rules are ENFORCED!

Sections are UNRATED and USCF RATED. FIVE Rounds, SWISS, GAME 30.

TROPHIES AWARDED TO THE TOP FOUR WINNERS IN EACH SECTION.

Each participant must bring a Chess Set, Chess Board and Chess Clock.

GAMES will start at NOON, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Awards and pictures to follow!

Trophies are provided by the Schiller Park Chess Club.

ADVANCED ENTRIES ARE $10 or $15, Cash only at the door.

Please make checks payable and mail to THE Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 with full name, grade, USCF Id number and Telephone.

If you have any questions, please email to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

SEPTEMBER FRIENDSHIP CHESS FESTIVAL 2010

Presented by Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., Buffalo Fire Commissioner in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010, at Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, New York. Free off street parking in the rear of Main & Heath.

Featuring International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, 2008 & 2010 Buffalo Mayor's Cup Masters Champion.

One Open Section, FOUR Rounds, SWISS, Games one & two are Game 60. Games 3 & 4 are Game 90, USCF membership is required! This is a US Chess Federation OPEN Rated tournament. One half point Bye available with advance notice to the Tournament Director at check in.

GUARANTEED CASH PRIZES ONLY!for 1st Place $100 & 2nd Place $50. B/25 entries Cash prizes will be U1800 $100 and $50, and U1600 $100 and $50.

GAMES WILL START AT 10am, Noon, 2:15pm and 5:30pm.

Registration must be received no later than Wednesday, September 15th with full name, USCF Id number and telephone number. Online advance registration must be received no later than midnight on Friday, September 17th, 2010 to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

ADVANCED ENTRY FEE $35 OR $45 CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR! Please make checks payable and mail to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, received no later than wednesday, september 15th. Please include full name, USCF Id number and telephone number.

Sardinia Tournament

Just a reminder - The monthly Sardinia tournament is next Saturday, Sept 11. Details next week. Good luck to everyone going to the NYS Championships this weekend!

AUGUST FIDE FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL 2010 - FINAL REPORT

Another successful CAN/AM, World Chess Federation, FIDE and USCF rated tournament is now complete. The August FIDE Friendship Festival 2010 had three Co - Champions! International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D., Buffalo's 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion, National Master, Lionel L. Davis and Neal Goldberg from Virginia. All three won 4 out of 5 games from a full field of twenty three.

Honorable mentions were Glenn Westcott, Erik W. Lubas from Kenmore West, David S. Miller and Harish Srinivasan all earned 3.5 points out of five games.

The TOP Upset Leaders were lead by Trevor D. Cohn a 7th grader at Kenmore Middle, scored 566 upset points, Glenn Westcott with 276.5 pts, Michael Skok with 265 pts, Glenn Conlin with 173 pts, Neal Goldberg with 135 pts, Steve L Baer with 128 pts, David S. Miller with 104.5 pts, James J. Paul with 67.5 pts and Partho Bhattacharya, a 10th grader at City Honors earned 53.5 pts.

The cross table is at http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201008223261

Our final 2010 Friendship Festival summer series tournament will be on Saturday, September 18, 2010. This will be a one day, USCF Open rated, Swiss, Four rounds, Game 90. This will be held at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. For more details and registration, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. Advance registrations are greatly appreciated no later than wednesday, September 15, 2010 with full name, USCF id number and telephone number.

We would like to thank all those who were supportive and participated in the tournament. Please "TELL A FRIEND" and "BRING A FRIEND".

Finally on a sad note, Christopher Smith, who graduated this year from Buffalo State College, has played in several tournaments and a frequent guest at the Urban Knights Chess Club, is now moving back to his home town New York City. We wish him well and hope to see him return in the future.

Reported by Michael A. Mc Duffie, World Chess Federation, Chief Arbiter

DAY One Report - AUG. FIDE Friendship Festival 2010

Reported by Chief Arbiter, Michael A. Mc Duffie

Featuring International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, PhD., 2008 and 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion.

