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A record attendance for the first chess outing for the new year 2010. There was 43 total chess players, a record number in the Scholatic Stars Section of 15 players. Not shown in Eckman Stars were Janae N. Baker and Delmar M. Green. The final results had Champion Trevor D. Cohn, 6th grader, Kenmore Middle School who won his second title in two months, 2nd Place was Matthew T. Leahy, Sophomore at Bishop Timon, 3rd Place Miles A. James, Olmstead #64 and Urban Knights Chess Club, and 4th Place Sean V. Mc Donough, 6th grader at Kenmore Middle. New USCF members were Janae N. Baker, Cameron Davis, Delmar M. Green, Matthew T. Leahy and Jordan C. Duell.

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A total of sixteen chess players participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. U1500 Section. The Upset Leaders were Barrett Furton of Rochester NY with 624 points, David Gluchowski with 241.5 pts, James Harris with 218.5 pts, James P. Davis 118 pts, Vic Bahl - 58 pts, Scott Wilson - 37.5 pts, and Joe Covley 16 pts.

The Champion was Joe Covley a Senior from Bishop Timon, 2nd Place tie was James P. Davis, Esq. and Steve L. Baer. A special thanks to Coach Bowers and Coach Warner for making it possible for their chess teams to compete against each other outside of their school schedules.

In the "Remember Haiti" Open Section had twelve players, USCF ratings ranged from 1183 to 2416. Our first female open player was Alanna Katz, rated 1859 from New York City, a student at the University of Buffalo, played in the World Team tournament last year in New Jersey.

The 2010 Champion was Kenneth W. Regan Ph.D, International Master and Professor at the University of Buffalo went undefeated 4 - 0. Dr Regan made a donation to the Haitian Relief fund at American Red Cross, Buffalo Chapter in the name of the Archagel 8 Chess Academy. Second Place went to Marijan Procyk and U1900 winner was Ryan Madden, Pioneer Chess Team. Upset Leaders were Benjamin W. Havey(1727) who defeated Barry Davis(2101) in the 1st round for a total of 456 pts, Erik Lubas with 418.5 pts, Ryan Madden 138.5 pts, David S. Miller 132.5 pts and Meghesh Pansari from Rochester NY with 10 pts.

Our next Grand Prix tournament will be on saturday, February 13th, 2010, Four Rounds, Swiss, Game 50, No Scholastic Section since they will be at the Global Concepts Charter tournament, Two Sections will be Open and U1500, Advance entries of $20 vs $35 Cash only at the door, always welcomed no later than wednesday, February 10, 2010, mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo New York 14221.

Lastly, Robert Simpson, Esq of Simpson and Simpson donated a contribution towards the Pizza, beverages, a 4"Chess set and Wooden Chess board to the Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Dr. James J Paul donated the chocoalate candy desserts and Lorena James(sister of Miles), Mrs. Pencille (Chess Mom of Andrew)and Mrs. Cummings(Chess Mom of Miles) for their "Catering Services" of Pizza. We thank them for their special acts of kindness to the chess community. Please keep the people of Haiti in your prayers, donations can be sent to the American Red Cross, Haitian Relief Fund, 786 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo New York 14209, or


  1. Indeed, I split my prize between the A.R.C. address given by Michael, and the relief efforts of my church thru the ELCA.

    My opponents had their chances: Tom Warner cashed a check too late for a big edge (mutual blind spot?), Marjan could have withstood my Q-side pressure, and Barry could have grabbed a center pawn with his Knights facing pins my rampaging Bishops against his Q and K and lived. (Maybe.) Is it uplifting to know that my quantitative work is verifying that if you could always avoid blundering more than 2 pawns in Moves 1--40, then you could be world champion!---?

    My game with Marjan (White) began 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6. So have 10,129 previous games according to my ChessBase Mega 2007 with regular TWIC updates database. Then he played 5.Ne5!?---which is far from a bad move---and the number of priors drops to *one*. Josep Garriga Nualart vs. Xavier Pinero Fernandez, Barcelona Forum-A(1), 1997, 0-1 in 1997. Scary thing is, I've met some players who were booked up enough to know things like that...

  2. I was afraid ti play 8.Nc6!
    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Ne5!? Bb7 6. f3 d6 7. Qa4+ Nbd7 Here I was afraid of 8. Nc6, where I thought my knight would be in danger to be trapped, which is not the case. I guess I might repeat 5.Ne5 again sometimes in the future, but doubtfully against our dear Doctor. It was nice to play in this tournament, because nowdays I cannot play that often. Marijan

  3. In our game I played 7...Nfd7 not 7...Nbd7, for exactly that reason: to double-cover c6! Then after 8.Nxd7, I played 8...Nxd7 to transpose.

    I may annotate our game, because the positional concepts in moves 10--22 are very interesting and instructive. I have to work out how better to do game annotations on a Google blog...