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The Fourth Annual Buffalo Mayors Cup and Class Chess Championships, featuring defending 2009 Mayor's Cup Champion Vance Williams, will be held on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union (1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY) and is presented by Buffalo State College Student Affairs in conjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy and Simpson and Simpson, PLLC.

In the Mayor's Cup Section, EF $55, 5 Rounds, Swiss, Game 120, Guaranteed Cash Prizes, First Place winner will be crowned the title of 2010 Buffalo Chess Champion & awarded $300, 2nd Place $225, 3rd Place $150, U1900 $150. The Championship title will be awarded only to residents of the Western New York region. Mayor's Cup game schedule will be Sat at 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm., Sun at 9:30am & 2:30pm. The Mayors Cup trophy presentation by Mayor Byron W Brown with pictures to follow.

NYS Senator Antoine M. Thompson U1500 Section, EF$45, 6 Rounds, Game 90, Guaranteed Cash Prizes - 1st $200, 2nd $100 & 3rd $75. Game Schedule U1500 & U1200 on Sat at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm, Sun. at 10am & 2pm. NYS State Senator Antoine M Thompson trophy presented by Sen. Antoine M. Thopmson to follow.

Jeff White Memorial U1200 Section, EF $35, 6 Rounds, Game 90, Guaranteed Cash Prizes, 1st Place $125, 2nd Place $90, 3rd Place $50. Awards to follow.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. Star Scholastic K - 12 Section, EF $20, 6 Rounds, Game 60. Game Schedule on Sat at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, Sun. at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Trophies to the Top 5 Winners. Trophy presentation by Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield Jr.

All entry fees are to be received no later than Monday, May 31, 2010. Entries after May 31, 2010 please add an additional $25.00. Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221, please include the section of play, full name, FIDE/USCF ID number and telephone number. Advance online registrations must be received by Monday, May 31, 2010 by midnight to

This two day chess championship will be both a FIDE and United States Chess Federation Rated tournament. It will be the first of four such FIDE rated tournaments that will be held this summer in Western New York. The other three all will be part of The 2010 CanAm International FIDE Master Series with weekend dates of July 17th & 18th, August 21st & 22nd, and September 18th & 19th. The CanAM series will be a 20 point Enhanced Grand Prix event and have guaranteed prizes of $350 - $250 - $200, U2000 $175 and U1800 $175 and this should make this International series an attraction for Canadian FIDE rated players to come to Buffalo.

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  1. Are the Open Section prizes 350-250-200 U2000 175, or 300-225-150 U1900 150? Conflicting amounts are given in paragraphs three and four.

  2. The CAN/AM International Masters Series, which will be held on July 17 & 18th, Aug. 21st & 22nd, Sept. 18th & 19th has Open Section Cash prises of $350-$250-$200. U2000 $175, U1800 $150.

    The 4th Annual Mayor's Cup Championships has Open Section Cash prizes of $300, $225, $150, U1900 $150. I apologize for any confusion and I hope this answers your question.

  3. I intend to play, to "defend" my 2008 title.

    Congratulations to Viswanathan Anand on the successful defense of his title! Harish and I both have been active commenters in other blogs, including today a note about how Vishy calculated 11+ moves ahead at Move 40. Many engines don't see it or take a long time to do so---which caused chat commenters and even some bloggers to express consternation about Anand's move! What Vishy had to calculate is:

    40. Rf8+ Kg7(!)
    41. Nf5+ Kh7
    42. Rg3 Rxg3+
    43. hxg3 Qg4+
    44. Kh2 Re2+
    45. Kg1 Rg2+
    46. Qxg2 Bxg2
    47. Rf7+ Kg6! (Topalov actually played 47. Kxg2)
    48. Rg7+ Kxf5
    49. Rxg4 hxg4
    50. Kxg2

    A potentially difficult horizon for engines because now the position is quiet, and it takes a lot longer for machine than human to see that after 50...Ke4! Black is winning.

  4. Pleae enter Tom Warner, Albert Patterson and Ryan Madden in Open. Ryan Palmisano in u1200 and Nathan Palmisano in Scholastic. I may have more.
    Note there is only 5 rounds scheduled for u1500 and u1200. Should there be 6?