Twenty three eager chess players turned out for the FIDE Festival. Canadian vistors are two students, Vinay Sharma from Welland Ontario and new USCF member, Owen Qian from Missauaga, Ontario. Other vistors, Neal Goldberg, Virginia, Sean C.J. Bourke, Rochester and Unversity of Buffalo graduate student Joseph Boomer from Chicago, Il. New USCF members are Marcus D. Richarson and renewal Emory Parish.

Area students bringing their chess skills are new comer John M. Carney from Nichols, Trevor D. Cohn from Kenmore Middle, Erik W. Lubas from Kenmore West and Parthho Bhattacharya from City Honors.

Upset leaders are Trevor d. Cohn, 6th grader, Kenmore Middle School with 566 points, Michael P. Skok with 265 points, Glenn Conlin with 173 points and Steve L. Baer with 128 points.

International Master Kenneth W. Regan and Glenn Westcott are the top two leaders with 3 points. Neal Goldberg and Harish Srinivasan are close behind with 2.5 points. Other honorable mentions are Lionel L. Davis, Erik Lubas, Owen Qian, Matthew Peck, Michael Skok, and Trevor Cohn all have 2 points.

Day Two starts at 10am and the Finals will be at 2:30 pm.

Special thanks to Robert Simpson for his photography skills to the Festival.

Interesting Final Position

This unique position was reached in today's game between GM Howell and GM Nielson in the ongoing NH Rising Stars vs Experience. And guess what, black resigned here. You can go over the full game with live video analysis from the white player at chessvibes http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/rising-stars-enter-last-round-with-four-point-lead/#more-28824

2nd ANNUAL WNY FALL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

Presented by Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., in conjunction with Simpson & Simpson, PLLC and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010, held at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Free Parking under the Mall. FOOD COURT OPEN!

This is an "UNRATED" Fall Team Chess Championship for K - 12 students. Teams consist of two to five members. Schools may have more than one team, only the top five scores count towards team scores. Please bring chess set, chess board and chess clock.

Format will be Five Rounds, Swiss, Game 30, Unrated, USCF Rules enforced.

Three sections: Elementary, Middle & High School

Advance Team Entry Fees: $50.00 per team or $70.00 onsite. Includes Pizza & Soda for all tournament players.

Team Trophies to the winners in each section. Individual Tropies to the TOP 5 Players in each section, including "TOP FEMALE" trophy.

Game Schedule: Registration closes at 10am. Games start at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm with Awards presentation to follow.

Please make and mail checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Please include full names of each player, School, Team name and Section of play. Online registratin with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

If you have any questions, please reply to the email listed above.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

AUGUST FIDE FRIENDSHIP CHESS FESTIVAL 2010

Hosted by Kellogg Leadership for Community Change and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Scheduled to appear International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, 2008 & 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion and International Master, Mladen Vucic, Yugoslavian Junior Champion.

Saturday and Sunday, August 21st & 22nd, 2010.

Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo NY(Main and Heath).

20 Enhanced USCF Grand Prix Points, Five Rounds, Swiss, Game 120, FIDE & USCF rated, USCF membership is required.

Two Sections of play & Entry Fees:Fide Masters Open, $55.00 and U1500, Advance entry fee $30 or $45 Onsite. One half BYE available upon request at registration.

Guaranteed Cash Prizes:FIDE MASTERS OPEN:$350 - $250 - $200, U2000 $175, U1800 $150.00.

U1500 Cash Prizes:$150 - $90 - $60.

Game Schedule:Registration closes at 9:30am., Games start at 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm., Sunday Schedule games start at 10am and 2:30pm.

Advance entries are greatly appreciated. Checks must be mailed and made payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Please include full name, USCF Id number, Section and telephone number.

Online registrations for the advance discount entry fees must be online no later than Wednesday, August 18, 2010, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

CANADIANS and FIDE Rated players are encouraged to participate.

Sincerely,

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Cousins, Russell tie in Sardinia

In his last tournament as a "free man"( he is getting married in Sept.!) Robert Cousins tied for first with Matthew Russell of Bradford Pa. last saturday in the monthly Sardinia tournament.

Cousins (2183) and Russell (1904), who plays sparingly due to his college studies, agreed to a draw with each having less than 2 minutes remaining on their clocks in a very close endgame. Probably the right decision for both.

Ben Havey and Pat Patterson drew their last round game to tie for 3rd while Nathan Palmisano won the U1500 prize. Also competing were Austin Kossow, Ryan Palmisano, and Carl Raymore.

In the Scholastic section Matt Ramey of Kenmore (in his first tournament!) won the trophy in a 5 min. blitz playoff with Luke Grisante. Both finished the regular tournament with 5.5/7. Rob Becker, Mike Pinzel, Hunter Witt, Sam Tillinghast, Nick Brennan, and Brandan LaMont also played.

I plan on playing in the New York State Open over the Labor Day weekend so the Sept tournament will be Sept 11. See you then!

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

The Pioneer Chess Club with their 2009-2010 trophies Sardinia Tournament Sat. August 7 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. Prizes based on entries Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail warner689@roadrunner.com

Chess Tempo Daily Chess Puzzle

I replaced the older daily puzzle with chesstempo's daily puzzle (on the blog's right hand side) as this gives three levels of difficulty for all level's of play. Enjoy them. If anybody is not able to see them, please comment. Thanks

Goring Gambit at Sardinia

A fine win by Albert Patterson using the Goring gambit in the last Sardinia tournament. Below is the game with some of his annotations. Thanks to Tom Warner for sharing this game.

Biel 2010 tactic

Its been a while since had a puzzle come up. This ones from today's game between GM Rodshtein and GM Negi in the ongoing very interesting young stars tournament Biel. Black (Negi) had a draw here with ...Ne1+ Kg1 (other king moves are worse for white, can you tell why?) ...Nf3+ But black blundered here with ...Rxd4. Can you see how white won after this?

2010 July Friendship Chess Festival Results

The final results are complete. International Master Mladen Vucic FIDE rated 2336 and pictured on left, and Candidate Master Daniel Malkiel of Pittsburgh, PA FIDE rated 2208 were Co-Champions of the July 2010 Festival. There was a third place tie with Life Master Lionel L. Davis (FIDE rating 2167)and Erik W. Lubas. The winners of the U1800 were Yakun Hu, James P. Davis and Matthew Peck.

The Upset Leaderboard were as follows, Glenn Conlin, 550.5 points, James J. Paul, 450.5 points, Daniel Malkiel with 133 points and James P. Davis with 119 points.

I want to personally thank all those who helped make this a successful opening series. We look forward to the August Friendship Chess Festival.

Advance registrations are greatly appreciated! I hope everyone has a safe trip home.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

JULY FRIENDSHIP CHESS FESTIVAL DAY ONE !

Sixteen players headed up Day One at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. The first day results show International Master Mladen Vucic, (East Aurora NY), National Master Lionel Davis (Buffalo NY), and Candidate Master Daniel Malkiel (Pittsburgh, PA) at the top of the leaderboard with 2.5/3 points. Also in the hunt are Erik Lubas (8th grader), Yakun Hu (12th grader),Dr. James Paul, Neal Goldberg(Virginia) and James Davis with 2.0/3 points.

Sunday's schedule starts promptly at 10am and the Finals are at 2pm.

Kudos to third grader Miles James of the Urban Knights, for stepping up his game and participating in the Chess Festival.

Well wishes go out to Mrs. Ken Regan for her recent eye surgery and Neal Goldberg's mother who is in the hospital. Prayers for strength and guidance to Ken Regan as he helps with his wife's recovery.

Both local International Masters Vucic and Kenneth Regan,(2008 & 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion) are scheduled to participate in the August Friendship Chess Festival, which will also be at The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. It will be held on Saturday, August 21st and August 22nd, 2010.

If you would like to register or get more information please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com . Advance registration for the August Friendship Festival is Saturday, August 14th, 2010, Please mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. Please include full name, USCF ID number and telephone number.

Respectfully, Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

FIDE MASTER TO ATTEND JULY CHESS FESTIVAL

C. Boor, Fide Master, USCF rated 2322 from Columbus, Ohio and David "Pawnmaster" Mc Duffie USCF rated 1871, from Baltimore Maryland plan to be in the FIDE Open section this weekend at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St, Buffalo NY. Looks like our marketing efforts are reaching other FIDE players.

Players can still register in advance with full name, USCF ID number, section of play and telephone number, reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com, no later than midnight on Friday, July 16th.

Two sections are FIDE Open and U1500. U1500, advance entry fee $30 or $50 Cash only at the door. U1500 Cash prizes are $150 - $90 - $60. Some U1500 advance entries are Dr. James Paul (Mayors Cup 2010 U1500 Champion), James Davis, Steve Baer, Demeterious Pyros, Yakun Hu, Joshua Hampton and James Hampton.

If you have any questions, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Thanks in advance for your help and continued support.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Patterson wins in Sardinia

Albert(Pat) Patterson(left) won the Sardinia Swiss tournament last Saturday. Patterson was in fine form,defeating Todd Thompson, Ryan Madden in a sharp Goring gambit, and then Mike Jocko in the final. Jocko and Madden tied for 2nd while Zach Madden won the u800 prize by beating Thompson in a playoff. Mike Jocko's daughter Katy also participated in her first tournament. Welcome to the USCF Katy!
Next tournament august 7th. See you there!

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. July 3 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. Prizes based on entries Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail warner689@roadrunner.com

Westfield Summer Team Match

Saturday, August 14th in Westfield, Charles Ferraro will be hosting a Summer Team Match against, Hornell, Westfield, Erie PA.

Are there any players who would like to represent Buffalo - Niagara area? No other details so far other than Game 90(85 with a 5 sec delay), I have given indication that I would bring a team from the Buffalo area. Please reply if you would like to participate, along with email and contact number to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

FRIENDSHIP JULY CHESS FESTIVAL 2010

Hosted and presented by Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., Buffalo Fire Commissioner, The Kellogg Leadership for Community Change and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. July 18th and 19th, 2010, Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Main near Heath, Free Off street parking in the back.

This is the third annual Can/Am International FIDE Masters summer series held in Buffalo, NY on July 17th & 18th, August 21t & 22nd and September 18th & 19th, 2010. As listed in Chess Life TLA, the tournament is posted for 20 Enchanced Grand Prix points, Five rounds, Swiss, FIDE/USCF rated, Game 120. USCF membership is required. Entry Fee is $55.00, Guaranteed Cash Prizes $350, $250 and $200, Class Prizes: U2000 $175 and U1800 $150.

All players are required to check in by 9:30am. Games will start on Saturday, July 17th at 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday, July 18th games start at 10am and 2pm.

All registrations should be POSTMARKED no later than July 10th, 2010 or 7 days prior to the tournament. Please mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, New York, 14221 with full name, FIDE/USCF Id number, Section and telephone number.

For U1500 Section players, same game schedule, Advance Entry fee is $30 v. $50, Cash Prizes are $150, $90 and $60.

VISITORS: Tour the Buffalo website for all there is to SEE and DO in the area, www.visitbuffaloniagara.com. Also the CVB Of Buffalo has reduced hotel/motel room rates available.

I want to thank everyone in advance for their continued support in making this summer series a success. Advance online registrations with full name, USCF id number, section of play and telephone number to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN MEMORIAL RESULTS

Twenty five players came out on Father's Day eve, so we want to wish all our fathers, uncles, chess dads, granddads and father figures of the chess community a very happy Father's DAY!

The top five winners of the Buffalo Fire Commissioners, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr. Star Scholastic Section were Christian F.E. Collier, senior at East High School, 2nd place - Raemell C. Johnson, City Honors, 3rd place - James W. Hampton, East High, 4th place - Joshua A. Hampton, East High and 5th place - Jonathan J. Boone, East High. All are members of the Urban Knights Chess Club. Our only female was Lorena M. James, Nichols, member of the Urban Queens Chess Club.

There was a three way tie in the Red Tail #332 Fighter Group U1500 Section, Co Champions were Mike Jocko, James P. Davis and new comer from chess.com was Demetrios Pyros.

Upset leaders were Michael Dunn with 378 points, Steve L. Baer with 146.5 points, James P. Davis, 137 points, and Vinay Sharma, Ontario Canada with 23.5 points.

Making a comeback off his second place finish at the 2010 Mayor's Cup Masters Championships was Lionel L. Davis, National Master and the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Red Tail #99 Fighter Group Champion, 2nd place tie was Erik W. Lubas and Barry Davis.

Upset leaders were Erik W. Lubas with 1149.5 points defeating Barry Davis, National Master and earning a Draw against Lionel L. Davis, National Master, and Barry Davis with 31 points.

Please join us for our Summer Friendship Chess Festival, Five rounds, Game 120, FIDE rated, two sections are Masters Open and U1500. To be held at the Gloria J Parks Community Center on Saturday & Sunday, July 17th and 18th. For more information, please email reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY! Stop by and see the Urban Knights at the Juneteeth Festival, Sunday, June 20th, Martin Luther King Jr Park, playing chess from 2pm until 5pm. We will be hosting a Bed, Bath and Body Works, "Signature Collection Basket", Raffle tickets are 3 for $5.00 or an arms length for $20.00. Drawing will be held on wednesday, June 30th at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr Branch Library at 7pm.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN MEMORIAL GRAND PRIX

Proudly presented by Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., in conjunction with Simpson & Simpson, PLLC and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo New York 14201.

FREE PARKING under Mall and Food Court open during tournament play.

Please join me in honoring America's first military black airmen! The Red Tail fighters were awarded Presidential Unit citations for Outstanding Tactial Air Support and Aerial Combat.

GURANTEED CASH PRIZES $445.00! SWISS, 4 ROUNDS, GAME 50, USCF Open rated, Games start promptly at 9:45am, 11:30pm, 1:15pm and 3pm. All particpants should check in no later than 9:30am, which will allow us to start promptly!

Advanced entries are $20 or $35.00 Cash only onsite. Online registrations to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com for $20 entry must be received by midnight, wednesday June 16, 2010, please include full name, section and USCF Id number. All players must bring chess clock, chess board and chess set. None provided!

Three Sections:Open Red Tail Fighters - 1st Place $120 - $80 & U1900 $75, Red Tail Fighters U1500 - 1st Place $80 - $50 - $40, & Buffalo Fire Commissioner's Stars and Sparks Scholastics, 5 Rounds, Swiss, Game 30, Entry fee $10, RED TAIL Trophies awarded to the TOP 4 winners!, Scholastics games start at 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm, Awards to follow immediately.

Please mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221, must be received no later than wednesday, June 16, 2010. No checks or credit cards accepted!

PIZZA & REFRESHMENTS provided for all registered tournament players!

SAVE THE DATES! Our Summer Friendship 2010 Chess Festival will be held at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14215, starts our CAN/AM International FIDE Masters Series, 20 U.S.C.F. Enhanced Grand Prix Points, listed in the upcoming Chess Life TLA, World Chess Federation FIDE Rated! Entry fee $55, CASH prizes - 1st place $350, $250 & $200, Class Prizes - U2000 $175, U1800 $150, WCF U1500 section, Entry fee $30 v $50 Cash only onsite! Guaranteed Cash Prizes $150, $90 and $60. First series starts on Sat. July 17th and 18th, August 21st & 22nd and September 18th & 19th, 2010. Saturday Rounds at 10am, 2:30pm & 7pm, Sunday at 10am and 2pm. We need FIDE rated players to make this a success, please reach out to others outside the Buffalo Niagara community and invite them to Buffalo, "The Gateway" to World Chess Federation competition.

I want to extend my personal thanks to the Buffalo - Niagara Chess community in advance for your continued dedication and support to help us grow.

Respectfully submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and Chief Arbiter!